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Comprehensive Fundraising Consultant

Company: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
Date Posted: February 7, 2018

Position Description/Responsibilities:

Philanthropic Goal - The primary focus of this RFP is to plan, establish and execute a Comprehensive Major Fundraising Program for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit to increase the number of renewable contributed and sponsored dollars of $10,000 or more to expand our YMCA’s capacity to serve metropolitan Detroit children and families; to fulfill the YMCA mission. Our ultimate aim is to become a charity of choice for Southeastern Michigan, a place that demonstrates incredible return on our community investors time, talent and treasures. In an effort to achieve this aim we have identified three key work components.

Component 1:

Developing a Comprehensive Major Fundraising Program that significantly increases the number of contributions and/or sponsorships of $10,000 or more to support YMCA services and the YMCA endowment fund. We aim to increase contributions and/or sponsorships in increments of $10,000 or more by $500,000 by December 2019 and by $1,000,000 in 2020. Additional detailed targets will be established during negotiations. This is inclusive of:

Developing one or more cases for support by June 30, 2018 
Increasing major funding of $10,000 or more by $500,000: 100,000 by December 31, 2018 and $400,000 by December 2019.
Funding Support includes:
Growing annual campaign 
Increasing special event revenue from core association events such as runs, swim challenges, golf outings etc.
Increasing endowment gifts

The success of this effort will be measured by the number of new contributors who give $10,000 or more (donors who did not give in 2017) and by an increase in current contributors who increase their giving by a minimum of $10,000. Endowment gifts not specifically attributed to the work of this agreement will not be included in the performance measurement.

Component 2:

Support the development and maintenance of an influential volunteer philanthropic committee by June 1, 2018, evidenced by written commitments, documentation of two meetings, and an approved plan of work by the committee by August 1, 2018.

Component 3:

Establish a third party funded and lead charitable event that nets a minimum of $100,000 benefiting the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.
2018 Targets by December 23, 2018:
Selection and procurement of organization and volunteer lead for the event
Identification of type of event
Creation of event timeline for 2019
We do not expect the service provider to run a special event. Our expectation is that the consultant will secure the corporate event chair and lead organizational partner.

Basic Qualifications:

Proven track record of securing major gifts and or sponsorships of $100,000 or more annually in increments of $10,000 or more from individuals and/or organizations in the past three years. Detailed qualifications are outlined in the official RFP. Interested parties should send an email to to receive the RFP.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five or more years of comprehensive fundraising experience in Southeastern Michigan.

How to Apply:

This is an opportunity for a consultant and/or organization. This is not an employment posting. Please send an email to and request our Comprehensive Major Fundraising Services RFP to apply. Submissions are due March 12, 2018 at 3:00pm.