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Teach for America – Fight educational inequity!

Posted by sedwardyang on December 20, 2007

• Only half of the 13 million children growing up in low-income areas graduate from high-school by the time they are 18.
• Of those who do graduate, they are performing, on average, at the level of eighth graders in wealthy communities.
• Only one out of ten actually goes on to graduate from college.

Millions of children in the United States are receiving a substandard education. Given this huge inequity in our privileged nation, how can Christians help eliminate this injustice?

Teach For America is one way to serve and empower low-income children. Teach For America is a national education non-profit that recruits recent outstanding college graduates to teach for two years in our nation’s most under-resourced schools. This year, nearly 4,400 corps members are teaching in over 1,000 schools in 25 regions across the country and they are having a tangible impact on student achievement. More than 12,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. Teach For America alumni become life-long advocates for education and justice – many of them stay in teaching, but they’ve also gone on to start charter schools, run urban school districts, fight for educational and economic equity through law and public policy, and start health care clinics to provide better health care options to people in low-income communities.

Many Christians are looking for ways to put their faith in action. Fighting educational inequity is one of the most powerful ways we can level the playing field in our nation. To learn more about how Teach For America is part of the movement to eliminate educational inequity, visit: http://www.teachforamerica.org/landing/welcome_fbo.htm.

Contact Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham at nicole.baker@teachforamerica.org

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Campaign Assistant – Asia Pacific Community Fund – L.A.

Posted by sedwardyang on February 1, 2007

ASIAN PACIFIC COMMUNITY FUND

Organization Description
The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) is a nonprofit, community-based fund with a mission to promote philanthropy addressing the diverse needs of Asian Pacific Islanders in Southern California. Founded in 1990, APCF provides funding to 28 affiliate agencies serving hundreds of thousands of low-income clients, raising its grantmaking funds through charitable campaigns in public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Since its founding, APCF has granted over $1.2 million to our member organizations, all from funds collected from individual donors.

Job Description: CAMPAIGN ASSISTANT
The Asian Pacific Community Fund is seeking to fill the position of Campaign Assistant. This is a temporary, part-time staff position based in APCF’s downtown headquarters. The Campaign Assistant will assist APCF’s Director of Finance and Development in coordinating the 2007 Los Angeles Unified School District Charitable Giving Campaign, one of the largest charitable giving campaigns in the nation.

Specific duties include:
– Answer and respond to all incoming calls to campaign telephone hotline
– Respond to requests for speakers and delivery of campaign materials
– Coordinate and monitor delivery of materials to schools
– Coordinate and monitor speaker requests among participating organizations
– Accurately enter financial data into computer
– Track and maintain records for all campaign-related income and expenses
– Create filing system for all campaign-related materials
– Attend meetings and take minutes
– Represent APCF at meetings and/or presentations in the community

Qualifications:
– Excellent communication skills; able to present a professional demeanor over the telephone
– Organized; thorough attention to detail
– Self-motivated, able to work independently
– Computer proficient, especially word processing, spreadsheet and internet applications
– Experience or desire to work in Asian Pacific Islander nonprofit community preferred
– Valid California Driver’s License, access to the use of a reliable automobile on a daily basis, and automobile insurance

Compensation:
$10 per hour; Part-time position: 20-25 hours/week
Position open until filled.

Send cover letter and resume to:
Gena Lew, Executive Director
Asian Pacific Community Fund
315 W. Ninth Street, Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90015
fax: 213-624-6406
email: glewATapcfDOTorg

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Director of Development – PANA Institute (Berkeley, CA)

Posted by sedwardyang on January 31, 2007

Employment Opportunity at PANA

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific and Asian North American Religion (PANA Institute)

Position: Part-time (20 hours per week), regular staff

General Summary:

The Director of Development is responsible for the planning and implementation of all fundraising efforts for the Institute with special focus on its ongoing endowment campaign and annual fund.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director, staff, and steering committee to develop long- and short-range development goals and strategies, including the Institute’s ongoing endowment campaign, annual fund, and planning for strategic growth.
  • Work closely with the Office of Institutional Advancement at Pacific School of Religion to ensure that all development activities meet the institution’s fiscal and legal requirements; attend regular OIA staff meetings.
  • Coordinate all major fundraising activities for the Institute, including development, cultivation and solicitation of individual prospects and donors for endowment campaign and annual fund.
  • Coordinate and support Executive Director and steering committee’s major gifts activities, including developing cultivation and solicitation strategies. Provide training and technical assistance to staff and volunteers participating in major gifts solicitations. Plan and produce major donor cultivation events with support of other Institute staff.
  • Develop and manage donor acquisition, cultivation and retention activities, including direct mail campaign as well as other development materials (newsletters, major donor materials, etc.)., in coordination with the PSR Director of Marketing and Communication.
  • Sufficient familiarity with planned giving principles to be able to incorporate these opportunities into major gift development strategies as appropriate.
  • Participate as an active member of the Institute’s staff and coordinate development department activities with other staff members.
  • This position may require overnight travel and occasional evening and/or weekend hours to accommodate business needs. It may require providing own transportation to off-campus locations.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills and ability to work both independently and within a team-oriented organizational structure.
  • Strong team orientation, ability to provide and accept feedback, and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking, negotiations, and effective, persuasive communication with diverse audiences. An ability to interact easily with individuals of high net worth.
  • Four years of fundraising and development experience which include management and supervisory responsibility. Successful first-hand experience in cultivating and soliciting $10,000+ gifts required.
  • Significant experience in successfully working with potential constituencies – volunteers, staff, charitable foundations and community members.
  • Excellent understanding of principles and techniques of development activities, including planned giving, major donor programs, event planning, corporate and foundation giving, capital campaigns, and communications.
  • Experience in public relations and marketing techniques in the non-profit environment.
  • Understanding of non-profit organizational structure and management issues, including strategic planning, personnel management, community relations development and implementation, fundraising training and education, budget development.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial approach. Ability to adapt to changing environment and priorities.
  • Experience working with API communities and communities of faith required.
  • Demonstrated skill in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Skill with relational databases (including Raiser’s Edge) preferred.
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting desirable, but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Person of faith with active connections to a faith community desirable.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume and letter of application addressing specifically the qualifications of this position to:

Debi Walker, Personnel Director
or Fumitaka Matsuoka, Executive Director PANA Institute
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley CA 94709
FAX: 510.845.8948

Applications received by February 9, 2007 will receive first consideration.
The position will remain open until filled.

PSR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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