Organization: Futures Without Violence

Location: San Francisco, CA

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About Future Without Violence:

For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence (‘FUTURES’) has led the way and set the pace for educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to end violence against women, children, and families around the world. FUTURES is known for providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working in this space.

Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994, Futures Without Violence has established a Global Center for Leadership and Action in the Presidio of San Francisco that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, stand with survivors, and continue working to break the silence around gender-based violence.

Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, FUTURES trains professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. FUTURES also works with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.

Futures Without Violence’s vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope.

With offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, FUTURES has recently completed a successful $18.5 million capital campaign to restore and expand Building 100 in the historic Presidio of San Francisco, establishing a state-of-the-art Center for Leadership and Action to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse. FUTURES also recently met a Ford Foundation Endowment Challenge, raising a match for their $7.5 million grant and establishing a $15 million endowment.

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The Opportunity:

Futures Without Violence is looking for a seasoned development leader to shape and expand the organization’s development program, work in close collaboration with senior leadership to drive new revenue, and bring fresh ideas and ambition to one of the country’s most innovative social change organizations.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for the leadership and oversight of all Development functions including Individual Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Individual Major Giving, Donor Recognition and Stewardship, and special fundraising campaigns.

The CDO will thrive in a positive, cross-functional, cooperative environment with a singular emphasis on entrepreneurship, positive team building, professional development, and individual opportunity and growth.

Essential Functions and Priorities Include:

  • Provide strategic oversight of Development functions and provide superior day-to-day management in a manner that significantly grows revenues for Futures Without Violence.
  • Organize, oversee and maximize success of FUTURES fundraising functions including major giving, planned giving, grant acquisition, donor recognition and stewardship.
  • Maximize success of FUTURES “baseline” giving programs, as measured by financial results, donor loyalty, and growth of higher-level annual donors, planned and major gifts.
  • Implement a structured program for stewardship and donor recognition that fosters long-term relationships.
  • Effectively oversee management of all fundraising functions; ensure accuracy and efficacy of information and analysis to support Development department.
  • Work with CEO and Senior Vice President for FUTURES at the Presidio in management of special fundraising campaigns.
  • Assist CEO in representing FUTURES at both national and community events and meetings on an ongoing and regular basis.
  • Work with Director of Communications on projects and programs related to Development to maximize community relations, partnerships, and media coverage.
  • Conceptualize and create effective fundraising materials, development marketing tools, case statements, and related materials.

Candidate Profile:

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be a proactive and effective institutional fundraiser as well as a positive, energetic, and creative team player. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in high-level non-profit fundraising management with a proven track record, including driving all major fundraising functions and strategy; building a strong development infrastructure; and cultivating, soliciting, and closing significant major gifts.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

A Passion for the Mission: The CDO will have a passion for FUTURES’ mission and the organization’s work. S/he will embrace FUTURES’ collaborative culture, and will have the character and dexterity to lead the growth of the development program, working closely alongside the strong leadership team. A charismatic and motivational individual, the CDO will thrive in an entrepreneurial and innovative environment. The CDO will be an empathic leader, treating others with respect. S/he will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

An Expert in Development: The CDO will be an experienced leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success. S/he will have demonstrated expertise with a wide range of fundraising channels with particular focus on major donors. With a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial mindset, the CDO will partner with senior leaders across the organization in identifying fundraising strategies, developing a process to achieve success and strategically executing on the plan. The CDO will have a strong record of personal success in raising money from individuals, businesses, foundations, corporations, and have knowledge of development tools and metrics.

A Relationship Builder and Collaborator: The CDO will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across all levels. S/he will be a natural collaborator with an ability to work in partnership with a diverse team of leadership volunteers, staff members, donors, and community members. S/he will be able to think strategically while also maintaining focus on the details and individual tasks of a strategic plan. With an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic spirit, the CDO will have a high degree of initiative, strong leadership skills and experience. S/he will have excellent verbal presentation skills in both full group and one-on-one settings and superb written communications capabilities with demonstrated writing ability across a variety of formats including personal correspondence, grants, public relations, and donor communications. The CDO will be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with anyone and successfully convey FUTURES’ objectives.

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.


Futures Without Violence has exclusively retained Koya Leadership Partners for this search. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Alexandra Corvin. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials through Koya’s online link here or email Michelle and Alex at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Managing Director

Alexandra “Alex” N. Corvin
Senior Manager

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Futures Without Violence is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit