January 3, 2002
Team Up With the Best in the Business
BENZONIA, MI The Michigan Land Use Institute, one of
America’s largest and most effective state-based environmental research
and advocacy organizations, is seeking an experienced and skilled
development director. Since its founding in 1995 in a one-room school
house in scenic northwest Michigan, the Institute has built an
outstanding record of policy achievements that have helped communities
curb sprawl, invest in public transportation, safeguard farmland, protect
natural resources, and improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes
Michigan Land Use Institute Seeks
successful candidate will join a 14-member team of journalists, editors,
technical specialists, and grassroots organizers who are recognized
nationally as among the best in the business.
We seek a similarly exceptional and motivated professional to establish a
peerless fundraising program that ensures the Institute’s long term
security. Our $1 million annual budget is derived from foundation grants,
consulting fees, and more than 2,000 member families, businesses, local
governments, and organizations.
The Institute recruits first-rate people and turns them loose to do great
things. We reward achievement, prize collegiality, and respect
individuality. Flexible hours, competitive wages and benefits, lunch time
swims in the porcelain-blue waters of Crystal Lake (optional), a stunning
landscape of dunes and forests, and a restorative small town pace also
make the Institute a premier place to work.
development director will collaborate with the executive director and
other senior staff. She or he must posses a passion for the environment,
the capacity to market the organization to people from all walks of life.
We are looking for a top-flight professional with strategic instincts for
designing and executing a laser sharp fundraising plan. The candidate
must be an excellent writer and communicator and have the marketing savvy
to inspire, the dynamism to build membership, and the personal touch to
cultivate lasting donor relationships.
And that’s not all. In keeping with our reputation for setting ever
higher standards of innovation and excellence, the development director
must have more than a firm grasp of the latest computer technology and
fundraising techniques. She or he will be required to add a new dimension
to our busy Web site and build the Institute’s Internet presence into a
negotiable and commensurate with experience and skills. To learn more
about the Institute see
If this position interests you, please send a cover letter, resume, and
writing samples to:
Michigan Land Use Institute
PO Box 228
Benzonia, MI 49616
Or send materials by email to email@example.com.
as a professional fundraiser for a nonprofit organization.
writing, public speaking, planning, and organizing skills.
to service in the public interest.
capacity to develop and successfully execute a fundraising plan.
in designing and executing effective marketing programs.
interpersonal skills to build positive and lasting relationships with
donors, foundation staff, and new members.
and programmatic skills to deploy the Internet as a fundraising
to work effectively in a collaborative atmosphere.
to work calmly and efficiently under deadline.
to conceive and oversee special events that advance the Institute’s
mission and raise its public profile.
and proficiency in preparing grant applications.
with and commitment to environmental and land use issues.
with the executive director to establish a five-year fundraising
up a system for tracking the success of fundraising efforts and revising
the plan as needed.
with the staff to establish a
clear and visually effective
organizational message and to evaluate whether it is reaching the target
with senior staff, art director, Web coordinator, and consultants to
establish the Institute’s Web site as a central marketing and fundraising
effective and graphically exciting public presentations and interactive
a promotional video.
a plan for capitalizing on the Institute’s new building on Beulah’s Main
Street to promote walk-in membership.
and execute a plan to display our magazine and organizational information
in more public places.
and maintain relationships with other environmental/conservation
with the staff and board to identify and increase the number of new high
effective relationships to maintain the support of the Institute’s
existing high donors.
an effective system to ensure that the Institute is keeping in touch with
its high donors, i.e., thank you letters, regular project updates,
holiday gifts, and making other contacts when appropriate.
Member Development and Outreach
with the staff and consultants to design and implement an effective
strategy to increase the Institute’s membership.
the Institute’s donor database and outreach program.
member renewal letters and new membership appeal letters.
with the staff and consultants to establish a consistent and cohesive
with staff to develop informational materials for foundations, community
members, and potential high donors. The materials should explain the
Institute’s mission in words and pictures.
Building Foundation Support
and identify state and national foundations likely to support the
initial contacts with granting institutions.
letters of inquiry and full grant applications for projects and for
with Institute program leaders and management to fulfill reporting
requirements and maintain ongoing communication with foundations.
Building Corporate Support
a promotional message that resonates with businesses and establish a
corporate giving program.
and make contact with corporate foundations.
The Michigan Land Use Institute is
an equal opportunity employer, considering candidates without regard to
gender, race, sexual preference, religion, or political