Marketing & Development Board Member

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ORGANIZATION: Ruff Start Rescue

The Marketing & Development Board Member is an active member of the Ruff Start Rescue Board
of Directors who is responsible for adhering to general board responsibilities, along with
providing the board insights, recommendations, and discussion specific to their marketing and development expertise. This individual will also provide the marketing and development department and staff guidance
when needed on topics including, but not limited to: fundraising, revenue planning, events,
marketing strategies, and maintaining current donor relations, along with cultivating new ones,

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours weekly in addition to general board time commitments

Location: Current Zoom/Future In-person

Reports to: Board Chair

● Provide fundraising and donor expertise to the board, executive director, and
development department.
● Member of the Ruff Start Rescue Advancement Committee, which meets virtually,
monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month from 3:00-4:00 PM CST.
● Make recommendations on marketing plans, events, donor relationships, social media
strategies, etc.
● Analyze relationships with current and prospective major donors, along with corporate
donors, and provide guidance to board, executive director, development department, to
cultivate or strengthen those relationships.
● Determine board fundraising expectations and goals with the board chair.
● Engage in advocacy and networking through participation in Ruff Start Rescue
Fundraising events and other opportunities to expand Ruff Start Rescue brand
● Active member of the Ruff Start Rescue Board of Directors
● Prior experience with event planning, fundraising, and donor relationships
● Animal welfare and rescue/shelter experience preferred
● Experience with grant writing and application process
● Strong background/knowledge of social media (mainly Facebook/Instagram) preferred
● Experience in public appearances, events, and marketing strategies

Applicants, please note: to be considered for this position, you must submit a cover letter in
addition to a resume to

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About Ruff Start Rescue


12526 319th Ave, Princeton, MN 55371, US

Mission Statement

Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving animals whose lives are at risk. We also educate the community about the importance of animal rescue and responsibility.


Who We Are & How We Do It

We are a foster based animal rescue based out of Central MN. We are a No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats as well as ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits. We all work very hard to place them in new loving homes. We have a facility in Princeton for staff and supplies, but we operate throughout all of central MN. In fact, we have most of our fosters in the twin cities and surrounding areas.

This group could not survive without all of our wonderful volunteers who spend countless hours devoting time to save lives. Most volunteers work full time jobs, have children, their own animals, etc and have a very busy schedule. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away, it’s probably because we are at work and will call you as soon as we can.

More info at:


Board Development
Animals, Board Development


We'll work with your schedule.


All Over MinnesotaPrinceton, MN 55371



  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Relationship Building
  • Brand Development & Messaging





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