Director, Philanthropic Initiatives

Berwyn 19312, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

The mission of Melmark is to serve children, adults and their families affected by a broad range of intellectual disabilities. We provide evidence-based educational, vocational, clinical, residential, healthcare and rehabilitative services, personally designed for each individual, in a safe environment of warmth, care and respect.

The Director of Philanthropic Initiatives will work closely with the Director of Advancement in all phases of the advancement program. The primary focus is to develop a portfolio of individual major giving prospects. This role will be responsible for cultivating relationships with annual, major and planned giving prospects and engaging them further in Melmark's mission.



  • Help our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with Melmark
  • Identify and cultivate high level annual donors to expand the major donor base
  • Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening tools.
  • Work with the Director of Advancement to align efforts and set goals
  • Maintain relationship with donors and prospects through consistent communication, acknowledging major donors through public/private communication, and identifying opportunities for donor recognition, stewardship, and appreciation
  • Maintain a limited number of corporate/community prospects for cultivation
  • Assist with planned giving marketing efforts including newsletters, mailings and social media
  • Assist in soliciting sponsorships for major events




  • Minimum 5-years' experience in development with preferred focus on giving, major gifts or planned giving
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent writing and communication skills is a must
  • Experience using donor database, prospect research and other wealth screening tools to aid in moves management process
  • Ability to manage complex projects and work within short timelines
  • Must be a self-starter with strong time management/multi-tasking skills. Strong team player with collaborative approach


At Melmark, we are committed to making a difference in other's lives and we are looking for a Director of Philanthropic Initiatives who is innovative, creative and passionate about our mission.

Please send your resume to [email protected].

Contact: Carrie Miller

Salary: Based on Experience

E-Mail: [email protected]

From the blog

The Warm Glow of Charity

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 17 November 2017, 8:39 am

Studies show that giving money to help others gives people a feeling of satisfaction—or, figuratively, a “warm glow.”  Ergo, donating to charities is good for us.  But is it equally good for everyone?  Women Give 2017—Charitable Giving and Life Satisfaction:  Does Gender Matter, a study out of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, looks at how this satisfaction may vary by household demographics. Using data from the Philanthropy Panel Study, that surveys the same households over an extended period of time, this study looked at 10,735 heads of households or the partners.

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