Franklin Institute

Individual Giving Assistant, The Franklin Institute

Posted on October 23, 2017

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, seeks an Individual Giving Assistant to join its External Affairs team. The Individual Giving Assistant is part of the External Affairs Department of The Franklin Institute with responsibility for assisting all major gift activities and providing support for key fundraising efforts. This position works closely with front-line fundraisers and Institute leadership to achieve major giving goals and steward donors. The Individual Giving Assistant reports directly to the Director of Individual Giving, and works collaboratively with the development unit of the External Affairs Department. He/she will also:

  • Work closely with the VP of External Affairs to support major donor and Board related projects, including customized correspondence; meeting strategy, preparation, and logistics; and designed meeting materials and presentation.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all major gift prospects in order to successfully coordinate fundraising activities, including tracking progress using notes, actions, and reports in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Track and fully coordinate all major gift meetings (100+ annually), including research, staff and leadership prep, meeting materials, meeting logistics, and all follow-up actions.
  • Responsible for drafting and creating custom letters, funding proposals, program related collateral, and reports associated with major donors and major gift priorities.
  • Generate personalized and timely acknowledgements for major gifts, which includes Relationship Manager review, securing signatures, adding necessary enclosures, and mailing.
  • Support the Assistant Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving on all planned giving efforts.
  • Facilitate donor visits, tours, and other interactions at The Franklin Institute.
  • Staff various donor events such as exhibit openings, Galas, lectures, curatorial presentation, and The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and two or more years of development or related experience. The ideal candidate will be a motivated, highly organized, self-starter who is comfortable working closely with colleagues at all different levels of the organization. Excellent computer and phone skills are also necessary, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge (or similar donor database.) Candidate must be a strategic thinker, strong writer, excellent proofreader, and highly attentive to detail. Must be proactive, and a team player who wants to enjoy work and colleagues.

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Please include cover letter/resume when applying through LinkedIn.

To apply outside of LinkedIn: please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: The Franklin Institute, HR Dept. 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; E-mail: employment@fi.edu. EOE.


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