Friday, February 13, 2015

Tyler Clementi Job Posting: Development Director

About the Opportunity
Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), a small, and growing, national nonprofit organization in New York City seeks an accomplished and enterprising fundraising professional.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will lead a rapidly scaling and sustainable fundraising program. TCF seeks an coordinated, strategic individual with compelling presentation skills and broad-based development expertise.
The successful candidate must demonstrate remarkable abilities in management, organization, communications (oral and written) event management and other areas related to fundraising. The Development Director will be responsible for achieving assigned annual revenue goals through the generation of increased and new major gifts and the on-going cultivation of annual donors and loyal patrons. The ideal candidate should have 5+ years of successful fundraising experience and unique interpersonal capabilities in order to help board members leverage their relationships and uncover new donors. 
This individual will manage all aspects of organizational fundraising and donor development; produce and maintain annual campaign materials and data, coordinate special events, committees, and volunteers, prospecting, online fundraising, giving circles, and manage the grants program. Sales and marketing and/or non-profit management experience is a plus.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are a must. Knowledge of CRM system is essential.  
Institution Overview
The Tyler ClementiFoundation (TCF) Works to end online and office bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities.
Mission: The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies.
Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, TCF fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society.
Vision: We envision a world that embraces all members of society with human dignity and unconditional love regardless of sexual orientation or differences, real or perceived.
Job Description
The Development Director will:
  • Work closely with Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan. This plan will include a presumption of growth and diversification of funding streams and full organizational involvement in fundraising.
  • Establish priorities to achieve goals for growth and milestones for progress against the plan and execute with the team. 
  • Under the leadership of the Executive Director and the Board, develop appropriate cultivation strategies, moving donors and potential donors to close and/or upgrade gifts, make solo solicitations when appropriate, maintain stewardship contacts and forge relationships with new major gift prospects.
  • Create and expand on current development strategies, such as online campaigns, building donor levels, creating a sustainer program, donor upgrades, donor retention, prospecting, material development, events, grants, corporate sponsorships and mail. 
  • Interpret and communicate status of development endeavors including how they compare against industry standards to Board of Directors.
  • Attend evening/weekend programs in order to steward/cultivate current and new donors and to encourage further collaborative fundraising partnerships with key program partners. You must be effective at networking to be successful in this position.
  • Draft compelling letters and fundraising proposals to solicit renewed and new major gifts as well as continual cultivation of annual donor relationships
  • Should be detail-oriented around the many facets of events, deadlines, contracts, volunteers and working with vendors
  • Perform other duties and tasks as related or assigned
Required skills, abilities or experiences
  • A proven, successful, track record of achieving major gifts goals
  • Have lived in NYC Metro area for a minimum of 2 years
  • Expertise in designing and implementing cultivation and/or stewardship events and initiatives, and committee development and management
  • Strong organizational skills and discipline in safe-guarding donor information and database records
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards with the ability to maintain strictest of confidentiality and act with discretion and diplomacy
  • Ability to articulate the organization's philosophy, mission and goals succinctly
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies
  • High level of self-awareness
  • Experience working with and managing project teams and volunteers effectively
  • Familiar with fundraising and communications software
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
TCF will contribute toward health insurance, and provide worker's compensation and short term disability benefits. This position will also have 4 weeks of combined sick/vacation time off in addition to federal holidays.

Cover letter and resume must be submitted to and should include Development Director in the subject line.

Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF) is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling oppression, racism, sexism and trans/homophobia. Women, people of color, people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
To learn more click here.  While you're on the site please consider signing the Upstander Pledge or making a donation to support the TCF work. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

February's Non-Profit Spotlight: The Imperial Court of New York

Once a year the New York LGBT community comes together for a unique gala fundraiser—one that rises above all others for over-the-top glamour and fun. That event is The Imperial Court of New York’s Night of a Thousand Gowns, a black tie dinner dance and coronation ball.

The Imperial Court ofNew York (ICNY), the state's most regal organization serving the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS since 1986, will host its 29th annual Night of A Thousand Gowns. The ball will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Saturday, April 11,  2015, and is presented by the ICNY membership and Their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties Emperor XXIII Tony Monteleone and Empress XXVIII Twinkle Montgomery.

The 29th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns will be more than just a dazzling display of regal glamour; it will be an opportunity to celebrate the LGBT community. This year’s event will host close to 1,000 attendees and raise money for our beneficiaries.

We are proud to announce this year's event will benefit The National Gay & LesbianTask Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center who has been supporting, fostering and celebrating the LGBT community of New York City since 1983. To purchase tickets click here

Night of a Thousand Gowns presents a unique opportunity to reach an affluent audience of LGBTs and straight allies. Opportunities range from advertising in the printed program and/or digital dinner journal; silent auction donations; or underwriting an aspect of the ball. Learn how you may support this grand endeavor by emailing or contacting Ingrid Galvez at 212.844.9835

Special NGLCCNY Member Discounts for LGBT Marketing Conference


Building off of the success of their  LGBT Marketing Conference held for the past 7 years in New York, Community Marketing & Insights and Pink Banana Media are proud to announce the launch of our expanded LGBT conference schedule for 2015, themed "Education & Networking: Bringing together the worlds of advertising, marketing, technology and business in the LGBT marketplace." The main event is LGBT Week NYC, April 20-24, 2015.  

