Chair of Development, Board of Directors

The Avalon Foundation
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The Development Chair is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all fundraising efforts including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, grant searches, special events and capital campaigns. The Chair works closely with the Events Chair, Youth Programs Director, and Programs Coordinator in all development and fundraising endeavors which includes recruiting and fostering sponsorship, partnerships, and community involvement/support. He/she oversees grant searches, proposals, and process with the assistance of the Finance committee. Other team/committee positions include fundraising coordinators, community liaison, corporate relations, grant writers, and donor relations. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop long-term and annual fundraising plans that will generate the funds needed to meet the organization’s funding goals/budget. 
  • Develop a plan for involving Board members in the non-grant fundraising activities of the organization. 
  • Investigate new fundraising projects, activities, and ideas for possible use in the future. Provide guidance and expertise on all current and new fundraising strategies. 
  • As needed, create sub-committees to successfully carry out the fundraising events and activities that are part of the fundraising plan. 
  • Communicate with other Development Committee members 
  • Provide updates to committee members if they are absent from Development Committee meetings 
  • Work with other Development Committee members to ensure that work outside of committee meeting is completed. 
  • Have private conversations, as needed, with other committee members about their attendance at meetings, their role on the committee and how they can help it thrive. 
  • Facilitate Development Committee Meeting  
  • Review agenda prepared by consultants or in-house staff, at least a day before the monthly meeting. 
  • Suggest agenda items for committee meetings as necessary. 
  • Provide leadership with updates as needed/requested, so that the most recent information is shared by relevant members. 
  • Supervise the functions of said sub-committees. 
  • Annually submit objectives as part of the planning and budgeting process. 
  • Submit regular reports to the Board on the progress of fund development activities. 
  • Annually evaluate work as a committee and report on it to the Board of Directors. 
  • Report to the Board of Directors at regular meetings of the Board in a manner determined by the Board. 


Key Requirements:  

  •         Positive, energetic presence and creative, flexible perspective
  •         Time availability/flexibility and heart commitment
  •         Necessary skills to form successful collaborations with stakeholders and organizational partners
  •         Strong skills needed for team building and engagement, developing relationships, organization, verbal and written communication 
  •         Computer efficiency including MS Word, Excel and Power Point
  •         Knowledge and skill with social media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
  •         Enjoy working on multiple projects in a fast-paced, supportive work environment
  •         Takes initiative and is resourceful
  •         Ability to work well autonomously as well as part of a dynamic team


    •         Successful experience designing, developing and coordinating funding plans for nonprofit
    •         An understanding and willingness of serving on a “working board”
    Length of Appointment: Minimum two years


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    One of the best parts of being a stay-at-home-mom and being involved with TAF is the flexibility. Almost all of my time spent on TAF responsibilities was when I didn’t have mom-responsibilities. And, Deb is incredibly understanding! She told me from the beginning to be honest about my commitment level and workload. Sometimes, I didn’t meet deadlines… but I always kept her in the loop and we could then work something else out. I was able to make the HR Director role exactly what I wanted it to be, with direction and guidance from Deb. 

    Ashley Sanchez

    HR Director, 2020-2023