The Peninsula College Fund makes college graduation a reality for low-income, first-generation college students. Our comprehensive program includes four-year college scholarships, one-to-one adult mentors, college and career success training, and summer internship support. MISSION Our mission is to empower low-income, first generation college students to graduate and obtain a job that aligns with their career goals. WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO Starting as a grassroots effort to support three scholars in 2005, PCF has steadily grown and today has served a total of 254 students and awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships. PCF operated as a completely volunteer-run agency until late 2010, and currently employs a small staff. We support our scholars through four key programs: • Scholarships: Each student receives a scholarship of $3,000/year for each of the four years enrolled in a four-year college/university. • One-to-One Mentoring: We carefully match each scholar with one caring adult who provides support, counsel, networking, and positive role modeling to help each student complete college. We provide our mentors with on-going training and continuously evaluate and improve our mentoring program. • College and Career Success Events: We provide all students with targeted, in-depth training events to give them the tools for college completion and career readiness. • Summer Internships: We provide internship application support for our scholars, ideally for summer internship placements. The Peninsula College Fund (PCF) is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter, interested in a career in fundraising, to fill the role of Development Associate. This position is designed to support our growing organization and help build financial support for our programs. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate will provide fundraising support to PCF in all functional areas including grantwriting, individual giving, donor relations, direct mail, marketing, and special events. This position offers hands-on experience, significant growth potential (we would be thrilled to have this position evolve into a Development Director role), and a supportive learning environment. The Development Associate will join 3 program coordinators, 2 career services staff, and a part-time accountant. POSITION PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES Help in developing, maintaining, and strengthening PCF’s sources of revenue. The Development Associate will support the Executive Director with fundraising activities in all functional areas including grantwriting, individual giving, donor relations, direct mail, special events, and marketing. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Individual Giving • Support the Executive Director in cultivating individual donors; • Help draft and update templates for donor acknowledgment and correspondence; • Help prepare and coordinate donor mailings including newsletters, annual report, special event mailings; • Assist in managing individual donor pipeline. Database Management • Develop working knowledge of development database, LiveImpact; • Track donor interactions through database; • Understand and execute process for gift entry and acknowledgment; • Create and run reports for giving history, mailings, and more; • Create and report on donor and foundation pipelines. Grantwriting and Research • Support the Executive Director in writing compelling grant requests and proposals for private foundations; • Support the Executive Director in preparing timely and accurate reports for foundations; • Support the Executive Director by performing online research of potential new funders; • Attend funder meetings, as needed; • Collaborate with program staff and accountant for grantwriting and reporting; • Assist in managing grant deadline calendar and pipeline. Special Events • Support the organization by helping to plan and execute fundraising and donor cultivation events; • Assist with corporate sponsorship and individual underwriting for events—including helping to develop materials, solicitation, benefits, and acknowledgment; • Support the organization by helping to manage all event logistics, including vendor research and selection, venue set up, guest lists and registration, ticket sales speaker outreach, creation of collateral and signage, guest services, onsite operations, and follow-up; • Help to prepare invitations, programs, briefing memos, and other materials for events; • Support the Executive Director by overseeing post-event follow up including thank you notes and post-event evaluation. Ensure all information in the database is accurate according to standards set by the organization. Marketing • Assist with production of printed/electronic collateral; • Provide written content for marketing including blog posts and social media.
The Development Associate must be adaptive and entrepreneurial, with a problem-solving and positive approach to their work. Given the small size of our staff, the ability to plan and multitask is critical. We have limited resources, so creativity, resilience, willingness to work hard, and the ability to do more with less are key. Specific qualifications include: Values • Passion for educational opportunity and equity • Desire to empower others through service Required Qualifications • Deep appreciation of PCF’s mission and values • Energetic and innovative • Collaborative team player • Ability to work in a resource-constrained environment • Bachelor’s degree and one to two years of administrative, fundraising, or communications experience • Proactive and independent problem-solver • Experience using databases or ability to learn quickly how to use databases effectively • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Strong project management skills • Flexibility and willingness to take on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously • Be well-organized, able to prioritize deadlines, attend to details, and evaluate results • Good follow-through • Deep understanding of Microsoft suite • Commitment to nonprofit sector Preferred Qualifications • Positive attitude and sense of humor • Comfort with public speaking • Experience in event production and execution • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a multicultural context, and experience working with low-income communities and communities of color The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.
About The Peninula College Fund
Peninsula College Fund (PCF) began in 2005 as the dream of local high school teacher Charles Schmuck, who felt impelled to address the troubling college drop-out rate among local low-income youth. With the help of friends and neighbors, he began offering college scholarships and mentoring to three motivated local students. This grassroots effort has demonstrated remarkable success. Since then, we have expanded to provide four-year college scholarships, one-to-one mentoring, college and career success training, and summer internships to 197 students from ten partner high schools in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Belmont and Redwood City.
As the organization grew, PCF moved into its first office and hired its first independent Executive Director in 2012, added program staff and expanded its board, partnerships, and fundraising. We are now poised for greater impact. We currently serve 117 scholars and have graduated 70 scholars from our program starting in 2010.
PCF has an outstanding record of meeting local needs. nearly 95% of the scholars who have participated in the program have graduated from college or are on track to graduate from four-year colleges.