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Picture the Global Good

CatchLight is seeking an energetic, passionate and experienced development professional with strong networks and a track record of successful fundraising and/or business development.

We are a nonprofit organization at the intersection of social change and photography. Please follow the link for full details. If you are a good fit or know someone who is, the contact is:

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We are seeking a Director of Philanthropy
At CatchLight, we believe it’s never been more important to understand the power of visual storytelling to promote social good. We are a Bay Area non-profit organization working as a transformational force to bring resources and organizations together to amplify the impact of a new breed of storyteller. We advocate for innovative distribution of photography that matters: images that have meaning and produce measurable social engagement. We help visual storytellers find and share their voices, and we are a force that enables art to help make sense of the world – along with its challenges and opportunities – today.

Position Description
CatchLight is seeking an energetic, passionate and experienced development professional with strong networks and a track record of successful fundraising and/or business development. In collaboration with the Founder and Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy will be responsible for sourcing and building a vibrant community of individual donors, foundations and purpose-driven corporate philanthropists. He/she will be initiating and integrating all aspects of fundraising activities for a young organization with a broad network and a big idea.

The Director of Philanthropy will also represent CatchLight in the philanthropy community, particularly in the Bay Area and on the West Coast. This position is based in the Bay Area.

CatchLight offers a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment with potential for professional growth and network-building. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, innovative arts organization focused on pushing the envelope of how we use art to engage audiences for positive social change.

The Ideal Applicant has a passion for the value of art and an inherent understanding of the possibilities of visual storytelling to foster compassion and connectedness in new ways. We are building a vibrant community of creative thought leaders, activists, media and technology voices, and funders; the Director of Philanthropy will be essential to developing and supporting the potential reach and impact of our organization and our community.

Key Responsibilities
Help us shape our message

You will collaborate on the development of marketing and communications, representing and advocating for the needs and opportunities of different potential donors, including special events and convenings for donors/prospective donors.
Help us target our audiences and bring in the money

We are targeting individuals and institutional funders, public money and corporate sponsorships. You will identify, connect and engage with potential donors including millennials, HNW/UHNW, foundations, corporations, private banks, wealth advisors, family offices and public arts funding.
You will develop and track fundraising connections, deliver targeted proposals, nurture relationships, and close gifts.

Steward our funding community

You will lead day-to-day stewardship and community building among active and engaged donors, ensuring a high-level of donor support and service.
Enhance CatchLight in our communities

You will build partnerships with private banks, wealth advisors, multi-family offices and other intermediaries who serve HNW/UHNW.

You will establish and nurture relationships with philanthropy forums, think tanks, NGO’s and other organizations to help raise and amplify the profile of CatchLight and to enhance the development of CatchLight programs.
Desirable Skills

A Networker: Experienced and energetic business developer with networks and a proven track record in the Bay Area. Demonstrated ability to tap into and navigate across networks to connect and engage with philanthropy decision makers.

An Entrepreneur: Motivated, flexible and fearless self-starter with ability to work in a fast-paced, hands-on, entrepreneurial environment.

A Communicator: Compelling communicator and influencer both in writing and in speaking; very collaborative and engaging; effective and clear, without being pushy.

Takes Responsibility: Excellence in planning, organizing and reporting skills; sets goals, takes full ownership of responsibilities, is resourceful, and open to personal growth.

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