Donor Relations Manager

The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies to enhance and grow revenue and number of current and prospective donors. This is a full-time, professional position. Travel, and occasional weekend and evening work is required.


● Primary point of contact with members and donors; handles day to day communication in a manner that reflects CAS’s Love Spoken Here philosophy and deepens donor engagement
● Primary responsibility for developing, managing, and executing the annual fundraising calendar, completing analysis and making informed recommendations for any modifications needed
● Supervise Development Assistant and maintain donor database for integrity, accuracy, and security
● Collaborate with Communications department and Programs department to create effective messaging for campaigns
● Oversee staff trainings as necessary in Neon CRM database
● Represent CAS/Development at internal and external meetings
● Supervise Development interns
● Stay up to date with fundraising trends (in general and specific to AC/Vegan/Climate Change initiatives), tax laws that may impact philanthropy, and emerging technology/communication vehicles used for fundraising
● Establish and maintain a strong networking presence within the communities we serve and  the AC /Vegan/Climate Change communities
● Strong organization and time management systems
● Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to be a powerful, diplomatic, and efficient communicator
● Maintain good working relationships with peers and leadership and collaborate with Departments to advance programs and evaluate projects

Major Gift Responsibilities

● Establish, develop and maintain relationships with an active list of major prospects
● With the CAS Leadership, co-lead on major donor cultivation, major gift solicitation and donor stewardship
● Research, qualify, cultivate and thank prospective donors
● Develop and propose strategies to solicit for and secure major gifts
● Participate in direct donor cultivation and/or solicitation activities, ensuring that solicitations are carried out, thanking prospects and donors, and reporting to donors on results

Sponsorship Responsibilities
● Develop sponsorship fundraising campaigns; manage and promote the sponsorship program to meet/exceed annual goals
● Supervise the creation and delivery of sponsorship packets for new and renewing sponsors
● Follow up with donors due to renew annual sponsorships
● Send updates to sponsors
● Lead sponsor visits
● Serve as main point of contact for sponsors

Development​ and Membership Responsibilities

● Work with Leadership and Communications team to develop community engagement events with the goal of increasing donor acquisition and donor retention rates
● Manage existing donor relationships
● Serve as Members’ first/primary point of contact
● Plan and execute annual fundraising calendar
● Write honor/memorial cards and thank you letters

Special​ ​Events
● Develop sponsorship and membership strategies for events
● Manage any follow-up communication associated with Sponsorship and Membership from special events
● Serves as Development representative for CAS events

● Bachelor’s Degree plus 5 years of relevant experience
● Minimum 2 years of management experience
● Proficiency with NEON, Microsoft and GSuite systems preferred (may consider candidates with proficiency with other CRMs)
● Excellent oral and written communications skills with demonstrated capability to write with clarity, enthusiasm, and engagement
● Highly organized
● Strong desire to connect with and promote our mission, the animals, and their stories
● Team player with excellent relationship-building skills, listening skills, professional maturity, and sound judgment
● Ability to travel for donor meetings, conferences, and other as identified by CAS Leadership

Please submit cover letter and resume for consideration.

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About Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Catskill Animal Sanctuary opened in January of 2001, the culmination of many months' research, travel, and internships at successful farm sanctuaries by founders Kathy Stevens and Jesse Moore.

Dino, the survivor of a Brooklyn arson that killed 23 horses, was the first resident at the small Kerhonkson, NY farm. In 2003, the Sanctuary moved to an 85-acre property in Saugerties, NY, and in early 2010, we completed that location's conversion to solar energy. In 2011, an additional 32 acres was acquired. CAS at 32, just five minutes away from the Old Stage Road location. Today it is the home for many animals and is the future location of a new visitor's center.

In addition to direct animal aid, the Sanctuary offers a wide variety of programs and events (including on-site tours) designed to help people experience farm animals as the unique individuals they truly are, and to educate people about the institutionalized suffering of food animals on factory farms.

Founder Kathy Stevens speaks at community organizations, schools, and conferences each year, and has written two books full of stories about animals that have lived at the Sanctuary. Her first book, Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary, was released in 2007, and her second book, Animal Camp: Lessons Learned from Rescued Farm Animals, was released in 2010.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary has provided a safe haven for over 4,000 farmed animals and has found loving homes for many of them.

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