Director of Development Postition

Asian Aid USA is proud of all the growth it has had in the past seven years. We have reached thousands and children and their families, but our work is not complete.

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Asian Aid USA: Director of Development, Director of Leadership Gifts, Director of Philanthropy & Sponsorship

Asian Aid USA is a Christian, non-profit 501 (c) 3 established in 2001.  As an accredited supporting ministry to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Asian Aid USA is dedicated to sharing God’s love by addressing the causes of poverty through empowering the poor and building their capabilities regardless of religion, ethnicity, political beliefs or gender.  Asian Aid transforms the lives of over 3,500 children in need through Seventh-day Adventist education and humanitarian support. Asian Aid partners with the church in the countries of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Development Director will spearhead the development efforts at Asian Aid USA and increase philanthropic revenue. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build a systematic giving program leading to growth for the organization which will provide the necessary resources for Asian Aid USA to continue transforming the lives of children.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute Asian Aid USA’s  annual fundraising plan
  • Develop strategy within the fundraising plan to build sponsorship numbers & revenue
  • Secure financial support from individuals, businesses and foundations.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Develop Ambassador Program to reach churches in North America.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Qualifications

  • A proven track record in successful fundraising, preferably with a CFRE
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-plus years of experience in development
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising and gift tracking software and best practices

This role requires an experienced self-starter that has a proven track record in developing a successful fundraising program. The role requires travel within the United States to visit donors and international travel to field projects when required. The role is based at the Asian Aid USA corporate office in Collegedale, TN.

Please send your cover letter and resume to: support @asianaid.org or call Jim Rennie 423-910-0667 with any questions.

A School for the Blind and Deaf? Part 2

After taking a look into how the special needs of the blind are met at Asian Aid’s School for the Blind, let travel south 12 hours from Andhra Pradesh to Karnakata, India. We travel to a region with over 2,700 disabled children.

India has the most children born with hearing impairment than any other country in the world. For residents in the Chamarajanagar district, there is not a single government school, out of 160 schools, that specializes in meeting special needs. For parents it is very frustrating not being able to give their children a proper education so that they can develop alongside their peers.

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So in 1994 The Kollegal Speech and Hearing Impaired School was started and moved to its current location in 2002. Nestled in three acres of quiet countryside south of Bangalore, India, staff are proud of this school. This school has an environment that requires much use of your hands than you may be used to. For the students pass along every bit of sign language knowledge they posses to each visitor.

Agriculture is apart of the culture of the school. The students help grow bananas, tomatoes, eggplants, mangoes, and more. Students also learn skills such as candle making and tailoring. Most importantly, each child with the need receives speech therapy. Every day over 100 students are given the chance to grow and develop physically and mentally just like their friends and family.

Choose today to Partner with Asian Aid to help change the odds for these amazing children.

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Top 5 Ways We Support Children

It is no secret that many children around the world are getting the short end of the stick.

Too many are lacking a positive support system, healthy meals three times a day, the opportunity to go to school, safe drinking water, and so much more. What a list–and it isn’t a good one. For 50 years Asian Aid has worked hard to change the circumstances of thousands of children.

Asian Aid USA is passionate about helping “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:40) By going to the font lines to tackle these issues in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, we have seen that there is still much to do. That’s why we do not work alone. Through various partnerships, our mission of giving hope Today is accomplished.

What are the top 5 ways we are supporting children in Asia?

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Special Needs Children

It is not easy being born with a birth defect. Every day is filled with more challenges than for the average person. From moving around from room to room to eating a meal, it is not easy. As in western countries, many children are born with a birth defect such as blindness and hearing loss. With little schools or programs designed to meet their needs, these children with special needs live without hope of where the future will take them.

Asian Aid is proud to address this need by providing a school for both the blind and deaf. At these schools, over 250 students are able to learn using a curriculum designed specifically for them. The blind learn how to read Braille and the deaf learn Sign Language. Asian Aid works to provide a way for their dreams to come true just like the other boys and girls.

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3 Meals a Day

The continent of Asia has the most hungry people in the world–about two thirds of the total. What an alarming number! Countries such as India are no exception as a result of the high number of families and orphans living in poverty. Seeing the effects of hunger on these powerless children led to the start of many programs in Asian Aid including our various orphanages. At each orphanage and every school Asian Aid partners with, going to bed with a very silent stomach is the norm. Whether the child is a boarder or day student, they know their bellies will not be empty.

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Access to Safe Water

1 in 10 people in our world lack access to safe water. That is a world in which a child could develop diseases such as diarrhea or cholera from merely quenching their thirst. With toxins from the water getting into the body, the immune system would be weakened allowing viruses and bacteria to take over. All this because a parent does not have access to safe water for their child.

Asian Aid saw this as an opportunity–opportunity for thousands of children to fill their water bottles with clear-clean water. The water we drink should not be the same color as the dirt beneath our feet.

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Nurturing Orphans

There are an estimated 132 million orphans around the world. This could be a result of a child’s parents passing away or from being abandoned. Being out in the world on their own leaves them prey to individuals who plan to traffic, enslave, prostitute, and more the vulnerable. About 11% of children are forced into child labor situations. Although there are adults in their lives, the adults are not there to provide a safe environment, health, and an education.

Through orphanages like Sunrise Home, Asian Aid seeks to nurture more than 250 orphans and help them to grow into healthy, not hurting, adults. Our orphans receive love, hugs, and special attention no. Attentive staff help them get ready for school in the morning, help with grooming, teach them how to make their beds, and ensure they eat breakfast. They will be there is a child catches a cold or scrapped their knee playing volleyball. Our orphans know that we are there.

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Learn About the Love of Jesus

Nima’s family was murdered and he was left for dead. Taken in my Asian Aid, Nima was introduced to a forgiving God. A God that forgives his sins and can help him forgive his family’s killer. Today he is driven by love instead of anger.

All of Asian Aid’s children attend Adventist schools with the desire that as they learn more about Jesus, they will allow Him to change their hearts. Every day they are exposed to a community of people that pray when they need help, who read the Bible, and learn to live like Jesus lived. Asian Aid does not merely want to educate children for this world, but prepare them for eternity.