Position Title: Fund Development Director
Length of Term: Two years minimum`
Reports to: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

[YU?] is seeking a Fund Development Director to organize, execute and manage all aspects of grant writing, fund raising, and donor cultivation. The role entails advertising, writing grants, creating reports concerning progress and initiatives, building relationships with business and community members, coordinating fund raising events, and participating on [YU?] Board, mentorship program, and events.
Candidates should have impeccable leadership skills, written and verbal communications skills, strong organization skills, attention to detail and proficiency in word and spreadsheet processing applications and a willingness to learn.

Planning and Reporting

  • Broaden [YU?] fundraising by developing approaches such as planned giving, solicitation of bequests, and endowment programs
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual resource development plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including the following: individuals, faith groups, organizations, corporations, etc. to be approved by the Board.
  • Provide monthly reports to the board which measure progress towards achieving the plan.

Grants and Gifts

  • Identifying grant-funding opportunities.
  • Writing, submitting and managing grant proposals
  • Maintaining records in hard copies and computer databases.
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation.
  • Create and implement strategies for donor development and cultivation. Intent is to provide a diverse and sustainable funding base for [YU?].
  • Keep up-to-date on current fundraising programs, practices and procedures used in the nonprofit sector and inform the affiliate leadership of items that would benefit [YU?]
  • Identify and pursue new sources of corporate and foundation funding
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors of all types, develop strategies for solicitation, and solicit or coordinate the solicitation by other affiliate staff, board or volunteers, as appropriate
  • Create and update collateral materials to support gift cultivation


  • Promote events to the business community as a way to support [YU?].
  • Develop and solicit sponsors for houses and events as needed.


  • Developing relationships and collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • Displaying adherence to [YU?] mission.
  • Maintaining proficient knowledge of [YU?] history and programs.


  • [YU?] Member
  • Attendance at bi-weekly Board meetings.
  • Attendance at monthly webinars, mentorship trainings, Fall Virtual Confab, and Spring Confab (optional).
  • Previous grant writing and fundraising experience preferred.
  • Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with measuring income goals.
  • Ability to gain knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience
  • Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing.


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Dr. Renaldo Blocker, Co-Founder/CEO, receives national recognition for Excellence in Mentoring

Dr. Renaldo Blocker, will be nationally recognized for Excellence in Mentoring by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership on next week, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at a special Library of Congress Reception in Washington, DC. The four Excellence in Mentoring Awards (i.e. Corporate Leadership, Impactful Philanthropy, Lifetime Achievement, and Public Elevation) are presented annually to notable individuals and organizations. Dr. Blocker is a finalist for the Impactful Philanthropy Award for his work with The “Why You?” Initiative, Inc. (“[YU?]”). The Impactful Philanthropy Award is given to a foundation, company, individual philanthropist or board member who has made a significant impact on young people through investment of time and funds in mentoring programs and/or mentoring initiatives.

While [YU?] was officially established in 2011, Dr. Blocker has been supporting youth mentoring since 2002 when he was matriculating as an undergraduate at Albany State University (Albany, GA). Marie Beasley, doctoral student at Morgan State University and [YU?] mentee/mentor states, “it is very impressive to hear stories from his first mentees like the music/sound engineer and computer science major that traveled with professional artists (i.e. Black Eyed Peas, Keri Hilson, Musiq Soulchild, Janelle Monae and etc.) around the world for concerts/tours.” Dr. Blocker has played a pivotal role in countless underrepresented high school students, college students and young professionals; many who are now lawyers, teachers, scientists, soldiers and doctors. The stories of academic and professional growth from the current and past mentees are countless and many are currently volunteers for [YU?]. Dr. Blocker continues to play various roles in supporting youth mentoring; he’s a co-founder, an active mentor, a philanthropic, fundraiser, mentor trainer, professor, internship sponsor, parent engagement ambassador and etc. 

Dr. Blocker embodies a selfless commitment to increasing diversity in education attainment and workforce by not only giving his time to students and young professionals, but also giving his personal funds. Dr. Blocker has donated at least $25,000 per year to support mentoring efforts via [YU?]. He also tireless campaign for donations from his colleagues, friends, family and others quarterly to ensure that [YU?] has enough funds to operate. He secured management improvement funds from Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation/Saint Paul Foundation. He also managed to secure grant funding from various other foundations including the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Graves Foundation.  In addition, Dr. Blocker contributes significantly to [YU?]’s annual confab to ensure that most students connected to the organization is afforded an opportunity to benefit for the confab experience. Dr. Blocker’s innate ability to devote so much time and money to others’ success and still manage to be successful in his own career as a budding scholar and leader is astounding. 

Dr. Blocker believes that closing this proverbial “achievement gap” means reaching into the trenches and elevating the students that are often overlook because of their GPAs and/or perceived lack of ambition.

A huge congratulations to Dr. Blocker on this incredible honor!

As we end #MentoringMonth, it’s fitting to recognize Dr. Blocker as a mentor and philanthropist. He truly has impacted the lives of many [YU?]’s staff, volunteers, students, young professionals and families over the past 17 years.

For more information about the award, visit: https://www.mentoring.org/2019/01/proudly-announcing-the-2019-excellence-in-mentoring-award-recipients/

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