Maryland Legal Aid has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Donor Relations Coordinator to join a multi-faceted development office. The Donor Relations Coordinator provides creative support to the Development Office for all fundraising activities, with primary responsibility for donor communications, coordination of United Way and online giving campaigns, establishment and support of the funder affinity groups, and donor research. The Coordinator is also responsible for assisting with special events and a Major Gifts Program, as well as other fundraising activities as needed. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer who is well-organized, detail-oriented, tech-savvy.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with Director to ensure Maryland Legal Aid achieves aggressive goals in fundraising, donor retention, and development;
Draft, coordinate and execute direct mail solicitation appeals and timely acknowledgment letters;
Draft other donor communications including e-newsletters, event invitations, event programs, appropriate sections of Maryland Legal Aid’s annual report, and all related correspondence; and
Draft client success stories.
Draft and submit United Way Campaign applications;
Coordinate and conduct United Way Campaign outreach;
Manage website donations and online giving campaigns;
Utilize donor database in the preparation and analysis of donor reports, entry of donor prospects, and moves management tracking; and
Assist in the maintenance of accurate data and records.
Provide support to funder affinity groups;
Assist in planning, organizing, marketing, and implementing donor cultivation events to build awareness and raise individual support for Maryland Legal Aid; and
Represent the organization at partner and community events;
Grant Research and Writing:
With the assistance of Director of Development, research, draft and submit corporate and foundation grant proposals;
Manage grant compliance following awards; and
Work with appropriate staff to complete and submit timely grant proposals and reports.
Assist with research and cultivation of Major Gift prospects;
Provide support to the Equal Justice Council’s law firm campaign; and
Cultivate good working relationships with staff, Board, and clients.
MARYLAND LEGAL AIDFounded in 1911, Maryland Legal Aid is a statewide non-profit law firm whose mission is to provide high quality, effective, and free civil legal assistance for low-income persons and vulnerable communities throughout the State. With an organizational vision to protect and advance human rights so as to effect lasting social change, we achieve our clients’ goals through a broad co...ntinuum of services including brief advice and service, assistance to the self-represented, targeted referrals, community education, policy and systemic advocacy, transactional work, collaborative efforts with other organizations, and litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. We consistently focus our resources on the most pressing needs of low-income residents, providing legal services which support the integrity, safety, and well-being of the family, preserve the home and prevent the loss of housing, and maintain and enhance economic stability. This includes helping parents maintain custody of their children, restoring utilities, dealing with debts and debt collectors, obtaining needed healthcare and disability benefits and insurance coverage, preventing foreclosures, recovering unpaid wages, fighting unlawful evictions, and improving substandard and dangerous housing conditions. Accordingly, we provide legal assistance that directly addresses the most basic and essential needs of individuals and families. Annually, Maryland Legal Aid assists an estimated 70,000 people. Maryland Legal Aid maintains 13 offices throughout the state, with a dedicated staff of more than 250 employees including attorneys, paralegals, and administrative and support staff. Our 2014 budget is approximately $24 million. Roughly five percent of that budget is derived from non-governmental sources – e.g. foundations, law firms, and private individuals. Among the major sources of governmental funding, secured through annual applications, are the federal Legal Services Corporation, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and city and county grants. Maryland Legal Aid’s top executives and our Development Unit devote extraordinary efforts to identify and develop funding from both public and private sources. Our ability to span a wide spectrum of substantive areas of law enables us to also seek funding from an equally diverse group of sources. Furthermore, our exceptional reputation for excellence in the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals and families, often with complex, intertwined, and multiple problems, greatly enhances our credibility with existing and potential funding agencies and foundations.