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The structure of individual nonprofits varies widely and depends on the goals of the organization, its size and number of employees, and its funding. Major nonprofits usually employ executive directors to lead the organization. Chief financial officers manage financial operations, directors of special events plan and manage events, and directors of volunteers create volunteer programs and recruit, train, and manage volunteers. Directors of membership manage membership services. Directors of development are charged with fund-raising and building the organization's resources, while corporate relations managers maintain relationships with supportive corporations. Major gifts officers solicit substantial donations from wealthy individuals or corporations, and prospect researchers look for prospective, new donors. Grant writers research and write proposals to solicit funding from government and private foundations. Directors of communications manage the group's public image. Marketing managers promote programs, events, services, and develop a recognizable brand. Directors of public affairs oversee public relations, which may include media relations, community relations, and public information. Publications managers oversee the writing, editing, design, printing, production, and mailing of newsletters, journals, membership directories, convention guides, and annual reports.

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