m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting the Children’s Defense Fund in the search for a Chief Development Officer. For more information please see the complete Position Description.

CDF seeks an experienced fundraising strategist to systematically target, cultivate and solicit individual, business and foundation donors, expand annual fundraising and drive a multi-year endowment campaign.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Founder & CEO, members of the National Board and state CDF leaders, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will shape the organization’s overall fund development strategy.

The CDO will view all Children Defense Fund advocacy, policy work, programs, research, events and publications as opportunities to market and raise funds for CDF; and all constituents, staff members, National Board and other volunteers as part of the fundraising team. The CDO will be responsible for marshalling the attributes, resources and networks of CDF to raise annual, endowment and capital funds.

In collaboration with, and active participation of, the Executive Director, Founder & CEO, National Board members, and other CDF leaders, the CDO is expected to personally solicit, or arrange for the solicitation of, annual unrestricted, restricted capital and endowment gifts in support of CDF. Graceful communication, an ability to understand the needs and motives of donor-investors, and experience in structuring agreements that simultaneously fulfill the requirements of CDF and donors, are key elements of this position. Long term cultivation of individual and institutional donors will be critical to the overall success of the fundraising effort.

Children’s Defense Fund was founded by Marian Wright Edelman. The first African American woman admitted to The Mississippi Bar, Mrs. Edelman began practicing law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and contributed to the organizing of the Poor People’s Campaign, an initiative of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. After founding the public interest law firm Washington Research Project, Mrs. Edelman increasingly focused on issues affecting children living in poverty. In 1973 she founded the Children’s Defense Fund as a voice for children adversely impacted by poverty, discrimination and lack of a safe environment.

For additional information, please contact David Santore, Kim Brettschneider or Mark Oppenheim or at info [at] moppenheim [dot] com

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