LGBT Week NYC is offering the following discounts to all NGLCCNY Members:
  • $150 off All Access pass - use discount code AllAccessEarlybird150
  • $100 off Thursday/Friday bundle - use discount code 2DayBundle100
For more information on the event click here or go to the conference's Facebook page by clicking here

NGLCCNY is proud to be one of this year's Conference Parnters along with Google, Microsoft, Rivendell Media, StartOut, Lesbians Who Tech, NYC & Company and LGBT ConFex.  

Meet Jasmin Gorritz, Agent for New York Life!

Jasmin Gorritz, Agent
New York Life

Interview by,
Ingrid Galvez, Chair
Diversity Inclusion & Outreach Committee

2015 is starting off for so many with a list of resolutions and goals. No time like the present to re-engage the New Year’s financial resolutions and goals.

This month’s featured member is one poised to help achieve those goals. NGLCCNY member, Jasmin Gorritz has been with New York Life since 1994. Jasmin’s tenure at NYLife has provided her firsthand experience of the changes affecting the LGBT community at large. Jasmin knows the importance of how changing and evolving laws affect the community and wanted to be a resource.

Jasmin is committed to being a resource to the community. Her goals are to service clients by helping them understand how they may be affected by the ever evolving laws.

Jasmin shares a bit about her career at New York Life in this month’s interview.

Tell me about your history with NY Life? What was your career path at NYLife?:  I started in 1994 in the legal department then worked in the compliance department for about 2 years and in 1999 I transferred to the meetings division as a meeting planner through 2013.

How did you decide to become an agent?:  In 2013 I decided the timing was right but I had been thinking for quite a while that I wanted to do something where I was in contribution. What better way than to become and agent for a company that I believed in doing something that really matters.

What sets you apart from other agents?:  What sets me apart as a Financial Advisor is that I bring authenticity to my business. You see, as I develop my own practice, I focus on who my clients tell me they are and I help them create the dreams they want.

What are key things clients need to understand about products and services at NYLife?:  It is a company that has been around for almost 170 years, we are a mutual company, which means the policyholders are the owners of the company and we are always keeping abreast of changes in the market and our finger on the pulse of the industry, in order to better serve our clients.

How has the legalization of gay marriage impacted the insurance industry?:  It has opened the doors to serve the community, as well and bridging the opportunity to offer what we do to their loved ones. 

What does that mean for LGBT couples?:  It can insure that if or when a family member is no longer here their loved ones will be taken care of in the manner they would have wanted them to. (Keep their homes, college for kids, retirement planning) Since marriage is legal now your spouse can be the beneficiary without worrying they have no rights to collect because they were not viewed as entitled. 

How is NYLife addressing this segment of the market?:  NYL has a team dedicated to penetrating the market and supporting the community. 

What special services are you currently offering and how might NGLCCNY members support your endeavors?:  Starting a conversation, setting up appointments to see where I can be of help is a place to start. I want to put a face to someone who understands them and can relate to them at a personal level.

Ideally, who can benefit from you services?:  Everyone, regardless of demographics, gender or sexual orientation

What else would you want NGLCCNY members to know about you?:  I want to be part of the change in making sure our community is served well and would welcome the opportunity to also offer my services in any endeavor where the NGLCCNY might need a volunteer in accomplishing it. 

Jasmin may be reached at the following or may be chatted up at the M3s:

Jasmin Gorritz
420 Lexington Avenue
15th Floor

Bus: 646-227-8603
Cell: 917-361-9669
New York, NY 10170

Member Discount to "Stand Up. Stand Out." Expo!

The Original LGBT Expo presents "Stand Up. Stand Out." February 28 and March 1, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center  located in New York, City. 

For over two decades, The Original LGBT Expo has been at the forefront in the charge to increase the visibility of those companies that had, and continue to have, the foresight in recognizing the true influence of the LGBT community. In turn those members of the community are easily able to identify diversity-supportive companies, products, services and organizations. Simply put, the LGBT Community is one of the strongest and most brand-loyal demographics in the consumer world, and supporting it has never been more important than now.

The Original LGBT Expo is offering a special 25% discount to all NGLCCNY Chamber members.  To receive your discount click here and entered the discount code NGLCC15 at check out. If you, your company or organization would like to participate in the expo and/or advertise in their show program click here

For additional questions and/or inquiries please email Jay Handy, Director of The Original LGBT Expo, or call 215.644.9672.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SAGE Offers Daily Lunches for LGBT Seniors

The SAGE Center of the Bronx will be providing nutritional lunch for LGBT older adults and friends 60+  Mondays through Fridays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. The center is located at 260 East 188th street, 2nd  Floor, Bronx, NY, 10458 between Valentine and Tiebout Avenue (take the B,D or the 4 train to Fordham Road Station). For more information please email Jose Collazo, Site Manager, or call him at 718.960.3354. A suggested donation of $2.00 is ask for all guests.

Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. - To learn more please click here