Aperture Foundation (New York City), Special Events and Membership Work Scholar

Posted: April 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm

The Development Department’s goal is to raise funds for the full range of Aperture Foundation’s activities, including but not limited to publications, exhibitions, public programs, collection-related projects, the magazine, and general operating support.

A range of activities are undertaken in order to meet fundraising goals, which generally fall into the following categories:

• Major Gifts / Project Support

• Biannual Appeals

• Membership Programs

• Annual Benefit / Fundraising Events

In order to meet our fundraising targets each year, the Development Department coordinates membership and fundraising events, prospect research, and corporate and institutional partnerships with a view to successfully cultivate new funding prospects in addition to maintaining relationships with and caring for existing donors.

What You Can Expect to Learn

• Techniques and strategies used to attain development goals, both on fiscal and mission-driven levels

• Effective strategies for cultivation and stewardship

• Skills for creating successful development materials and acknowledgment letters

• Knowledge of the art world and the philanthropy system

• Event planning and preparation skills

• Database and gift processing

• How to create and submit tracking forms and financial information for payment and processing

• Aperture’s departmental meetings and protocol Departmental Duties

• Correspond with donors and manage customer service for the membership program

• Update acknowledgment letters

• Assist in coordinating all aspects of the annual benefit party and auction (Fall term)

• Assist in the preparation and execution of membership and special events

• Generate and track financial forms and information • Input gifts into donor database

• Complete detailed research of prospective donors

• Coordinate materials and space for departmental meetings

• Assist with the annual appeal campaigns

General Work Scholar Responsibilities

• Further develop knowledge of photography as well as Aperture’s mission, publications, exhibitions, and programs

• Participate in workshops and training sessions

• Assist with front of house engagement and lead informational tours

• Complete pre-, mid-, and post-term evaluations

• Assist with mailings • Setup and breakdown for on- and off-site events

• Assist at the Aperture Foundation Benefit (Fall term) and Spring Party (Spring term)

• Participate in jurying the Aperture Portfolio Prize (Fall term)

• Work occasional Saturdays, extended hours, and events (paid hours)

• Kitchen duty (fridge and dishes)


Advanced experience with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; strong working grasp of database programs such as DonorPerfect, Raiser’s Edge, or Salesforce; some HTML experience; excellent communication and grammar skills.

If you are interested or have questions, please visit HERE.