Development Manager, Events and Individual Giving

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation will commensurate with experience and relevant labor market comparisons.



Start Date:



228 Saugatuck Avenue
United States


SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman, is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs, which have come together with a common purpose – to serve children with serious illnesses and their families, free of charge. Through our 30 initiatives around the world, SeriousFun reaches more than 132,000 children and families annually.

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Position Summary

 The Development Manager, Events and Individual Giving, will play a key role holding a range of responsibilities and supporting multiple projects that drive SeriousFun Children’s Network revenue growth and donor relations. The position will report to the Director, Donor Relations, and focus primarily on many aspects of the organization’s two signature galas each year in New York and London, plus continually supporting efforts to grow Individual Giving programs and donors. Primary duties include providing essential support for galas, including cultivation and stewardship efforts; and follow-up on event gifts, reviewing acknowledgement letters, getting invoices paid and tracking expenses. Secondary duties include researching prospects, using Raiser’s Edge (RE) to update constituent and gift information, providing information as requested by Gift Administration, and querying Raiser’s Edge to provide reports on constituents, gifts, actions and status. 


The ideal candidate should have experience coordinating event operations and interfacing with donors, plus possess outstanding project management and database skills. This position is a good fit for a polished, energetic, detail-oriented person with mid-level experience who is willing to wear many hats in a mission driven non-profit organization focused on serving children with serious illness. Versatility, initiative, attention to detail and a results-orientation are key attributes for the role.


Essential Responsibilities

Primary: EVENTS

  • Play a key role in planning gala, cultivation, and stewardship events.
  • Work with Director, Donor Relations to provide support to event leadership in their fundraising efforts (maintain lists, draft letters, etc.).
  • Manage process for all event mailings (pre-sale letters, save the dates, and invitations).
  • Produce invitation mailing lists and generate reports from RE.
  • Manage development of printed gala materials.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications team to develop electronic gala assets and manage timing and distribution.
  • Interface with all gala donors on purchase of ticket/table/ad sales and communicate with donors throughout the gala process to confirm listings, secure guest names, gather ads, etc.).
  • Manage gala seating process.
  • Manage details for live and silent auctions.
  • Track event and dept. expenses and submit paperwork for vendor payment or reimbursement.
  • Work with the finance department on event revenue and expense reconciliations.
  • Maintain financial reports and event gift information for the galas and reconcile event gift reports with Finance department, including donor restrictions on gifts.
  • Support individual fundraisers in ensuring accuracy of donor information in Raiser’s Edge including solicitors and listing of event donors in the Annual Report.
  • Assist with acknowledgment process.
  • Support Director, Donor Relations in
  • management of volunteers, staff, and vendors
  • onsite management on event day
  • planning and execution of smaller donor cultivation events
  • Co-manage the Young Professionals donor group, and oversee associated events.


  • When requested, conduct research on prospects and donors to determine capacity and propensity to give.
  • Assist with the preparation and development of funding proposals and reports to donors.
  • Create daily gift report; assist gift officers with review and revision of gift entry verification.
  • Gift Administration (Maximum of 10% of total time):
  • Process gifts and provide data entry support for events as needed.
  • Support management of relationship with Phi Kappa Tau.
  • Support execution of 3rd party fundraiser events and efforts.
  • Support fundraising appeals.
  • Support stewardship efforts.
  • Perform other development tasks as requested by management, using independent judgment and discretion.


Minimum Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (e.g. BA, BS) or equivalent
  • Three to five years of fundraising / donor relations experience, including event management.
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge database required
  • Thorough understanding of project management.
  • Ability to manage relationships with internal staff and external supporters.
  • Experience interfacing with donors, board members, and event committee’s a plus.
  • Experience writing or compiling and preparing grant proposal materials and reports a plus.
  • Have a passion for relationship building and working collaboratively with many stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Be a proactive self-starter able to adapt to changing needs and to manage several projects and deadlines. concurrently while maintaining a high level of quality.
  • Ability to work both independently but also as a member of a team who will productively engage others.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Possess commitment to excellence and to the mission of SeriousFun Children’s Network


Compensation will commensurate with experience and relevant labor market comparisons.


To apply, please complete the application including uploading your cover letter, salary requirements and resume by following the link below:


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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