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Arts development opportunity in Spartanburg


Spartanburg's Chapman Cultural Center, front view of the building from street.

Chapman Cultural Center is hiring a development officer.

The development officer is responsible for assisting with the fundraising of the United Arts Annual Fund Campaign for Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. The development officer works closely with the VP Resource Development position in creating and implementing an annual fundraising and stewardship plan with goals, objectives, and strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual gifts. Read the full job description here. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to LOconnell@spartanarts.org. There is no deadline to apply, but don't delay. The Hub was told the process might move quickly.

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Development/operations position open in Lancaster

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is seeking a development & operations administrator. Excellent learning and growth opportunity for a development and operations professional in established nonprofit organization in Lancaster, S.C. The position is 20-25 hours per week initially but will expand as development initiatives are realized. Successful applicant will have proven experience in grant-writing and reporting; development strategies to ensure long-term stability and growth; excellent research and communication skills. Candidate will work closely with executive director to manage operations to enrich the quality of life in Lancaster by building a vibrant community connecting the arts, culture and economic vitality. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in similar role required. No phone calls, please. Send cover letter, resume, and references by May 25 to: Lancaster County Council of the Arts PO Box 613 Lancaster, S.C. 29721

Position Description

The development & operations administrator will report to the executive director, assisting with resource development, organizational management, program oversight, and advocacy initiatives. This position will work closely with the executive director to achieve the organizational and development goals set forth in the strategic plan. Incumbent must believe in our core values and be driven by the LCCA mission and a commitment to quality, performance and outcomes.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Expand current development program, identifying additional resources; grant applications and reporting; donor cultivation and stewardship and other development initiatives as assigned
  2. Provide support and integration of operations and programming to adhere to the strategic plan, mission and budget
  3. Implement and maintain donor management system; publish accurate donor reports as needed
  4. Work closely with Executive Director on programmatic and operational plan and provide leadership in development area and community initiatives


  1. Excellent (written and verbal) communicator who creates and nurtures an interconnection in the community with corporate sponsors, business and education partners, foundations, artists, patrons, staff
  2. Demonstrated grant-writing and research skills
  3. Experience in relevant development strategies for a small non profit
  4. Critical thinking skills for the ability to make recommendations to maximize resources for efficient operations
  5. Ability to interact with members, staff, guests in fast-paced environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient
  6. Belief in the value of the arts and a healthy, vibrant community and proven commitment to ‘arts for all’ mission
  7. Demonstrated computer literacy, and working knowledge of current technology
  8. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in similar role

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Chapman Cultural Center seeking corporate giving manager

Apply by August 11. Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg is seeking a corporate giving manager who loves Spartanburg and the arts. He/she must thrive on connecting people with great causes. Making calls and meeting strangers in local businesses is a must. Chapman Cultural Center is a fun and exciting work environment that produces meaningful work for the entire community. Corporate giving manager is responsible for assisting with the fundraising of the United Arts Annual Fund Campaign and works closely with the senior development staff in creating and implementing an annual fundraising and stewardship plan with goals, objectives, and strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporate gifts. Description of work/primary job factors: Fundraising

  • Actively cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate donors in the Upstate region looking for revenue growth and increased corporate donor investment
  • Collaborate with the development staff to design and execute United Arts Fund campaign collateral including brochure, online giving campaigns, and direct mail solicitations, etc.
  • Assist in managing ROIs of direct mail solicitations and recommend potential opportunities for additional direct mail campaigns
  • Manage donor recognition and stewardship program to retain donors and encourage increased engagement in the arts
  • Work with the development staff and marketing and communications director to convey our mission, value, and relevance in a manner that is highly compelling in all of our communications and marketing materials
  • Lead organization to increase donor retention with special emphasis on first-time corporate donors and lapsed corporate donors
  • Assist with the development committee of the board of trustees to successfully implement United Arts Fund annual campaign, stewardship activities, and events
Special events
  • Assist development team with Cultural Champions luncheon, Peggy Gignilliat reception, and other donor recognition events
  • Attend community cultural events and represent United Arts Fund Campaign at festivals and community events
Annual giving campaign administration
  • Utilize Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software and target analytics to support strategic donor cultivation and solicitation; and to prepare campaign management reports, campaign forecasting, prospect tracking, etc.
  • Work with development associate to insure accurate and timely gift record-keeping, management of database, and all records, files, gift processing, pledge reminder and donor acknowledgements
  • Provide support for the president, development staff, and campaign chairs, committee members and other campaign leadership as well as the board of trustees. Attend development committee related meetings, scheduled board meetings and monthly executive committee meetings
Salary range: $30,000 - $40,000 depending upon experience. Find more details and application instructions online.

