Development Committee

Committee members 2014-2015:
Co-chairs: Meg Twohey
and Steve Immerman
Members: Francie King,
Stephanie Buck, Charles Swift

Purpose: In accordance with board approved financial plans, the Development Committee is responsible for developing plans and carrying out activities to meet the annual philanthropy goals of the Athenaeum. The Committee also promotes a strong culture of philanthropy and donor-centered fundraising at the Athenaeum.

Composition: The Development Committee will include at least one trustee and is encouraged to include non-trustee volunteers. The committee may establish subcommittees or working groups to carry out specific tasks.  The President and Director are ex-officio members of the committee.

Authorization: The Development Committee is a board-authorized committee. The chairs and members of the committee are approved by the board annually.

Meetings: The committee will meet at least monthly or as often as appropriate to meet development objectives.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Establish annual development goals and plan for individuals, corporations and grant sources, as part of the annual budget cycle, working with the Director and Trustees.
  • Recommend long term (3 year goals) for development to the board.
  • Identify & pursue individual and corporate donors, working with trustees and others.
  • Identify grant opportunities, working with committee chairs and the Director. Cultivate funders. Prepare and submit applications. When grants are awarded, work with the appropriate committee(s), the Director and Treasurer to ensure that grant requirements are met. Report periodically to the trustees.
  • Identify key potential donors and develop cultivation plans. Work with committee chairs and individual trustees, proprietors and subscribers to meet with, cultivate and solicit these potential donors.
  • Work with the Director, Membership and Communications to extend the reach of the Athenaeum.
  • Ensure that donors are promptly thanked and recognized as appropriate. Work with the Director and the trustees to ensure there is an annual donor recognition event.
  • Analyze critical elements of fund development, e.g. donor retention.
  • Evaluate performance against annual and 3 year goals
  • Establish and manage a planned giving program.
  • Develop and recommend giving policies to the board as needed.
  • Coordinate with other committees as appropriate.