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American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (Director of Development, Midwest Region)

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The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) is seeking a talented and motivated Director of Development to join a highly successful team of dedicated people who share the Weizmann Institutes mission: science for the benefit of humanity. ACWIS develops philanthropic support in the United States for the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), one of the world's premier scientific research institutions based in Rehovot, Israel. The Weizmann Institute, which was originally founded in 1934 as the Daniel Sieff Research Institute, is a center of basic interdisciplinary scientific research and graduate study addressing crucial problems in technology, medicine and health, energy, agriculture, and the environment.

Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 3,800 scientists, students, technicians, and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials, and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.

Weizmann is proud that Professor Ada Yonath was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. Professor Yonath is the first Israeli woman to receive a Nobel, and the fourth woman to ever win the Nobel Chemistry prize. Additionally, there have been 33 Israel Prize recipients from the Weizmann Institute, largely regarded as the states highest honor.


The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) was founded in 1944 by a group of American visionaries inspired by the dreams of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the eminent chemist and Zionist leader who later became the first President of the State of Israel. Outstanding business, intellectual and opinion leaders soon joined the Committee to participate in exciting projects of support. Supporters of ACWIS have been, and are today, partners with Weizmann Institute scientists in the search for answers to the most difficult challenges facing humanity.

Over the years, ACWIS has grown into a prominent national organization with a staff of about 60. ACWIS is a national network of dedicated volunteers and professional staff who share a common vision with the Institute in advancing science for the benefit of humanity, and strengthening Israel through science and technology. ACWIS develops philanthropic support for research at
Weizmann; educates the American public about the Institute's research; and represents the Institute's interests in the United States.

In its 73-year history, ACWIS has raised more than $2 billion, averaging more than $60 million a year over the past decade. Improving upon traditional fundraising strategies, ACWIS has created the Center for Personalized Philanthropy, to provide customized giving opportunities for its donors. And, ACWIS employs a total financial resource development model that focuses on a donors overall and lifetime support of Weizmann. This approach looks at a donors lifetime goals for making an impact and offers a menu of opportunities to fulfill their philanthropic passions.

Headquartered in New York, ACWIS has six regional offices including San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Fort Lauderdale; FL; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Chicago, IL; and New York, NY. In addition ACWIS employs four National Executive Directors of Leadership Giving who cover a regional base of donors outside of the regional offices reach. Each office employs fundraising strategies that suit the market; the Midwest Region raises approximately $5.5M annually predominantly from individual donors, with approximately $1M from their annual Gala event. Additional information on ACWIS can be found at: www.weizmann-usa.org.