Cradles to Crayons seeks a Senior Director of Development to lead and grow a high-performing fundraising program based on strong donor relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 to provide children from ages newborn-12 living in low-income and homeless environments with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. Cradles to Crayons supplies clothing, shoes, diapers, school essentials, and more, free of charge, with the vision that one day all children will have the essentials they need.
Two in 5 kids in the United States currently face clothing insecurity, going without basic essentials like pants, shoes, diapers, and school supplies during their critical developmental years. Three of the top 10 reasons kids miss school are rooted in Clothing Insecurity—just one example of the significant short- and long-term social and economic costs when these needs go unmet. Cradles to Crayons is the only large-scale nonprofit organization that keeps clothing insecurity at the core of its mission by seeking to close this resource gap. Since its founding, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than three million customized packages of essentials to children in Massachusetts, Greater Philadelphia, Chicago, and nationally through Giving Factory Direct—a first-in-kind online product donation platform launched in 2021.
Cradles to Crayons takes a three-pronged approach to mitigating Clothing Insecurity:
Cradles to Crayons has earned the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator since 2009, a distinction achieved by only 2% of charities nationwide.
Cradles to Crayons is growing. Currently, annual fundraising goals total $6M in Boston and $16M nationally for fiscal year 2024. About 50% comes from individuals through annual giving and major gifts. The other 50% comes from institutions with strong corporate partnerships both nationally and within various markets. Cradles has launched a national campaign to elevate private philanthropy by $20M in the next several years. All markets have individual and collaborative goals toward this fundraising initiative.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Boston, the Senior Director of Development is responsible for the strategy and management of all fundraising efforts for Cradles to Crayons in the Boston market.
The Senior Director will lead and manage a comprehensive development program with funding from individuals, foundations, and corporations; will serve as a member of the Market Leadership Team (MLT), working creatively and collaboratively to meet organizational goals; will serve as chief strategist for fundraising in the Boston market; will maintain a portfolio of prospects and donors; and will provide support in fundraising for the Executive Director and Boston Board of Directors. In addition, the Senior Director will play a critical role in raising funds for the organization’s current campaign: a $20M effort to end Clothing Insecurity nationwide.
The successful Senior Director of Development has broad fundraising experience, will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, will be comfortable making data-driven decisions, will possess strong relationship building and management skills, and will be comfortable serving as a spokesperson for the organization.
The Senior Director should expect to be in the office the majority of the time, with some flexibility for occasional weekend and evening work to accommodate donor, family, and corporate engagement events.
Diversity and Inclusiveness are core values at Cradles to Crayons, and we continuously strive to be a team where everyone feels welcome and supported. It is the policy of Cradles to Crayons to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Accommodations: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, accommodations will not be made by Cradles to Crayons which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others, or which impose undue hardships on the organization.
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