New Life Furniture – Mission / Vision and Background:
- Mission: To provide gently used furniture to families in need.
- Vision: To help end the cycle of homelessness by delivering a ‘missing piece’.
New Life Furniture Bank (NLFB) is Greater Cincinnati’s only furniture bank. A furniture bank works like a food pantry: local residents and businesses donate gently used, basic household furniture that is gathered by New Life Furniture Bank’s staff. Beds, dressers, tables, chairs, sofas, and lamps are stored briefly in a warehouse until they are selected to furnish the empty, unfurnished homes of low-income families living within Greater Cincinnati.
The chief objective is to work with social service agencies to help families overcoming homelessness, domestic abuse, extreme poverty or other devastating circumstances by providing basic, essential furnishings. Case workers locate permanent housing and NLFB furnishes the unfurnished dwellings. This dramatically improves the living conditions for many low-income Greater Cincinnati residents and significantly increases the likelihood that they will remain in stable housing.
NLFB is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 2009, that is funded primarily by direct public support including community grants, corporate and individual donations, private support, and fundraising efforts. Approximately 1/3 of the annual revenue is “program income” from fees charged to the social service agencies that refer clients for furnishings. NLFB is not presently a United Way agency and does not receive any service-specific government funding. For FY 2020 (1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020), NLFB’s annual revenue was $832,821 and 2021 annual budget is $1,008,600.
NLFB offers a competitive compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, generous paid time off (PTO) and an annual bonus incentive. Flexible scheduling, remote work options, and the opportunity to DO GOOD in our community with a passion-driven, dynamic, fun, and motivated team!
New Life Furniture Bank seeks an adaptable, articulate, and motivated professional with at least 4 years of nonprofit development experience to lead development efforts.
- Develop and execute an annual, comprehensive fund-raising plan and budget for each fiscal year.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward all donor relationships including major gifts, annual appeals, capital campaigns, community grants, reoccurring gifts, special event fundraisers, and donor cultivation and moves management activities.
- Maintain a donor management system, including a donor tracking database, donor communications, and evaluation and reporting systems. Oversee data entry, gift processing, and timely donor acknowledgments.
- Directs all agency communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, and community outreach activities including websites, social media, online marketing, brand development & awareness, newsletters, and other corporate communications.
- Coach, equip, and direct development team, including the Marketing Coordinator, Event Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator to execute plans and meet organizational goals.
Individual donor development
Establish the building blocks on which NLFB can build a broad-based individual giving program.
- Donor acquisition: Evaluate and lead efforts to increase the number of donations from individuals.
- Donor retention: Lead the timely production of gift acknowledgments and other communications with individual donors.
- Donor renewal and upgrades: Implement strategies to retain individual donors and solicit higher and/or recurring donations.
Establish and manage relationships to solicit major gifts from individuals.
- Work with key volunteers and executive staff to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects and donors.
- Manage the production of special letters, gift acknowledgments, and other communications with major gift donors.
- Develop and implement a system to support major gifts.
Develop and implement a strategic fundraising strategy to secure corporate contributions.
- Identify, qualify, and prioritize potential corporate funders for unrestricted operating support and specific programs or events.
- Develop relationships with funders through presentations, personal meetings, regular communications, or arranging for meetings with NLFB’s management.
Develop and implement events to support organizational goals.
- Plan, manage, and direct the development team to execute all fundraising and special events, including soliciting sponsors, securing auction items, and logistics.
- Organize events (public and invitation-only) to promote NLFB.
Marketing and communications
Promote NLFB to increase awareness of the mission.
- Coordinate the design and production of promotional materials, brochures, flyers, and other collateral.
- Manage and monitor agency websites, social media pages, and other online platforms.
- Produce annual report, agency newsletters and coordinate production and distribution.
Public and Media Relations
Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for NLFB’s mission
- Produce and distribute media releases and manage media relationships
- Plan, coordinate and execute public events, programs, and activities.
Develop and execute annual grant strategy to support fundraising goals.
- Prepare annual grants forecast, calendar, and budget and produce quarterly status reports.
- Work with grants writer to actively research funding sources and prepare materials required for the timely application for funding from foundations and/or other sources.
- Ensure that grants reports are prepared in a timely manner, approved, and submitted as requested.
- Appropriately acknowledge grant awards, public announcements, and recognition.
Systems and infrastructure
Create systems to run a best-practices fundraising program.
- Create an annual fundraising calendar of activities.
- Maintain all donor records and ensure the accuracy and efficacy of the donor database.
- Create monthly and annual fundraising reports.
- Gather information (budgets, materials, evaluation reports, etc.) to support grant requests and reporting.
- Coordinate the sorting and handling of donor receipts.
- Manage donor acknowledgment, including thank you notes and phone calls.
- Rigorously evaluate all efforts and progress toward goals.
Perform other duties as needed or assigned.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in development, marketing, communications, business, or finance preferred.
- Experience: 5-7 years of development/fundraising experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
- Collaboration: Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, the general public, and donors.
- Relationship building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers and the community.
- Professional development: Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information. Comfort with ambiguity, the ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and ability to work well under pressure.
- Influencing: Demonstrated commitment to NLFB’s mission and ability to present, inform, and motivate individuals and groups about NLFB’s mission and programs.
- Communications: Skilled in creating written and oral communications for fundraising.
- Ability to lead long- and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all deadlines with the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work.
- Ethical Conduct
- Communication Proficiency
- Highly proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) and experience working with electronic donor tracking systems/databases, cloud file storage, email marketing tools, and event planning platforms. Experienced with social media for marketing or fundraising campaigns.
Physical Demands: While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to climb or balance, talk or hear; and occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat or cold weather; occasionally exposed to work in high, precarious places, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.