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Strategic Development Consultant

July - December 2022

Remote

Project:

Vote Mama is seeking a development consultant to support the fundraising efforts of our 501(c)(3) research and advocacy arm, Vote Mama Foundation, and our 501(c)(4) organizing arm, Vote Mama Action. The consultant will spearhead fundraising strategy, pipeline development, cultivation, stewardship, and ensure successful execution of Vote Mama’s revenue goals for the 2022 calendar year. The consultant will report to Vote Mama Founder & CEO Liuba Grechen Shirley.


Timeline:

July 1 - Dec 31, 2022, with flexibility for limited introductory meetings prior.


Deliverables:

  • Close approximately $400,000 in renewal grants from current funders, including institutional funders, HNW individual donors, and mid-level donors.

  • Steward additional existing donors, including by editing all required reports (approximately 5 reports due in this period, largely for general operating support), and activating CEO’s regular engagement of funders.

  • Close revenue gap of $150,000 for Vote Mama Foundation and $150,000 for Vote Mama Action by partnering with CEO to cultivate a small existing prospect list as well as identifying and delivering a pipeline of new prospects.


Advisory Services:

  • Guide longer-term pipeline-building strategy by overseeing staff-led prospect research.

  • Serve as a thought partner to the CEO on expanding donor engagement strategy to improve cultivation and stewardship.

  • Advise CEO on management of Board Members toward achieving individual $5,000 give/gets.


Activities:

  • Edit staff-driven grant proposals and reports, including those already scheduled to be due to existing funders, those generated by new activity during proposal timeline, and those required to steward individual supporters.

  • Partner with Accountant to develop customized budgets for proposals and reports, where necessary. (Note: current grants are for general operating support.)

  • Advise on prospecting plan and research.

  • Prepare fundraising communication materials, including but not limited to programmatic overviews, power points, or donor emails.

  • Attend virtual donor meetings with the CEO and/or other Vote Mama staff.

  • Attend select virtual staff meetings to discuss fundraising strategy.

  • Attend virtual meetings with board members to support their fundraising.

  • Support CEO in developing talking points for key audiences, including for key donor meetings or board meetings.


Additional Background:

Vote Mama Foundation was publicly launched in Spring 2020 and Vote Mama Action is publicly launching now. Both have grown rapidly, receiving grants from several established institutions, including Open Society Foundations, Schusterman Philanthropies, The Ascend Fund, and Democracy Fund Voice. This is a critical time for the organizations, as we seek to maintain this growth and expand our impact through the end of 2022 and beyond.


Vote Mama’s Director of Development will be on maternity from approximately July 1-Dec 31, 2022. Vote Mama has 6 other full-time staff, who will be taking on some of the Director of Development’s day to day activities, such as revenue tracking, gift acknowledgements, board management, and other administrative and operational activities.


Submissions:

Email proposals to corie@votemamafoundation.org by Fri June 10th.

Terms of engagement subject to negotiation in collaboration with the selected consultant.