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Dear Mr. Puricelli, Desiring to apply for the Development Director position, I have attempted to upload my resume using this WordPress form, and do not trust that I am having success. In both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, the "Upload" button has no effect. I've enabled pop-ups and verified I'm not a robot. I've "put"--dragged--my pdf from my desktop to "copy" to the form. While my resume appears under a new tab in both browsers, the "Preview" button remains inactive and nothing on the form indicates I've been successful. Pasting the URL of the resume's browser address in the box between "Preview" and "Upload" similarly has no effect. I inspected the HTML code for the form in Chrome, and it shows an "Uncaught Type Error" for the "Upload" button. I thought I should bring this to your (or the programmer's) attention. I am therefore using this "email" approach, where I'm limited to copying the text of my both my cover letter and my profile/resume. They follow below. I will also mail both documents via USPS. Sincerely, TIM VOSS, CFRE Cell (314) 302-3010 • firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------------------------- COVER LETTER: --------------------------------------- TIM VOSS, CFRE Certified Fund Raising Executive 6158 McPherson Avenue • Saint Louis, Missouri 63112 Cell (314) 302-3010 • email@example.com www.linkedin.com/in/timvoss March 12, 2021 Mr. Robert Puricelli, Executive Director Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis 2524 South Eleventh Street St. Louis, MO 63104 Dear Mr. Puricelli, “I’ve got good news and bad news,” said the pastor to the congregation. “The good news is that we have all the money we need to replace the carpeting in the church. The bad news is that it’s still in your pockets!” I’ve always thought this caption from a tongue-in-cheek cartoon I included in a congregational stewardship manual years ago sums up well the challenge of nonprofit fundraising. Of course, raising funds to support Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis (GSGBC) is nothing to take lightly. I saw firsthand the challenges and inequities impoverished urban youth face as a summer-school teacher in New York City during college. I see inequities in our region keeping St. Louis City youth from reaching their full potential. As Director of Development at GSGBC, I’d not only take the work seriously, I’d bring my demonstrated fundraising success, and give it my all. I came to St. Louis to become a pastor, but instead became a stewardship writer/editor at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) International Center. This began a 25-year career during which I attained my M.A. in Marketing and grew as a communicator, influencer, and leader in church fundraising. After leaving the LCMS, I found purpose working as a capital campaign consultant for Walsh & Associates. There, I led 16 feasibility studies and 18 capital campaigns with goals ranging from $650,000 to $3.5 million. I collaborated with leaders to develop case statements, prepared major gift proposals, trained solicitors, personally solicited five- and six-figure gifts, and directed efforts that reached results ranging from 68% to 281% of goal (134% mean). Desiring less travel and more time with family, I sought work locally and eventually accepted the Development Director position at HavenHouse Saint Louis, a “hospital hospitality house.” I introduced what best practices I could. I crafted an annual appeal that broke fundraising records. I streamlined the grant application process. I thought I could continue to make a difference at HavenHouse, but the organization’s new leadership and I were not a good fit for each other. Exacerbated by the pandemic, our incompatible partnership ended this February. As the past year has underscored, nonprofits that have built a culture of philanthropy are best prepared to weather funding challenges. I’m confident I can help GSGBC build on its 90-year legacy and would love to explore with you the opportunity to do so. I’m eager to help make a difference, if it’s a good fit. Thank you for taking time to consider me for the role. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, TIM VOSS, CFRE Cell (314) 302-3010 • firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------ RESUME: ------------------------------ TIM VOSS, CFRE Certified Fund Raising Executive | Creative Communicator | Conscientious Connector | Technical Problem Solver 6158 McPherson Avenue • Saint Louis, Missouri 63112 Cell (314) 302-3010 • email@example.com www.linkedin.com/in/timvoss CONNECTING VALUES TO VISIONS FOR THE GREATER GOOD… A skillful fundraising and marketing communications professional with 35 years of nonprofit experience. Adept at connecting donors to the cause by building compelling cases, relationships, and processes to grow funding results. I’m here to advocate for causes that enable economically disadvantaged people to live happier, healthier lives. PHILOSOPHY… Wherever you journey, leave things better than you find them. A CAREER FOCUSED ON FUNDING MISSIONS THAT IMPACT LIVES… Most recently, Development Director for HavenHouse Saint Louis, a hospital hospitality house… …preceded by six years of independent nonprofit consulting, including five years as a contracted capital campaign consultant for Walsh & Associates, serving churches primarily in the central Midwest region… …preceded by a 25-year career in nonprofit communications, fund development, marketing management and leadership at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod International Center… …where I grew from Stewardship Project Coordinator/Writer/Editor to Marketing Director for Ministry Services, directing the marketing operations for services that helped church organizations grow their capacity for mission. I’VE FOUND THE GREATEST SUCCESS WHEN… Communicating to grow results: • Implemented a year-end appeal yielding the best results in the organization’s 16-year history and nearly double the previous year’s. • Directed the creation of a nonprofit service’s website that resulted in a 17% increase