The Philanthropy Associate supports up to three members of the Philanthropy Team with cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and/or institutional donors. The Associate should work to enhance the donor experience and increase philanthropic revenue for the mission. The Associate supports these goals by: (1) equipping frontline fundraisers with the resources needed to provide a quality, personalized giving experience to donors, and (2) providing back-office support that enables frontline fundraisers to concentrate their time on donor-facing activities.
The Associate is a subject-matter expert on each of the three Philanthropy Team member’s portfolios which each contain up to 160 individuals, foundations, and/or companies. Approximately 80% of the Associate’s time is spent contributing to donor relationship management, strategy development, capturing ideas and notes in Raiser’s Edge, reminding fundraisers of upcoming outreach needed, securing resources, and assisting fundraisers with outreach and donor engagement.
Approximately 20% of the Associate’s time is spent managing a small portfolio of their own, which is comprised of: (1) 10-20 donors with the capacity to grow to the $10,000+ per year level and (2) a group of middle giving donors that require targeted stewardship.
Responsibilities and Functions:
This Philanthropy Associate will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
Philanthropy Officer Support (80%)
Support up to three Philanthropy Officers in developing and executing personalized relationship management plans for portfolios of up to 160 individuals, foundations, and/or companies with the capacity to give $10,000+ per year.
Participate in donor strategy meetings, contributing ideas and capturing agreed-upon next steps in Raiser’s Edge
Support Philanthropy Officers in executing donor strategies, including through providing reminders and securing key resources—such as prospect research, proposals, stewardship materials, leadership/researchers/volunteer engagement, etc.
Serve as a subject-matter expert on available resources, custom donor engagement opportunities, and systems/processes/timelines required to access them
Proactively support donor meetings by requesting and refreshing prospect research, drafting briefings, sourcing materials, and coordinating follow-up
Participate in donor meetings, tours, and engagement events
Assist with scheduling donor meetings and internal prep and follow-up meetings
Draft donor correspondence
Customize proposals, reports, and other materials for donors while maintaining strict compliance with brand and messaging standards
Support Philanthropy Officers with annual portfolio planning
Assist Philanthropy Officers with maintaining the quality, complete, and up-to-date Raiser’s Edge records for their portfolio donors
Update Raiser’s Edge with prospect research, donor information, and activity details
Personal Portfolio (20%)
Serve as the primary relationship manager to 10-20 donors with the capacity to grow to $10,000+ giving per year, developing and executing a personalized engagement plan for each and achieving a revenue target of $50,000 or more each year
Oversee cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a group of middle donors by developing highly efficient, streamlined processes that ensure a quality donor experience—and high retention rates—with minimal time investment
Continually build fluency and confidence in communicating the case for support and opportunities for making an impact through philanthropy
Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a midsize not-for-profit. Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.
Application This position is open until filled.
Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the words “Philanthropy Associate” in the subject line of your email.
Only complete applications will be considered.
NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, the Foundation cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status updates except when an interview is granted.
DRIF is an equal opportunity employer.
This position will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
At least three years’ experience in a non-profit fundraising organization
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Experience with philanthropy and/or institutional giving preferred
Ability to communicate and interact effectively with internal and external constituencies
Ability to establish priorities, handle overlapping timelines, and meet deadlines effectively and efficiently
Flexible, resourceful, and able to learn quickly
Professional and positive attitude
Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web browsers
High attention to detail and ability to interpret qualitative and quantitative data
Experience with prospect research preferred
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment
Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours, as needed
Physical ability to be on feet for extended periods of time (at events), stand, walk & carry items and be able to lift move light- to moderately heavy objects
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a midsize not-for-profit. Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.
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