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Development Associate

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Black Heritage Trail of NH

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is a 501c3 statewide organization based in Portsmouth, NH. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life in order to build more inclusive communities today.  BHTNH works to visibly honor and share a truer more inclusive history through exhibits, educational programs, curriculum development, and tours that can change the way our country understands human dignity when it is free of historical stereotypes.  Headquartered in Portsmouth, BHTNH is rapidly growing to become a statewide organization with programs throughout the state.  


Vision/Value Statement 

We are committed to the accurate telling of African American history and life throughout the State of New Hampshire.  By fostering dialogues about race, diversity, and inclusion, and sharing these corrective narratives, we believe it is possible to promote understanding and overcome racial division.


Greater understanding and overcoming prejudice allows room for developing a more equitable and just view of a shared history that, once free of historical stereotypes, can change the way we understand human dignity.


This is a full-time position with some benefits. The Development Associate will be a key team member of the team. The main responsibilities for this role will be to process donations, maintain the database and deliver high levels of customer care, including donor stewardship and communications. The Development Associate will work with the Executive Director, the Development Committee, staff, and consultants to provide support on a range of tasks as required.

Tasks include creating communications material for posting on social media and for print. This person must be adept at technology and understand communications strategy.  Comprehensive understanding of the organizations vision, mission and programs and the ability to communicate comfortably and confidently with a diverse donors and funders.

This position plays a key role in individual, corporate, and grant fundraising efforts by providing excellent customer service to donors as well as maintaining and managing donor information. The Development Associate is part of a strong development effort that works closely to meet BHT NH fundraising goals, including the goals of the upcoming capital campaign.


Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or at least five years of experience in nonprofit development/fundraising. Excellent analytical, research and writing skills are essential. Must be organized and have the ability to work with limited direction while meeting strict deadlines. Must exhibit effective communication skills with donors, staff, volunteers, and residents. Experience with fundraising databases highly preferred. Experience in non-profit organizations is highly valued. Must be able to enthusiastically interact with the public as a positive representative for the organization.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required. Knowledge of Little Green Light or other fundraising database programs is mandatory. Clear understanding of regulatory rules for the IRS charitable donations is a plus.


Essential Functions
The successful candidate will have a high tolerance for a young and growing organization that is still developing systems and infrastructure. The candidate should be an organized and detail-oriented professional, passionate about the fundraising potential of the organization and able to support senior leadership to maximize results. The Development Associate will implement and improve new systems, practices, and policies that will enable the future growth of a high functioning fundraising operation.

The candidate will have experience in fundraising or a closely related field of expertise, possess outstanding interpersonal competencies, be able to effectively engage volunteer leadership, and demonstrate a deep commitment to our mission.

The other duties are as follows:

1. Serve as champion for the database to ensure the database meets the needs of the fundraising team by leading the implementation of best practices in database development, gift entry, report creation, campaign documentation, email and online appeals, and integration with various fundraising platforms. Oversee gift processing, donor stewardship efforts, donor invitations, and ensuring timely production and mailing of acknowledgement letters, including gifts generated from online services such as Facebook and Go Fund Me, and other platforms.

2. Accurately process donor checks, credit cards, and electronic funds transfers, including monthly recurring donors. Reconcile revenue reports with finance department on a monthly basis to ensure accurate data entry integrity.

3. Serve as an important point of contact for donors by handling telephone calls and emails, as well as providing customer service to donors, the community, and staff.

4. Create and execute all operational fundraising appeals, including the annual appeal through print and online methods. Set and enforce schedule, generate story content, testimonials, create letters, mail merge, and reply forms. In partnership with the Executive Director and volunteers, craft messages, testimonials, etc. as well as donor impact pieces. Ensure and assist with messages, images, and schedules for the social media team for posts related to development and fundraising. Maintain an annual calendar for 2 appeals per year and 2 impact pieces. [Capital campaign will have separate strategy]

5. Assist the Executive Director and the board to complete annually, an organized stewardship effort to recognize and thank donors in multiple ways. Develop strategies to acknowledge loyal long-term donors.

6. Assist with the planning and execution of fundraising events, including creating invitation lists and managing RSVPs. Also, including online fundraising platforms for online auctions, or other event related efforts. Work effectively with volunteer committees on events.

7. Perform detailed research on donors, prospects, and new fundraising opportunities, including grants. Update and maintain records on all grants and potential grants from Foundations and Corporations. Monitor and coordinate grant reports to funders and donors. Assist with online corporate sponsorship applications.

8. Ensure accurate donor activity tracking in LGL, including contact reports, meeting notes from volunteers, and event attendance. Timeliness, accuracy, and persistent dedication to flawless data and reporting are key.

9. Provide written, visual, and analytical reports as neededAbility to anticipate the kinds of reports needed to simplify the information and make clear to key stakeholders important trends, goals, progress, etc.  

10. Track in-kind donations and issue receipts to donors. Develop special stewardship for in kind program.

Values and Principles to Adhere to:

  • Adhere to ethical fundraising practices as established by best practices and AFP.
  • Maintain a high level of sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic diversity of service population, as well as donors.
  • Maintain an understanding of mission, history, operation, strategic goals and services.
  • Protect privacy and confidentiality of information pertaining to donors, residents, employees, facility information and records.
  • Work with others with respect and a collaborative team approach
How to Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume with Development Associate in the subject line by February 18, 2022 JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director at

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Date Added: January 13, 2022

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