The role of a development director (fundraising) is to develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds for their organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. The development director's primary responsibility, however, is to oversee fundraising, rather than to actually raise money themselves. This person may write grants, research foundations and corporations, and oversee or implement fundraising strategies; they mostly work mostly behind the scenes, establishing a structure for effective fundraising.
The development director may also be responsible for the financial condition of the organization, including developing business plans in collaboration with the board for the future of the organization. The development director is accountable to the executive director and the board, which grants the executive director the authority to run the company and reports to the executive director on a regular basis. The board often offer suggestions and ideas about how to increase the fundraising, including contacts, and the development director chooses how to implement these ideas to maximize inflow while keeping outflow at a minimum and keeping donors happy.
Directors of development usually hold a bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, economics, or a related field. Excellent communication skills are essential, as the development director also often fulfills a public affairs role as well. Directors of development also usually have extensive experience in development, fundraising, grantwriting, and/or other relevant work.
Director of Development (Fundraising) Tasks
- Oversees fundraising: write grants, research foundations and corporations, and oversee or implement other fundraising strategies.
- May also be responsible for the financial condition of the organization along with business development.
- Develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds for their organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.