Director of Individual Giving (SB)

Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Washington, DC

Sasha Bruce Youthwork, one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC, seeks a Director of Individual Giving to build support for a proven service model that transforms struggling young people’s lives.

About Sasha Bruce

Sasha Bruce was founded in 1974 by Deborah Shore, who worked with a small staff and a few volunteers to counsel homeless youth and out-of-town runaways in the neighborhoods where they congregated. It came to the attention of Evangeline Bruce, wife of Ambassador David Bruce, after the tragic death of their daughter Sasha. With their generous support, Sasha Bruce Youthwork became DC’s premiere 24-hour homeless youth shelter, providing services to 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year through three key programs: Safe Homes, Life Skills, and Workforce & Education.

The Opportunity

Sasha Bruce’s strategic plan (2016-2019) calls for an investment in and modernization of the organization’s resources, from its fundraising program to its facilities. As Sasha Bruce approaches nearly a half century of operations, this investment will strengthen its position in a continuously evolving funding environment and ensure it has the capacity to continue helping young people for decades to come. The strategic plan calls for the organization to diversify a fundraising program that traditionally has raised 80% of its budget from government grants. Over the next year, it will grow its staff to include a Director of Individual Giving, Database Manager, Grant Writer, and Communications Specialist.

The Role

The Director of Individual Giving will design and lead a comprehensive individual giving program. The Director will be responsible for meeting and growing a $750,000 annual revenue target, with the long-term goals of reducing Sasha Bruce’s reliance on federal funding and building capacity toward a capital campaign. Reporting to Founder and Executive Director Debby Shore, the Director of Individual Giving will serve on Sasha Bruce’s seven-person leadership team and work in close collaboration with its Board of Directors to guide the entire organization in a sophisticated set of activities that is integrated across revenue streams.

The ideal Director will have:

  • At least five years of experience in developing and managing fundraising strategies and soliciting individual gifts, including personal solicitations.
  • Experience building a comprehensive and integrated individual giving program, including small-dollar donor stewardship, high-profile social events, and preferably major/campaign gifts.
  • Track record of growing a donor base and revenue.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish giving opportunities and to secure $5,000+ individual gifts.
  • Ability to work independently and persistently to ensure follow-through on fundraising commitments at all levels of an organization.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to try new things.
  • Bachelor’s degree.