The Director of Development is a newly created role within the JWP Caddie Scholarship Trust designed to establish a formalized development program.Reporting to the Executive Director of the Golf Association of Philadelphia and working closely with the Director of JWP Caddie Scholarship, the Director of Development will identify, cultivate, solicit, manage and steward prospects and donors through direct mail, phone calls, online giving strategies, social media, personal visits, general communications, volunteer management and giving societies in order to secure the funding needed to advance the mission of the Trust. In close collaboration with the Board of Trustees, the Director’s focus will be building program infrastructure to spearhead fundraising efforts while enhancing the culture of philanthropy among all constituencies.
- In coordination with the Director of JWP Caddie Scholarship and GAP staff, plans, implements and evaluates all strategic development and advancement programs and initiatives to optimally grow annual, major, and capital gifts, planned gifts, corporate sponsorships, and events.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with Platt Trustees, Directors, Platt Caddie Scholar Alumni, GAP club leaders and staff members.
- Visits GAP clubs to educate club leaders, caddie masters and staff members about the Trust and its mission.
- Develops and manages an integrated plan for giving to increase donor engagement in the mission and meet the financial goal for annual support of the Trust through solicitations, direct mail appeals, giving societies, and email appeals.
- Develops and manages the fundraising component of the database and ensures precise gift processing in coordination with the Controller.
- Creates and implements a system of stewardship and gift recognition that connects donors with the impact of their generosity and inspires continued involvement with the mission of JWP, including impact reports, events, letters, receipts and other appropriate acknowledgements.
- Oversees new corporate giving initiatives, developing relationships with corporate leaders and foundation representatives while submitting and following up on grant applications.
- Develops a planned giving initiative; educating constituents on estate planning and presenting planned giving opportunities to support the Trust.
- Works closely with GAP staff to generate data and content for publications and engagements including: the annual report, brochures and correspondence, online content, giving society benefits for stewardship, newsletters and others, as needed.
- Tracks, analyzes, and reports on the various giving tactics and vehicles to identify trends and opportunities that impact the strategic plan and mission goals.
- Prepares and collaborates with the Executive Director, Director and Board on key issues including all aspects of prospect engagement, solicitations, and stewardship, Board membership and external relations.
- Develops, schedules, attends, oversees and evaluates all fundraising events to maximize ongoing financial support of existing and potential donors.
- Establishes, maintains and staffs the necessary volunteer groups and committees to enhance and maximize fundraising initiatives and build donor engagement.
- An appreciation and passion for the mission of J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust combined with a knowledge and passion for the game of golf and the golf caddie experience.
- Minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible positions in development with significant experience and success in stewardship and cultivation of major gifts.
- Visionary and strategic planning capabilities to be applied toward developing the infrastructure for innovative fundraising program and the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation.
- Ability to serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director of GAP, Director of JWP Caddie Scholarship and the Board of Trustees on matters related to fundraising and advancement.
- Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies.
- Proven financial management experience including forecasting, budget development and expense tracking.
- Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact in a social setting with ease and grace.
- Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, the mission, vision, and goals of the Trust with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
- Ability to organize and establish objectives, prioritize and achieve goals.
- Must be a self-starter with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
- Highly developed skills in organizational efficiency and attention to detail.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Must be able and willing to work some evenings and weekends along with the ability to travel and drive to GAP Clubs for all scheduled events.
The J. Wood Platt (JWP) Caddie Scholarship Trust was created in 1958 by the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) through the efforts of then President Walter A. Schmidt; Leo Fraser, President of the local section of Professional Golfers’ Association of America; and Albert Keeping, Golf Professional at Gulph Mills Golf Club. It was named in honor of Philadelphia’s premier golfer of the era, J. Wood Platt. Not only was Mr. Platt an accomplished player, but he was also the Scholarship’s co-founder and first contributor.
The Scholarship’s mission, which has remained constant since its inception, is to financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education. In the last 60 years, more than 3,500 young men and women have received $22 million in aid. In the 2018-19 academic year, 126 caddies are receiving more than $1 million. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year for undergraduates and graduate students.
The Scholarship is also helping to preserve one of the game’s most valued traditions, the caddie. By supporting caddies in their traditional educational pursuits, golfers are reminded of the important role the caddie has played in the game’s history. In turn, this role is preserved for the game’s future.
2018-2019 J. Wood Platt Facts & Figures
Platt Scholar Financials
- There are 126 Platt Scholars receiving benefits from the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust.
- More than $1 million in grants will be distributed during the school year.
- The maximum grant amount is $10,000 for undergraduates and graduate students.
- The amount of an average grant is $8,200.
- Thirty-seven of our caddie-scholars have their unmet need completely covered by a Platt scholarship.
- The average number of rounds caddied by our scholars annually is 50.
- The cumulative GPA of our caddie-scholars is 3.2.
Colleges & Universities
- Platt Scholars currently attend 51 different colleges or universities.
- The school with the most Platt Scholars is Penn State, with 29. Other top schools:
Temple University, 14
St. Joseph’s University, 10
West Chester University, 7
University of Scranton, 4
University of Pittsburgh, 4
For additional information about J. Wood Platt, please visit www.gapgolf.org/jwphome.asp.