The Chief Development Officer (CDO) sets bold fundraising targets and leads both development and marketing/communications staff to successfully meet those goals, including a three-year strategic growth capital campaign, and oversees individual, institutional (foundations), corporate, and special event fundraising. The CDO serves as an ambassador for Mission Graduates by effectively inspiring, educating, and engaging a diverse stakeholder community in service of Mission Graduates’ mission.
Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, dedicated to establishing a college education as an expectation and goal for every child, thereby allowing them to find a fulfilling career and call San Francisco home. Through a range of after school, summer, and now virtual programs, Mission Graduates supports literacy, academic success, and socio-emotional learning for students and their families from kindergarten through the beginning of their careers.
For the last 50 years, Mission Graduates has built a strong community by creating educational achievement and community change. Starting in 1972 in a small classroom at St. John’s Episcopal Church, they now serve students and families with their multifaceted programming at 12 school sites and five unique programs. They have worked with tens of thousands of San Francisco students to make college dreams a reality for Latinx, Black, and immigrant students. This year alone, they are serving nearly 5,000 students and families.
In 2019-2020, Mission Graduates affiliated students received nine times more scholarship awards than the average American student. The average scholarship amount per student is $3,852, compared to $35,916.00 for Mission Graduates students. Nearly 100% (99.5%) of eligible Mission Graduates students applied to either FAFSA or Dream Act, compared to the national average of 56%.