Music Foundation of Spartanburg seeks development director

The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is seeking a development director to develop, implement, administer, evaluate, and monitor an aggressive fundraising program. This is a 30-hour per week position requiring some nights and weekends.  Salary commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Primary responsibilities will be to develop and secure funds to reach/surpass fundraising goals through a variety of financial development vehicles including:  1) individual gifts and individual donor upgrading, 2) corporate gifts and sponsorships, 3) foundation support for specific programs and projects, 4) advertisement solicitation, and 5.) special events. Duties and responsibilities

  • Major and planned giving: Expanding the number of leadership gift-level ($2,500+) and planned gift supporters. Developing goals and strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each donor. Engaging in face-to-face solicitations with donors and prospects and securing leadership-level gifts. Conducting prospect research and actively leading the identification of major gift prospects to bring new supporters into the organization.
  • Annual support: Implementing strategies to most effectively renew and increase gifts from annual support donors (gift capacities of less than $2,500). Solicits donations and cultivates relationships with donors in order to develop, secure, and maintain new income sources for present and long term financial support.
  • Corporate sponsorship and ads: Identify, solicit and cultivate new and existing corporate sponsors and advertisers to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  • Grants: Leading and expanding the foundation grants program. Cultivating relationships with local foundations as strategically appropriate.
  • Events: Planning and executing strategic cultivation and stewardship events, as applicable.
  • Database: Maintaining confidential fundraising information in our database (eTapestry). Ensuring the accuracy of donor records. Creating and running relevant reports (including donor activity, revenue projections, and development program performance) and sharing them with the Executive Director, finance staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Communications: Ensures that all communication to and from donors and potential donors (individual and corporate) are handled in an accurate, timely, and professional manner.
  • Goals: Working with the Executive Director, creates financial development goals, monitors progress, and develops strategies to ensure fundraising goals are attained.
  • Other duties as necessary.
  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, marketing or a related field with specialized training in fundraising management highly desirable.
  2. Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising and fundraising management, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities, project management and meeting deadlines with strong planning and organizational skills.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to music@spartanarts.org. Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2017, for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. About The Music Foundation of Spartanburg The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is the largest professional performing arts organization in Spartanburg with roots reaching back to the 1880s.  Our mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high quality music.  The numerous mission based programs include: the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (including a Classics Series and Espresso Series), Music Sandwiched In, SPO on the Square, Spartanburg Music Trail, Link Up, Peanut Butter & Jam, and, the most recent addition, the Bluegrass Concert Series.

