Safe Nest – Director of Development

Safe Nest, a 37-year old Nevada non-profit specializing in domestic violence services, is seeking an experienced individual to develop and secure major gift prospects, support the overall development program, and assist the Board in its fundraising efforts.

This position requires excellent communication skills, tact and diplomacy due to the nature of the mission, and an ability to work in a team environment. The candidate must be available to work week-ends or evenings, as needed. This position reports to the Executive Director and the Board and works closely with the Director of Community Relations and Safe Nest program directors.


  • Maintain and implement a Fund Development Plan with comprehensive fundraising strategies which include identifying and securing donor prospects among individuals, businesses and the corporate community to enable sustainable growth and achievement of Safe Nest’s mission.
  • Increase Safe Nest’s fundraising capacity by increasing major giving, planned giving, corporate giving, annual giving and event income in order to maintain current programs, enable future growth, and ensure financial stability for the agency.
  • Partner with the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and Safe Nest management team to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Oversee the maintenance and utilization of the donor database (Donor Perfect); assure the maintenance of donor/prospect records, gift management systems and informational reports.
  • Oversee daily functions of gift solicitation, including development of materials and lists for direct mail campaigns, and oversight of execution and post-mailing analysis.
  • Oversee performance measures, monitor results, and help evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development programs.
  • Respond to inquiries from individuals, groups, and businesses seeking to donate or sponsor third party events on behalf of Safe Nest, and act as agency liaison to facilitate the donation.
  • Work closely with the Director of Community Relations and Grant Writer in coordinating the development and writing of proposals and solicitation materials.
  • Work closely with the Director of Community Relations and Board Public Relations Committee in the development and circulation of agency collateral, including preparing compelling oral and written proposals for case statements, brochures, social media, public relations and website.
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees in organizing and implementing successful fundraising events, including organizing event details and acquiring sponsors.
  • Ensure that philanthropy, fund development and communications are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws; ensure confidentiality of client and donor information; maintain accountability standards in relation to donor data; and adhere to the code of ethical principles and standards of conduct for fundraising professionals.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) required, with a minimum of 5 years of fund development experience in the non-profit arena.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in major gift and planned giving solicitations with individuals, corporations and foundations in a professional capacity.
  • Exceptional financial, organizational and administrative skills.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing; excellent public speaking skills; adept at writing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and other kinds of material to enhance fundraising.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy and demonstrate sensitivity to the issues associated with Safe Nest’s mission.
  • Demonstrated teamwork experience; ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied constituencies including staff, board members and potential donors.
  • Ability to manage time, meet deadlines, and multi-task.
  • Computer literate; knowledge of Word and Excel and experience with database software. Familiarity with the Donor Perfect database is preferred.
  • Availability to work nights and weekends for meetings and events, as necessary.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment background check and drug testing.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits including health, dental/vision insurance, 403B plan, and AFLAC, Colonial Life.

TO APPLY: Email cover letter and resume, including salary history, to hiringcommittee@safenest.org No phone inquiries please.

Title: Development & Mission Manager (fundraising, grants & education)
Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Regular, full-time exempt position

The Development & Mission Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to maximize contributed income from Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Affiliate constituents and resources through fundraising and event planning. Additionally, this position is responsible for administering all aspects of the Affiliate’s grant making process, community outreach programs, advocacy activities and oversight of education programs. These programs are critical for enhancing the organizations mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Through previous background and experience, the candidate must demonstrate, without accommodation, the ability to perform the following essential job functions:

  • Plan and implement the Affiliate’s philanthropic fundraising efforts. Develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for increasing revenue from individual and corporate donors, foundations, in-kind sources, special events and special opportunities
  • Work closely with staff and volunteer leadership to shape and support all fundraising efforts, policies, and strategies to accomplish special events goals and objectives
  • Ensure compliance to administrative, financial, fundraising, and program policies and procedures
  • Develop strategies to evaluate, improve and increase high level volunteer activity and involvement in fundraising
  • Ensure accurate donor record keeping systems; confidentiality of donor information; and timely acknowledgment of donations
  • Identify, cultivate and steward donor prospects; lead solicitation of prospects; coordinate the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the cultivation and solicitation of prospects
  • Develop and implement campaigns, outreach efforts and events for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects that will drive growth and sustainability for the Affiliate
  • Create and maintain a major gifts program focused on developing long term major gifts
  • Produce Special Events
  • Manage Grant Process
  • Coordinate and manage Komen Cares Bag program

Knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be successful in this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three years of successful fundraising, high level volunteer involvement and volunteer management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and solicit individual and corporate donors
  • Ability to analyze and integrate information from diverse sources in planning, making decisions and finding solutions
  • Ability to multi-task, is well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to respond to changing environment and priorities in a focused and flexible manner.
  • Positive and professional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to rally and organize volunteers and community members to achieve overall organizational goals
  • Effective work performance in a team environment and in self-directed situations
  • Superior verbal and writing skills; ability to comfortably speak publically
  • Strong computer skills and competency with fundraising software or other relational database management software a plus
  • The majority of work is performed in an office environment and a portion of time may be spent traveling regionally and nationally

Candidate will also possess:

  • Access to reliable transportation and possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to manage multiple events/program simultaneously
  • Ability to do some travel and work some nights and weekends
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

Please send resume, cover letter and any additional pertinent information to Stephanie Kirby, Executive Director, at director@komensouthernnevada.org, by May 29, 2015.


