Job Posting – Development Coordinator

SUMMARY

The Development Coordinator (DC) for the Family Justice Center (FJC) will be accountable for a variety of fundraising activities
for the organization working hand in hand with the Executive Director, the Director of Operations and the Sustainability Team
in collaboration with the Board of Directors. This includes active charge of the FJC’s annual Voices Ending Violence breakfast
and Fall Mosaic fundraiser along with development of new initiatives and programs to generate short and long term
sustainable revenue streams.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Plan and implement a comprehensive development program including annual and planned giving programs, direct mail campaigns, strategic special events and capital campaigns as needed.
  • Conduct prospect research and maintain prospect files for individuals, corporations, foundations and groups who have the capacity and strategic alignment to support the FJC through charitable gifts and grants.
  • Along with the Executive Director, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning Team, plan and coordinate grant development activities directed to local and national foundations and agencies. Assist Director of Operations in coordinating on-going development activities aimed at local, state and national government agencies.
  • Establish and administer donor recognition programs and develop potential naming and gift recognition opportunities for various interest areas and levels of giving.
  • Maintain an ongoing donor relations program. Plan and execute donor cultivation activities and events. Develop individual donor cultivation and solicitation plans, coordinate activities for the Executive Director and Board members for securing contributions. Manage donor tracking software program.
  • Professionally represent the FJC in the community, participate in community events and actively seek ways to increase presence of the agency in the community.
  • With the Executive Director and the Public Awareness Committee, develop regular communications about agency goals, programs and services.
  • Responsible for the FJC web site, Facebook and Twitter pages and regular newsletters. Generates an annual report for external communication.
  • This is a full time position.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must possess strong public speaking
  • Exceptional written, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Minimum of 5 years development experience preferred
  • Thorough understanding of domestic violence, courts, Dept. Of Social Services and community agencies
  • Have extensive knowledge of local and statewide Domestic Violence resources
  • Highly organized and very effective time management skills
  • Able to multi-task, respond to rapidly changing situations; organize, prioritize, and perform work with minimal supervision
  • Able to work in a team and independently
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle for transportation required

Resumes should be sent to Mary Murphy, FJC Executive Director: mmurphy@fjcsafe.org

Be a Part of #NYGivesDay today

Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of New York State’s day of giving – an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

We need your help today! Please join our campaign and help us reach of our goal of $2,500!  We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

You can visit our personal #NYGivesDay page at https://www.nygivesday.org/organizations/family-justice-center-of-erie-county  and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our state. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59 PM tonight.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!

Mosaic 2017

Thank you to all our sponsors and everyone who came out to support the Family Justice Center’s 2017 MOSAIC event!  The evening was an incredible success and filled with good times, laughter, and yes, even a Wine Roulette Wheel!

Over 300 people gathered at Lakeward Spirits on Vandalia Street to share in the Buffa-love and help raise money to maintain the valuable services provided at the Center.  Attendees at the event were treated to house-made cocktails from the distillery, well-known and cherished local cuisine from Buffalo’s Best Grill & Catering, Gourm-Asian Bistro, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Kabab & Curry, Andersons, Watsons, and more, all while being delighted by the music of legendary organist for the Sabres, Ken Kaufman.

The evening was also a time to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond for in their efforts to assist domestic violence victims and raise awareness on the issue.  Every year the Buffalo News presents the Founder’s Award is presented to someone who has demonstrated innovation in the creation and delivery of services to victims of domestic violence and their families and/or who have demonstrated innovation in the creation and delivery of education/outreach programs on this issue.

This year the award was presented to Deborah Jaeger, a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Family Justice Center and a self-identified survivor of domestic violence.  While Deb herself was never in an abusive relationship, she unfortunately lost her sister to domestic violence.  Since her sister’s death, Deb has been a staunch advocate for victims and has worked tirelessly to help other victims.  Through her efforts “Jilly’s Law” – named after her sister – was passed as a part of the Governor’s recent domestic violence legislation, which allows judges to consider the violent nature of the crime an offender is charged with as well as the safety of the victim and the community in setting bail.  In addition, Debbie not only attends every morning tour given at the Family Justice Center to share her sister’s story, but volunteers as a community ambassador and is now in the process of creating “Jilly’s Room” at the Center, which will be a wellness room not only for clients, but for the staff and volunteers working at the Center as well.  Deb’s sister would be proud of the legacy she has created in her name and of all the victims she has helped to find safety.  All of us here at the Family Justice Center are proud and privileged to know her and to be able to call her our friend!

It was a memorable evening enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Many thanks to all of the attendees for supporting the event and to our wonderful sponsors who made the whole evening possible, including our Queen City Sponsors: M&T Bank & Wegmans; our Fillmore Level Sponsors: The Buffalo Bills, OSC Foundation, and Rich’s Products; our Fitzgerald Level Sponsors: Buffalo Sabres, Cohen & Lombardo, FARM, Harter, Secrest & Emery, LLP, Independent Health, Lawley, National Grid, Univera, and Valuecentric; our Delaware Park Sponsors: Catholic Health System, Dansa & D’arata, LLP, Hodgson Russ, Universal Woodworks and Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP, and our Lafayette Square Level Sponsors: The Bonadio Group, Eddie Brady’s, Ellen Daly & Hunt Real Estate, Frey Electric, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Clarence, NY.

Crazy Socks Help Raise Awareness

This past October, our friends at the Legal Department at M&T Bank participated in Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting a “Crazy Sock Day.”  The day was a fun way to bring attention to the very serious issue of domestic violence in our community.  By donating warm socks to the Family Justice Center, employees were permitted to adorn their own feet in the funniest, zaniest, and most creative socks they could find.  Judging by the pictures, the employees had a great time selecting their special socks and our clients benefited from their generosity!