South Arts seeking director of communications and development

South ArtsSouth Arts, one of the nation’s six Regional Arts Organizations and based in Atlanta, seeks a director of communications and development. South Arts is a fast-paced, multidisciplinary organization working regionally and nationally. This position reports directly to the executive director and creates and implements communications that effectively engage people with South Arts’ programs and services, as well as with the organization as a whole. Facility with online, written and visual messaging, and experience developing strategic communications plans, are required. This position also works with the board and executive director to plan and implement South Arts’ development efforts. This is an opportunity to be a key member of a diverse and creative team that is building a better South through the arts. Duties and responsibilities Communications (approximately 80 percent of this position’s time): Develop and implement an annual communications plan and budget for South Arts to span across all communications media (online and offline) and reach appropriate target audiences; evaluate the success of various strategies and provide and implement recommendations for improvement; design and implement South Arts’ communications activities including copywriting, graphic design, collateral materials, website content, public relations, and media relations; coordinate communications efforts with member state arts agencies and other strategic partners; develop, manage and maintain organizational communication vehicles, including but not limited to email newsletters, social media, brochures, one-pagers, websites and annual report; work collaboratively with appropriate internal staff to create and manage communications activities specific to program areas; Development (approximately 20 percent of this position’s time): Work with executive director to develop and implement a plan to guide resource development over the short and long term to support the strategic plan; conduct research of prospects, assist in matching prospects with prioritized needs, and make recommendations on which prospects to approach for contributions or sponsorships; prepare proposals and accompanying informational materials and conduct follow-up; provide stewardship in recognition of donor philanthropy; implement and maintain a management system for donor cultivation and solicitation; and other duties as assigned by executive director. Review the complete list of qualifications and find out how to apply. Application deadline: open until filled. About South Arts South Arts is a non-profit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with regional perspective. South Arts’ offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals. Via: South Arts

Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg seeking development associate

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg is seeking a development associate to support all fundraising activities. This position includes primary oversight of the donor database as well as generation of all fundraising reports as needed by the development department and all mailings. The development associate oversees the integration of records from the box office, merging all duplicates, and interacts regularly with the finance director to ensure clean financial data. This position works closely with the senior development director in the execution of cultivation and solicitation of corporate, individual and foundation gifts. The development associate is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the senior development director. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and as needed. Stewardship and Donor Relations

  • Responsible for all donor acknowledgements and assists with regular donor "touches"
Annual Fund -- responsible for coordinating and implementing annual fund activities
  • Generate invoices for pledged gifts and mail at least quarterly
  • Assist with folding, stuffing, sealing and stamping large mailings
  • Assist in the execution of all United Arts Fund collateral including brochures, online giving campaigns, direct mail solicitations, etc
  • Coordinate the printing, production, and mailing of all United Arts Annual Fund direct mail appeals, monthly anniversary letters and annual corporate grants and requests
  • Coordinate with senior development director to assist with the bi-yearly phone-a-thon including preparation of calling materials, and follow-up letters
Database Management
  • Utilize Blackbaud Raisers Edge software and Target Analytics to support strategic donor cultivation and solicitation and to prepare campaign management reports, campaign forecasting, prospect tracking, etc
  • Ensure accurate and timely gift record-keeping, management of database, and all records, files, gift processing, pledge reminder and donor acknowledgements
  • Post daily pledges/gifts/grants/payments to Raisers Edge database
  • Maintain data in Raisers Edge by running various clean-up queries and manually adjusting data or merging/purging records
  • Generate email lists from Raisers Edge for Constant Contact emails
  • Coordinate with director of finance to reconcile information between Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge monthly
  • Prepare all necessary fundraising reports
  • Assist senior development director in executing three annual donor stewardship events
  • Associates degree in a related field or 4 years related work experience
  • Raiser’s Edge proficiency with data entry, queries, exports, reports, batch gift entry, conditional mail merges, and database clean-up
  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of software applications, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles
  • Highly organized and detailed-oriented
  • Must be able to work independently, and handle confidential information and navigate sensitive situations
  • Detail oriented; ability to set priorities, work without supervision, and handle multiple tasks
  • Organized and efficient
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to foresee a need and act upon it
  • Physical requirements: 8+hrs of sitting, walking, talking and listening. Able to lift up to 25 lbs. Close vision to read monitors. 7+ hours of computer work per day
To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to  LHemond@SpartanArts.org. The mission of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. Founded in 1968 with a current budget of $2.1 million, The Arts Partnership is the oldest and largest countywide arts agency in the state of South Carolina, conducting the 19th largest United Arts Fund in the United States raising $1.2 million in grants and contributions. www.chapmanculturalcenter.org Via: Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg

Columbia Museum of Art seeking corporate giving and membership manager

The Columbia Museum of Art, located in Columbia, S.C., is seeking a corporate giving and membership manager to oversee three main areas of fundraising activities: sponsorships, corporate membership, and general membership. Responsibilities: Actively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate donors through membership and sponsorship, as well as individuals for sponsorships to meet or exceed the annual revenue goals. Act as primary contact for corporate donors to cultivate the relationships and build the corporate donor base. Maintain and grow the sponsorship prospect list to actively solicit individuals as well as companies for support of exhibitions and programs at the CMA. In charge of ensuring that the general membership goals are met. Develop and manage all general membership and gift acknowledgement strategies, activities, processes, and outcomes. Supervise the membership coordinator. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the director of development. This position includes significant social engagement. Extra work outside of normal working hours is typically necessary. Social obligations outside of the normal workday with current and prospective donors are necessary. Read the complete job description and find out how to apply: http://www.columbiamuseum.org/about/work-cma.

South Carolina State Library offering free grants research and proposal writing classes

The South Carolina State Library is offering two grants research and proposal writing classes open to the public at no charge. Grants Research: Finding a Funder for Your Nonprofit Organization. This class helps individuals working with nonprofit organizations locate information on grants available from private foundations and corporations using the South Carolina State Library's electronic and print resources. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and are offered on two different dates:

Proposal Writing Basics - This class will focus on what needs to be included in all grant proposals.  Sessions will be offered on two different dates: Both classes will be held at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia and are free; however, registration is required.  For more information, please contact Information Services Librarian Dawn Mullin at 803-737-3762 or dmullin@statelibrary.sc.gov.

Engaging Creative Minds seeks director of development and communications

Reporting to and in partnership with the executive director, the director of development and communications will spearhead these efforts as Engaging Creative Minds continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the director of development and communications will have the opportunity to build on our current efforts in public relations, brand awareness and fund acquisition and management. Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute ECM’s strategy for annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations to reach/surpass fundraising goals set by ECM’s board of directors
  • Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and school districts
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Develop and manage special events
  • Create and secure sponsorship packages
  • Develop and track proposals, donations and reports for all foundation and corporate gifts
  • Assist in preparation and management of annual organizational budget
  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • Five-plus years experience in nonprofit development
Skills needed:
  • Expert knowledge of fundraising techniques
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge or similar fundraising software
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems
  • Ability to handle sensitive information discreetly and maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent project management skills to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must be able to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Knowledge and interest in arts education
  • Experience in and ability to assist director of operations with recruiting and management of volunteer staff
Email letter of interest with salary requirements and resume to Robin@engagingcreativeminds.org. Job will be posted until filled.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Missouri, seeks chief development officer

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Application deadline: July 3, 2015 Reporting to the general director & CEO, the chief development officer is Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s senior and leading development professional, responsible for the strategy, implementation, evaluation and achievement of all support revenue goals. Lyric Opera of Kansas City is at a pivotal point in its growth, having recently defined a strategic direction for the company. This direction will require an accomplished, strategic thinker and an individual experienced with comprehensive fund-raising and strong experience in major gifts. The ideal candidate will possess the highest level of professional development knowledge, skill and experience, a collaborative spirit, excellent written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to manage an eclectic team of development professionals. Success in this role requires someone who is imaginative, highly self-motivated and works in a self-directed manner. Working conditions include a combination of general office work, prospecting calls, solicitation calls and community events activities. Work requires attendance at opera performances and other company events. While a majority of work occurs in relation to a long-term plan, the individual will be required to be flexible to changing priorities and additional projects that can require overtime and must have the ability to manage short-term deadlines. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence to: Ms. Amy Peak, Human Resources and Accounting Manager Lyric Opera of Kansas City 1725 Holmes St. Kansas City, MO 64108 hr@kcopera.org Deadline for applications: July 3, 2015 Complete job advertisement: http://genovesevanderhoof.com/opportunities/chief-development-officer/ For additional information: www.kcopera.org Via: Lyric Opera of Kansas City