Care to guess how many teenagers ate fruits or vegetables last week?  Need to find out how many expectant mothers receive pre-natal care?  Do you need to know how many houses were built before 1950?  Wondering about Clark County’s K-12 school performance?

Now there’s a source to help you with compiling all the local data needed by nonprofit organizations.

The Healthy Southern Nevada website helps community members and policy makers learn about the health of Southern Nevada.  It provides local health data, resources, best practices, news articles and information about community events.  The data comes from a variety of state and national sources, including the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Community Survey and many state-specific sources.

Simple to read visual indicators (“dashboards”) are included for all data.  What can you find on the site?  More than 180 economic, social and health indicators for Clark County. Demographic data on race, gender, ethnicity by zip code.  Socioeconomic needs comparing Clark County to the US.

A free service developed by the following partners:

  • Southern Nevada Health District
  • UNLV School of Nursing
  • UNLV School of Community Health Sciences
  • Dignity Health
  • United Way of Southern Nevada
  • University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • American Stroke Association
Link:  http://HealthySouthernNevada.org

Want to start a Nevada Nonprofit Organization?
Do you wonder what is involved
?leaping off building

Tuesday, May 19
5 – 7 p.m.
Clark County Library   

A FREE introductory workshop to help you decide whether or not to start a non-profit organization.  Starting a non-profit organization is similar to starting any kind of business — there are specific steps you must follow in a specific order.


In this workshop, you will learn about the different start-up steps as well as various legal, board and governance requirements.   It is estimated that more than half of all non-profit organizations cease to exist within five years of incorporation.  The more information you have before you start, the better your chances of success.

Part 2:
pplying for IRS Tax-Exempt Status
will be offered in June.


Please register online for this workshop at  http://www.lvccld.org/library/special/sonnpic/workshops.cfm .  For more information, please call (702) 507-3421.

L-R:  Danielle Milam (LVCCLD Fdn Development Direc-tor),  Jon Guy (AFP), Brenda Griego (AFP), Marie Nicholl (Clark County Library Branch Mgr), Shelly Weiner (SoNNPIC), Claire Davies (Clark County Library Ass't Branch Mgr)

L-R: Danielle Milam (LVCCLD Fdn Development Director), Jon Guy (AFP), Brenda Griego (AFP), Marie Nicholl (Clark County Library Branch Mgr), Shelly Weiner (SoNNPIC), Claire Davies (Clark County Library Ass’t Branch Mgr)

The Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation recently received a donation from the
Association of Fundraising Professionals,
Las Vegas chapter.

These funds are restricted to buying books for the Southern Nevada Nonprofit Information Center (SoNNPIC) housed at the Clark County Library. AFP Board President Jon Guy and Past President Brenda Griego presented the check.

Shelly Weiner, supervisor of the Center, chose 68 titles on the subjects of Board Development, Financial Management, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management and Proposal Writing that are in demand by the local nonprofit community. A small number will remain as reference titles in the Center; the rest will be available for circulation.

Some of the titles include:

  • 7 Nonprofit Income Streams
  • Effective Grant Writing
  • Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits
  • Firing Lousy Board Members and Helping the Others Succeed
  • Help! They Want Me to Fundraise
  • Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops
  • Prospect Research is A Verb : Fundraising is the Subject
  • Sustainability Mindset
  • Tag, You’re It! Now Raise Us Some Money
  • You’re a Nonprofit Director … What Now?

For a complete list of the titles ordered, please email Shelly at sonnpic@lvccld.org

SoNNPIC provides information to local nonprofit organizations and individuals who are interested in starting nonprofit organizations. The Center contains directories, reference guides and periodicals about grantseeking, proposal writing, nonprofit management and related nonprofit subjects.

SoNNPIC provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants for Individuals funding databases. There are monthly workshops on a variety of topics including proposal writing, funding resources and networking. Individual or small group training is also available by appointment.

Clark County Library has been a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center since 1979.  For more information, please call (702) 507 – 3421.

foodLooking to spread the word about your non-profit organization?  Tired of paying money for a networking event?   Want to find out about available volunteer opportunites?

If so, Munch & Mingle is the perfect solution!   Come meet new people or re-connect with friends and colleagues from the local nonprofit community at these no-charge, brown bag lunches.

Munch & Mingles take place from 11 :45 am – 1 pm at the Clark County Library on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  BYOL (bring your own lunch); coffee and water will be supplied. Don’t forget to bring organizational literature to display and/or business cards.

Registration is not required for this program; for more information call 702.507.3421.



Nonprofit organizations need publicity to raise awareness for their mission and causes. By knowing what to say, how to say it, when to say it and to whom, an organization can grab the media spotlight with very little expense.




In this two hour workshop, you will learn
— how to create a publicity plan
— what is considered news
— how to develop your message and
— working with the media

Online registration closes Thursday, April 16 at 3 pm.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2 – 4 pm
Clark County Library
Large Conference Room

Professionals in Philanthropy (PiP) workshop information:PiP logo


Once Upon a Time…

There was a powerful group of women and men who were determined to make a difference in the world.

But making a difference can be difficult on your own.

Even people willing to face the most daunting challenges can struggle against problems like poverty, ignorance or illness. These heroes (that’s you) need others to lend them time and support if they’re going to make a change. There are always more people to serve or more programs to be funded, and sometimes even heroes feel burnt-out or stuck. So what can we do?

When you’re facing a wall, when you need more than you have, or when you want to do better at keeping the supporters you’ve already earned, we need to add more characters to your story. Characters who support your mission, characters who advocate for your cause, and characters who bring you aide on the front lines.

How do you add characters? You tell your story and you invite others to join.

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