Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots, civil society organization dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life. WAW advocates for women’s rights and challenges the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change.
WAW is looking for a New York-based fundraising consultant who can support the organization’s Development Team in implementing its fundraising activities for the year as described below.
Scope of Work
- Position Description for Director of Development Role
Timeframe: July/August to December (minimum 8 hours/week)
- Provide recommendations for the director’s scope of work based on your experience, expertise, industry knowledge, and WAW’s needs and resources
- Work with WAW’s Board of Directors, senior management team, and development team to create the scope of work for the role, taking into account the following:
- WAW’s funding model including opportunities for sustainable growth
- WAW’s budget and available funds for the position
- 20th Anniversary Event
Timeframe: July/August to October (minimum 4 hours/week and then 8 hours/week as event day nears)
- Provide fundraising directions for the event and lead its implementation with support from WAW’s development and communications team
- Work with the team to create an engaging fundraising event (including the concept and event style/type)
- Help WAW capitalize on its 20 years of work/impact and vision for the future (i.e. effectively utilize WAW’s successes to make the event interesting and engaging for donors)
- Keep a clear bird’s eye view and focus on the goals of the event while development staff are in the weeds of event organizing, logistics, promotions
- Keep leadership informed and work with leadership to engage with donors and promote the event, as appropriate
- Conduct major donor (existing and potential) and sponsorships outreach
- Work with and effectively engage US-based WAW staff to reach event goals
- Event day in early October
- Active in-person leadership during the day of the event from prep to post-event wrap-up (i.e. all day)
- Provide leadership and staff with directions for effective donor cultivation during the event and also follow-ups after the event
- Provide WAW with tools on how to leverage the event for future fundraising
- Year-end Appeal
Timeframe: October to December (minimum 3 hours/week)
- Working with WAW staff, provide expertise/guidance for the appeal regarding:
- Theme/framing of WAW’s work to maximize donations
- Creative ways to highlight WAW’s impact to effectively raise funds
- Online fundraising and awareness-raising event in December (complementary to the year-end appeal)
- Hand-write notes on major donor appeal letters and holiday cards (shared responsibility with the development team)
- Week before Thanksgiving (which will be on November 25), major donor appeal letters will arrive at WAW and each will need a handwritten note (usually around 300-400 letters)
- First to second week of December, WAW sends out holiday cards to major donors and organizational partners, which all need handwritten notes (around 500)
- Help write and edit copies/texts for the appeal (appeal letter, e-blasts, notes, etc.)
- All Proposals should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All proposals must include:
- A cover letter.
- Experience and qualifications of the consultant and the resume of the principal providing direct services for this project.
- A narrative that provides a concise yet detailed description of how the above Scope of Work will be accomplished, including the number of hours required by the consultant.
- Clear demonstration that the consultant has familiarity/knowledge of organizations similar to WAW, in addition to fundraising and events management.
- Project budget. Note that billing will coincide with reaching set milestones.
- Three (3) references from clients for whom the consultant has performed similar services.
All accepted proposals will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will be evaluated and scored using the following criteria:
- Overall match between the requirements and proposal submitted
- Qualifications and past performance
- Demonstrated ability to carry out similar fundraising work
- Cost effectiveness
The selection of the NY-based fundraising consultant is expected to proceed as follows:
Deadline for Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis up to July 2
Project Start Date as soon as July 12
Project End Date December 31