If your company or business is looking for an imaginative and creative way to raise awareness and/or donate to the Family Justice Center, consider hosting your own crazy sock, hat, or even purse/tie day!  Raising awareness is key to helping us stop the violence.

Thank you again to our friends at the M&T Bank Legal Department.  Thank you for entertaining us with your adorable feet and for helping our clients keep theirs warm!

FJC Named One Buffalo Organization of the Game by the Bills

The Family Justice Center was named the One Buffalo Organization of the Game at the Buffalo Bills Game on Sunday, October 29, 2017. (more…)

Mosaic 2017

In just a few short weeks, the Family Justice Center will be hosting our annual Mosaic event on October 19th from 5:30 until 8:30 pm at Lakeward Spirits located at 65 Vandalia Street, Buffalo.  Mosaic – a celebration of everything Buffalo – is the Center’s family-friendly, Buffalo-loving event that has a lot in store for everyone!

This year’s festivities have found a new home at Lakeward Spirits, which is located at the 114 year old historic Barrel Factory in the City’s Old First Ward.  The Distillery is the perfect back drop for the Buffalo-themed event that is designed to showcase all that we love about Buffalo, including new local businesses like Lakeward Spirits, that have been key in the “re-birth of Buffalo.”

In addition to the new venue, Mosaic 2017 will include food and drink provided by a variety of local restaurants, local entertainment, chances to win a Buffalo Bills experience with John Murphy, a silent and live auction that will include incredible travel packages like a Sonoma Valley Wine excursion, a U.S. Open Golf Tournament Package, and a hands-on culinary experience at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa, and so much more.  You can even take a chance on our Wine Wheel!

Don’t miss out on the fun and get your tickets today.  You can order them online at our website, www.fjcsafe.org, or by contacting Sue Fumanti at 558-5283.

Senator Gallivan Secures FMU Funding

The Family Justice Center was delighted to start off Domestic Violence Awareness Month alongside long-time supporter and friend of the FJC, Senator Patrick Gallivan.  At a press conference held at the Center on Tuesday, October 3rd, the Senator and our Executive Director, Mary Murphy, announced that the Senator has once again secured $100,000.00 in critical funding to support the Forensic Medical Unit.

The funding that the Senator has been able to secure over the past four years has been the sole source of support for the Forensic Medical Unit, which is the only Forensic Medical Unit in all of New York State that is dedicated to domestic violence victims and is a valuable tool for prosecutors in holding offenders accountable.

We cannot thank Senator Gallivan enough for continuing to support the Forensic Medical Unit and for recognizing the valuable role it plays in holding offenders accountable.  Without accountability we can’t end the cycle of abuse.  So, thank you Senator for providing the community with the tools needed to try and bring an end to the violence.

Living Legacies

On September 23, 2017, the FJC hosted over 100 family members and friends for a ribbon cutting and unveiling of yet another beautiful living room.  “Meredith’s Room” is a not only a charming, comfortable sanctuary for our clients to meet with a domestic violence advocate, but its bohemian décor, music and travel theme are also a living legacy of the young woman it honors.

The Family Justice Center strives to create an atmosphere that lets the victims we serve not only feel safe, but also like they deserve a beautiful space, that life can be beautiful, and that our advocates are here to help them start their journey to their new, beautiful and peaceful life.  Our dedicated living rooms, like “Meredith’s Room” and “Ruby’s Room” provide exactly that and have already been the starting point of a new life for many victims.

We are also happy to report that we are working on yet another special, dedicated room: “Jilly’s Room.”  This room will also be a living legacy, but instead of a living room, it is being designed as a Wellness Room for both victims, staff, and volunteers.  “Jilly’s Room” will be a place for self-care, for relaxation, and maybe even a little pampering.  We are very excited to be part of this incredible project and can’t wait to announce when it is finished.

If you are interested in taking a tour of the Family Justice Center and visiting these amazing rooms for yourself or you are interested in dedicating one of our remaining living rooms, please just contact Ellen Augello at 558-5295 or eaugello@fjcsafe.org.

Wish List Needs

Did you know that the Family Justice Center has a Wish List?  These are items that are in high demand at the Center.  Many domestic violence victims have limited access to resources when fleeing the abuse.  Others are so controlled that they don’t have access to a vehicle or the gasoline is siphoned out of the vehicle to prevent them from leaving.  Still others have no access to the family finances – making it difficult for them provide the simplest things as food, diapers, etc.

In addition to these items, the Wish List also contains items that are used to help keep clients and their children comfortable while they are at the Family Justice Center.  We want both parent and child to be at home, so we will provide snacks, coffee, books, etc.  For children living in such uncertainty, the Family Justice Center is a welcome respite where kids can just be kids.

Please look at our Wish List and consider donating an item from our list.  The Wish List can be found on our website at www.fjcsafe.org/about/wish-list.  We welcome any donation!  If you would like to donate off the list, please contact Tiffany Pavone at 558-5272 or tpavone@fjcsafe.org.

Meet Connie Foster

The Family Justice Center is proud to welcome Connie Foster to our team.  Connie joins the agency as a Domestic Violence Advocate – a position made possible by a grant through the New York State Office on the Prevention of Domestic Violence.  Connie will be joining the team that has been working to create a Family Justice Center satellite office in Grand Island and will be the advocate stationed at the satellite when it opens.

Connie moved back into the area to re-join the Family Justice Center team.  She had previously worked with the Family Justice Center in 2010 as an AmeriCorp Able member before she left for school.  Since then, Connie has earned her MSW and has been working at Hearts of Hope in Louisiana assisting child and adult victims of sexual assault.  Connie was a valuable member of our team in 2010 and we know she will be invaluable to us again.

We welcome Connie to the team and look forward to all that she will be able to help the Family Justice Center accomplish!!