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Fundraising Volunteer

Fundraising Volunteer 

About Us

H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc. aims to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with HIV. 

H.Y.P.E. is an HIV services and youth advocacy organization charged with building and growing programs that empower youth to succeed individually and to become leaders in order to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with

HIV. H.Y.P.E. envisions empowered youth who live sustainable lifestyles accomplished through the mentoring and cultivating of individuals to better manage personal health, finances, and social responsibilities. H.Y.P.E. will equip individuals who enter it’s programs with the educational and personal capacities to be leaders in their communities and to advocate for themselves and for others living with HIV.

The H.Y.P.E. team is currently made up of Founder and Executive Director, LaMar Yarborough a young, gay, black male, who was diagnosed with HIV on his 19th birthday now 26, and cancer later that year in December of that same year. H.Y.P.E.’s team is made of a working Board of Directors, and skills-based volunteers. Together they are building a suite of programs to serve young people living with HIV in the Atlanta and Metro area.

Work Description

Fundraising Volunteer will develop fundraising strategies, formulates solicitation procedures, and oversees all fundraising activities. Identifies new donor bases, directs and coordinates solicitation of funds. Being a Fundraising Volunteer acts as a liaison with funding partners and organizations. Leads grant-writing efforts. Additionally, Fundraising Volunteer will help sets funding goals. 

This Volunteer Fundraising Volunteer position hours can vary depending on the activities on the budget, writing skills, and creativity. 




  • Must embrace the mission of H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc.

  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills.

  • Must have strong creative writing

  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.

  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate volunteers and board have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.

  • Be a "self-starter" and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.

  • Be organized and exhibit "follow through" on tasks and goals.

  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.

  • A bachelor’s degree or a proven track record in this department.



  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.

  • Grow a significant gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.

  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.

  • Implement the annual fund program, including mailings and yearly fundraising drives with the Development Committee and Board of Directors.

  • Direct capital campaigns and other primary fundraising drives.

  • Coordinate fundraising special events with the Development Committee.

  • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure and implement Board Give Get Policy.

  • Oversee prospect research.

  • Work closely with the Executive Director, and Board of Directors.

  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the organization with the community.

  • Recruit for individuals for the Development Committee.

  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.

  • Oversee the creation of publications to support fundraising activities.

  • Maintain gift recognition programs.

  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.

  • Create and research new avenues to raise funds for the organization



  • BA (required), MA or can demonstrate strong skills in the field of fundraising

  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills


Development Strategy

A nonprofit development Volunteer will build the foundation that will raise money for a not-for-profit organization. The Development Chair will create and implement a development plan that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities. The Development Chair shares his development plans with the Development Committee, Board of Directors, and Executive Director. As the governing body for such an organization, The Development Chair also spends time personally soliciting donors. As such, strong relationship building and solicitation skills are important.


Budget Preparation

The Development Chair also will prepare annual budgets for their organizations. The budget details the cash required to fund programs. A successful budget should be realistic, consistent and measurable. The director provides detailed information about how much money must be raised to meet budget criteria. The budget must be approved by the board of directors before it is implemented.


Public Relations

Development Chair should expect to create marketing materials, and social media and advertising campaigns as part of a public relations strategy. The nonprofit Development Chair is also responsible for branding. This concept, critical to successful fundraising endeavours, should focus on a strategy that expands the target audience through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters and charitable events.



Well-qualified candidates should possess a bachelor's degree in business, marketing or nonprofit leadership with fundraising experience. Other experience includes, but is not limited to, public relations, prospecting, business development, and negotiation. Persuasive writing, strong verbal communication and the ability to interact at the executive level are other key qualifications.