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Forgotten Children Worldwide

Chief Development Officer

Forgotten Children Worldwide
Bluffton, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 12/08/2016
Categories: Fundraising - Marketing/Public Relations
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



Chief Development Officer

Job Description


The CDO should:

Be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ; a genuine, obedient, intentional disciple of Jesus Christ.

Be fully committed to their spouse and family, as applicable.

Be committed to a local church.

Be committed to the mission and vision of FCW.




  • Persons applying for this position should have previous experience in the position of CDO in a non-profit setting.
  • The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for sharing the heart of the organization with supporters and potential donors. The CDO cultivates revenue streams and avenues for fundraising in order to advance finance while furthering the overall mission of the organization.
  • The CDO should be comfortable with spending most of their time with donors in direct-ask settings.



Nature and Scope of Position

  1. Creates, plans, coordinates and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the organization, including creating policies that donors can follow, documenting donations, and maintaining accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  1. Establishes and implements short and long-range resource development strategies, goals, objectives, and strategic planning in conjunction with the CEO and the Board of Directors
  2. Develops, in tandem with the finance team, the organization’s resource budget, monitors team performance on a monthly basis and maintains an on-going forecast for year-end projections
  3. Defines metrics and measurements that quantify performance against goals and institutionalizes a system for obtaining and reporting those metrics and measurements for resource development
  4. Ensures establishment of a diverse donor base including individual, corporate, foundation segments.
  5. Develops innovative recognition opportunities and materials and events for continuity and donor stewardship in cooperation with the Director of Communications.
  6. Works with Communications Director to manage marketing, public relations and social media activities for organization to ensure consistent brand usage and messaging
  7. Act as an ambassador for the organization by traveling to meet with potential donors and speaking publicly about the organization’s mission.
  1. Works in conjunction with our Project Management Team to understand current projects and should have a comprehensive understanding of current FCW projects in order to communicate them clearly to potential donors. Works with Country Managers in leading overseas “Vision Trips” for current and potential donors. 
  2. Assures design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.  Enter all contacts and tracks all donor interaction in E-Tapestry.
  3. Seeks to secure, and provide oversight for, development staff in regions operating outside of FCW headquarters.
  4. Provides vital input in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning within the organization.
  5. Participates with the chief executive officer, staff and board in charting the organization’s course in fund development; recommends short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization’s values, mission and general objectives.
  6. Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector; informs the chief executive officer, development committee(s) and board on current trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy making. Recommends policy positions concerning fund development.
  7. Annually, evaluates the performance of fundraising volunteers and reports to the executive director with recommendations for board candidacy.  Assures proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking and evaluation to support fund development.
  8. The CDO is responsible to provide oversight for volunteer “Regional Development Field Reps” to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization on a local level.