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The Great Outdoors Foundation is Central Iowa’s pathway to sustainable, healthy environments.
We are a regional conservation leader and a catalyst for high impact environmental projects. We convene partners with a shared vision, drive collaboration, and raise awareness and funds. Our priority initiatives expand and restore natural spaces, foster outdoor recreation, promote conservation and build passion for nature.
We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature by collaborating with other organizations who share a common vision of healthy environments that provide a variety of outdoor recreation and education opportunities. Driven by our clear purpose, we challenge ourselves to seek and take on partner projects offering exceptional and long-term impact requiring a regional approach and creative funding.


Title: Vice President of Donor Relations
FLSA: Exempt
Reports to:
Chief Executive Officer
Application Deadline: July 19, 2019
Send Resumes to: maryjo@greatoutdoorsfoundation.org

The Vice President of Donor Relations plays an important role in the achievement of the overall development goals of the Great Outdoors Foundation, including the annual campaign, the Central Iowa Water Trails project, and other fundraising initiatives of partner organizations. Some examples of past and current projects include water trails, Jester Park Nature Center, Polk County Youth Conservation Corps and local parks projects. This position is responsible for identification of new and cultivating ongoing relationships with current donors. The Vice President of Donor Relations provides strategy and oversight of regional fundraising initiatives. This position is also responsible for fundraising for the Great Outdoors Foundation’s annual development plan. Key strategies of the position include: facilitating fundraising with partner organizations; developing a pipeline of fundraising; managing relationships with donors and partner organizations; and overall strengthening of community relationships.

Job Description


The Great Outdoors Foundation boldly put out the vision to create a world class, nationally known parks and trails system by creating a regional parks plan that creates a sustainable funding mechanism for parks and trails, provides branding and marketing for the region, as well as a shared vision and implementation plan.

Natural resources and outdoor recreation in the greater metro area play a critical role in maintaining our quality of life. Our trails network, parks, and greenways attract people to the community, while providing easy access to all for healthy living through walking, cycling, bird watching, paddling, playing, and more.

Without restored landscapes and improved habitat for both people and wildlife, we continue to place our water resources at great risk for pollution and flooding. If the public is not well-educated in conservation issues, our expenses to reduce waste, improve air quality, and fight the impacts of climate will continue to skyrocket.

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