Tailored Response To Want Ad For Fundraising #1

This thoughtful, well-written letter produced an interview and job offer for Martin Haley ("Skip").

136 N.E. Conifer Drive | Corvallis, Oregon 97330
H: 541-555-1212 | C: 541-575-98541 | shaley@example.com

February 15, 20—

John B. Madison
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
University of Denver
P.O. Box 100864
Denver, CO  80250

Dear Mr. Madison:

The requirements you outline in "The chronicle Of Higher Education" for a Director of Development for the Graduate School of Social Work closely match my background and abilities. I am a professional fund raising executive with a proven record of leadership and success in advancement in higher education. Career highlights include:

  • More than $4 million in foundation and corporate grants for policy research in juvenile justice, homelessness, HIV education, social research, community college education.
  • $3.6 million in individual major gifts in less than three years, includes:
  • $1 million for endowed chair in gerontology and family studies.

I offer a heavy mix of management, strategic planning, development, and communication skills that are well-suited to the needs of The Graduate School of Social Work. My background and training, my fifteen years in higher education, and my overall career in social services are also essential attributes I would bring to the University. I have spoken with Margaret Trend, with whom I once served on a CASE commission, regarding this opening, and she has urged me to apply.

I hope we may meet. I am available at your convenience for an interview, and will look forward to the chance to discuss my credentials in greater detail and in person.

Martin Haley

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