Rekindling hope, joy, and strength, is the goal for Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Physicians and parents attest that a wish granted empowers these children to fight harder against their illnesses, helps them comply more readily with often-difficult treatment protocols, improves the quality of life for the entire family, and can mark a positive turning point in the child’s battle for health. Donors and volunteers who grant wishes say the process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need. Located in Boston, the largest city in New England and a major center for culture and education, the Make-A-Wish® headquarters sits firmly in the municipality with the highest average rate of philanthropy in the U.S.
Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President (VP) of Philanthropy will lead a comprehensive development program as Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island continues to grow and flourish. The VP will work closely with members of the Board of Directors; play a key role on the senior management team; and direct and inspire staff to high levels of performance and enrichment. The selected candidate will be empowered to take the development department to new levels by efficiently and substantially increasing the organization’s fundraising capabilities. The VP will have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible development experience in a nonprofit environment that includes major donor prospecting, cultivation and solicitation. Proven management skills are also required. This is a tremendous opportunity to play a major role in raising funds to grant more wishes that transform the lives of kids.