in program contracts from website leads. Working as a mission partner with clients and colleagues: • Collaborated with church clients to create and communicate compelling cases and consistently led them to surpass campaign funding goals. • Facilitated the merging of four nonprofit services, building relationships internally to unify the organization around a single mission and purpose. Designing and leading group processes: • Helped the Women’s Hope Chorale of St. Louis pursue best practices in fundraising through a strategic planning process, development audit, and donor engagement effort. • Grew funding for The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod by designing and implementing a statewide campaign feasibility study: advised client on case development, developed communication tools, designed donor focus group, interview and survey instruments, and presented case for funding to groups and individual donors. _______________PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE__________________ DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR at HavenHouse Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Sept. 2019 – Feb. 2021 Responsible for all development functions—grants, annual appeals, events and sponsorships, database administration, major gifts, donor relations. • Replaced a grants management system comprised of spreadsheets with a dedicated grants management system (GrantHub) and collaborated with writers to improve efficiency and results. • Implemented a year-end appeal yielding the best results in the organization’s 16-year history and nearly double the previous year’s. ----------------------------------------- NONPROFIT CONSULTANT at Tim Voss, Independent Contractor, St. Louis, Missouri Jan. 2019 – Sept. 2019 Helped the Women’s Hope Chorale of St. Louis pursue best practices in fundraising through a strategic planning process, development audit, and donor engagement effort. ----------------------------------------- AREA DIRECTOR* at Walsh & Associates, Church Capital Campaign Specialists, Burnsville, Minn. Jul. 2013 – Dec. 2018 (*as an Independent Contractor stationed in St. Louis, Missouri) • Completed 16 feasibility studies and 18 capital campaigns with goals ranging from $650,000 to $3.5 million and results ranging from 68% to 281% of goal (134% mean). • Authored case statements and surveys, conducted major donor interviews, compiled and reported survey results with observations and recommendations, prepared individual gift proposals for major donors, scheduled campaign events, trained volunteer solicitors. • Solicited and secured gifts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. ----------------------------------------- At THE LUTHERAN CHURCH—MISSOURI SYNOD INTERNATIONAL CENTER, St. Louis, Missouri… -------------------- • MARKETING DIRECTOR for Ministry Services & Resources at Lutheran Church Extension Fund Jul. 2011 – Apr. 2012 Directed the marketing and operations staff for eight service and product groups. Assembled and led teams to deliver new services proposed by the business plan. ------------------- • MARKETING MANAGER for Ministry Services at Lutheran Church Extension Fund Jul. 2005 – Jun. 2011 Developed the branding strategy for services under my direction, coordinating messaging in multiple media channels, negotiating and managing vendor contracts. Improved sales presentations and lead generation strategies that achieved sales staff’s and directors’ goals. ------------------- • MARKETING COMMUNICATION MANAGER and Co-Founder for Capital Funding Services Jul. 1992 – Jun. 2005 …began at The LCMS Foundation, then moved to Lutheran Church Extension Fund Was one of three founders of Capital Funding Services, responsible for all service marketing and capital-campaign volunteer training materials delivered to clients nationally. • Led the development of a relational database to track sales, services, and improve customer relationship management. • Designed an automated process for production of a complex, customized training manual, reducing production time from two weeks to three days. ------------------- MEDIA MANAGER for the Department of Stewardship and Financial Support at LCMS, Inc Oct. 1986 – Jun. 1992 Starting as a project coordinator/writer/editor, worked in a growing capacity over this six-year period providing stewardship educational resources, programs, and consulting to congregations of the LCMS. ----------------------------------------- REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVE at First Investors Corp., Regional Office, Creve Coeur, Missouri 1986 Obtained Series 63 license to sell securities and did so for six months. __________________________________________________________ FORMAL EDUCATION… • M.A., MARKETING — Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri 1999 • B.A., BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE — Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, 1984 ADDITIONAL LEARNING & AFFILIATIONS… • B.S., Nonprofit Management (equivalent) — through studies at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1978 – 1980, and 25 years of nonprofit management experience • “A to Z of Grant Writing” — St. Louis Community College, 2012 • “Matura Leadership Series” — Employer-sponsored executive leadership training, St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 2011 – Apr. 2012 • “Relational Database Design” — Washington University in St. Louis - CAIT: The Center for the Application of Information Technology, 1994 • Member, Association of Lutheran Development Executives A FEW RELATED TECHNICAL SKILLS… • eTapestry: User-defined fields, custom queries, reports, auto-generated gift receipts. GrantHub: Managing all aspects of a grants program. MS Excel: Tables, filters, pivot tables, and conditional formatting. • Setting standards for gift entry and receipting. • Compiling and organizing data for grant applications and follow-up reports, audits, metrics, and budgets. KEEPING LIFE IN BALANCE… By dedicating time to family, church choral singing, home and volunteer landscaping projects, bicycling, Toastmasters. References available upon request.