ABOUT KARAMU HOUSE
In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jelliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in a Cleveland area called The Roaring Third. The Jelliffes wanted to build an environment where people of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures through the arts, and Karamu House was established as a gathering place for racially diverse members of the surrounding community at that time. As the community became predominantly African American, Karamu responded with programs geared to their needs and interests.
Today, Karamu is evolving to be reborn as a beating heart for the entire community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, or age, as it embarks on its second 100 years, retaining its historical identity as “a place of joyful gathering.” Core programs include a five performance, socially-relevant and professional quality theatre season; arts education in drama/theatre, music and dance for all ages; and community programming, such as a lecture series, and spoken word and music performances, that invites participation and engagement, reflection, and a re-commitment to cultural values.
The Development Manager supports all development and fundraising initiatives of the institution. He or she will assist the Development Director on development and fundraising through grants from major local and national foundations and through the identification, cultivation and stewardship of prospects and individual donors for planned and major gifts. The Development Manager plays a key support role in Karamu’s strategic planning initiatives which currently include the establishment of strong development systems and functions.
The Development Manager will work internally to help build and manage a system of identifying and tracking grant opportunities, preparing grant applications and reports and assisting the Development Director on other fundraising events and activities. This position provides an opportunity to develop experience and skills in fundraising and an understanding of cultural arts operations.
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