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Director of Philanthropy

Company: YMCA of Honolulu
Date Posted: May 14, 2018

The YMCA of Honolulu is seeking a dynamic individual with passion for our cause to join its development team as the Director of Philanthropy, reporting to the Vice President of Development.

The YMCA of Honolulu is a powerful association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: To strengthen the foundations of community.  With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

The YMCA of Honolulu has been serving families on Oahu for 149 years.  With 9 branches across Oahu, 1,200 employees, and a $27 million annual operating budget, the Y touches the lives of more than 100,000 people every year.


Raises annual funds in support of the mission of the YMCA of Honolulu.  Responsible for developing relationships with YMCA donors; securing annual donations and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of the YMCA of Honolulu and its key programs.  This includes working with branches, boards and other campaign volunteers on their fundraising strategies for the Annual Campaign (AC) and to ensure we meet goals Association-wide; working collaboratively with appropriate branch or Metro staff.  Works out of the Metropolitan Office and reports to the Vice President of Development.


Annual Giving

Implements strategies within the Association to ensure healthy growth for the Annual Campaign Stewardship:  Focus on donor retention, community involvement and giving clubs.  Ensure there is a stewardship plan for each branch. Focus on key indicators to promote strategic growth.

Works with Branch Executive Directors in their relationships within each YMCA community to enhance support at the branch level.  Develops top 20 prospects as part of process.  Works with branches to create a volunteer base of supporters to drive the annual giving program. Develops a structured Annual Campaign plan across the Association to ensure branch growth (especially in annual major gift work).  Makes sure everyone has a plan and strategy to succeed and a way to track progress. Analyzes annual giving data to provide recommendations and strategy for the following year's plan. Works closely with the Marketing Department staff and vendors to support the development of: Printed materials Videos Website information Community public relations Annual Report Donor stories for the E-Newsletter

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Responsible for writing grant proposals for key YMCA programs.  Also responsible for submitting grant reports for those grants. Solicits corporate sponsorships for YMCA events (primarily Healthy Kids Day). Conducts internal Aloha United Way campaign.



Ability to develop meaningful relationships with donors, staff and volunteers and engage them in the mission of the YMCA. Dependable, positive and creative individual, who can handle a variety of projects. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to inspire and make impactful presentations to groups. Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office. Working knowledge of databases helpful. Listens carefully and attentively to and understand donor and customer needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner. Maintains a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances. Ability to prepare and administer budgets for assigned program areas. Provides direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement. Works independently and within a team environment.


Bachelor's Degree preferred. Three years of experience working in nonprofits, preferably in fundraising. Ability to write, prior grant writing experience helpful.

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