Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is a
pioneer of public library service in America. It was the first large free
municipal library in the United States; the first public library to lend books;
the first to have a branch library; and the first to have a children’s room.
Today, under the leadership of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the BPL features a
central library and 25 neighborhood branches and is recognized not only locally
but nationally as an historic cultural institution.
The BPL’s mission is focused on four core areas: reading and
literacy; spaces and programs; reference and instruction; and special
collections and cultural heritage. Within this mission, the BPL remains
committed its 123-year-old charge to remain “free to all” – a charge that runs
so deep through the BPL’s history that it is etched in stone on the Library’s
façade. To that end, the Library is proud to welcome everyone equally,
regardless of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, faith, or
The Creation of the
Fund for the Boston Public Library
The Fund for the Boston Public Library is an exciting new
and independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit designed to develop, cultivate and steward
philanthropic relationships and partnerships in support of the Boston Public
Library. The vision is to ensure alignment and interconnection with BPL
leadership and governance, as well as broaden the BPL’s base of support by
building relationships and investments tied to the Library’s vision and
priorities, in terms of profile, programs and philanthropy. The Fund, guided by
the Library’s mission and priorities, is a model for leadership and partnership
with existing affiliates, including shared strategies, resources and services.
The Fund is led by Mary Flynn Myers, who has over 35 years
of development experience in Greater Boston. Mary oversees the governance,
leadership and start-up of the Fund. As she builds a small, high-level team,
she is seeking an experienced development leader with a demonstrated track
record in managing and growing a high-level annual membership society.
The Director of Patron Programs will be a lead member of the
new Fund team.
To demonstrate the commitment of the Board of the new Fund
for the Boston Public Library, salary and benefits for this position are highly
The Director of Patron Programs will be responsible for
creating and executing a robust and engaging leadership annual giving group in
support of the BPL. It is expected that Patron members will support the Library
with annual gifts in the magnitude of $2,000-25,000.
The Director will establish goals, strategies, and
programming that aim to build and engage the donor base and attract new
supporters. A key element of the Patron Director’s job will be the organization
of one to three creative engagement opportunities for Patron members, from the
Library’s many wonderful offerings.
Through personal visits and management of an engaged and
motivated volunteer committee, the Director will identify, cultivate, and
steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors, seeking
and securing gifts in the $2,000-25,000 range. The FBPL Patron Program will be
a signature program of FBPL fundraising.
The Director will also work to ensure effective administration
of annual fund gifts through acknowledgment letters, recognition of donors in
the Annual Report, and the delivery of any necessary reports and
communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents.
• Organize a new membership society to attract unrestricted
gifts of $2,000 to $25,000
• Recruit, with assistance from the Board and Executive
Director, and manage a volunteer solicitation committee which will recruit new
members at leadership annual gift levels
• Create and implement interesting and engaging member
• Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward an
assigned pool of managed prospects
• Work collaboratively with database manager to reconcile
monthly reports, develop custom reports, and add appeal codes to Raiser’s Edge.
Utilize Raiser’s Edge to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct
appropriate and timely constituent follow-up
• Work with Communications to create appeals and marketing