Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events- Full Time/ Part Time

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The HOPE Program offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.




New York
United States


Essential Functions:

Individual Giving

HOPE currently achieves approximately 15% of our annual budget from a base of 1000 individual donors. We are seeking a Development Manager with major donor experience to grow this revenue stream.

●    Develop and implement an individual donor program which leverages HOPE’s existing base of donors and volunteers to increase major gifts by 20% in two years

●    Leverage corporate engagement opportunities to identify and cultivate prospective individual donors

●    Support Development Department in all aspects of the annual appeal, including development of collateral, donor lists and letters; list management; board engagement; and logistics of a 2,500+ piece mailing; oversee social media, donor follow up and other strategies to exceed $225,000 in individual contributions.

●    Ensure effective donor stewardship through prompt and compelling thank you letters, phone calls and other cultivation

●    Maintain meticulous records of donor engagement through Fund – EZ and databases

Special Events

The Development Manager has lead responsibility for HOPE’s signature events. Our lead event is A Taste of HOPE, a cocktail-style gala that takes place in May. Additional events include Humor for HOPE as well as new initiatives to cultivate major donors.

●    Work with Development Department, Executive Director and Board of Directors to identify event leadership, build and support a committee, and engage sponsors to achieve A Taste of HOPE fundraising goal ($400,000 in FY’19)

●    Identify and solicit in-kind food and beverage sponsors for A Taste of HOPE

●    Coordinate all logistics for A Taste of HOPE, including venue, catering, audiovisual, presentations, sponsors, journal, volunteers and others.

●    Cultivate existing and prospective sponsors for the Hunts Point Hustle, growing this event from $20,000 to $50,000 in three years

●    Engage community partners, media and other resources to achieve goal of 200 – 300 participants

●    Coordinate all logistics for the Hustle, including permits, vendors, food and beverage partners, and volunteers

●    Work with Gotham Comedy Club to secure a date and book talent for Humor for HOPE; coordinate outreach and communication with Board and staff to meet or exceed attendance goals.

●    Coordinate logistics for two annual student events, graduation and holiday party, serving approximately 200 program graduates and their families

●    Identify opportunities for new and innovative events to support HOPE’s mission


●       Manage HOPE’s full-time Development Assistant

●       Leverage HOPE’s active social media to support event and other fundraising goals

●       Participate in weekly team meetings and monthly staff meetings

●       Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

A dynamic and outgoing professional with demonstrated ability to succeed in a performance-driven environment. Experience in developing long-term relationships with funders, including corporations, individuals and the Board of Directors. Bachelor’s Degree with excellent computer, writing and interpersonal skills. This position is an active front-line fundraiser, meeting and interacting regularly with donors and prospects. Full or part-time position available.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

For consideration interested candidates are invited to email cover letter and resume to Please indicate in response how you learned of this opportunity. Resumes unaccompanied by a cover letter will not be reviewed. No telephone calls, please.


The HOPE Program is an equal opportunity employer.