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Philanthropic Gifts Officer

WNIT Public Television seeks a Philanthropic Gifts Officer to secure large financial gifts of $500 and up for the organization by developing strategy and managing all aspects of major, planned and capital giving through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of existing and prospective donors. College degree preferred with 5-8 years of fundraising experience. Will consider both full and part-time applicants for this position; please specify on your cover letter. Full description of qualifications and duties below.

Apply by sending a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: WNIT Public Television, Attn: Steve Funk, Search Committee, PO Box 7034, South Bend, IN 46634-7034 or email maupperle@wnit.org. Please mention where you saw this position posted. EOE

Job Summary

Secure large financial gifts of $500 and up for the organization by developing strategy and managing all aspects of major, planned and capital giving through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of existing and prospective donors.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage a current donor portfolio of $150-200,000 to long-term and sustained growth.
  • Create and implement individual, private foundation, and corporate major gifts and planned gift strategies in collaboration with the Vice President of Development.
  • Act as primary relationship manager with assigned lead donors in WNIT’s “Directors Circle” category.
  • Manage relationship process for individual, private foundation, and corporate major donors including prospect development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Utilize Wealth Engine (donor prospect tool) and Allegiance (database management) to track donor potential and history.
  • Plan and implement funding campaigns, events and activities for major gift donors
  • Establish relationships with estate planners and financial representatives.
  • Identify and cultivate donors capable of higher giving levels, moving mid-level gifts to major gifts.
  • Plan and execute major gift materials, including proposals, stewardship materials, events and recognition.
  • Monitor weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual activity to achieve revenue goals.
  • Report relationship management activity using constituent management system (Allegiance) including identification, qualification, cultivation activity, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current major donors.
  • Maintain a regular presence in the viewing area at events and activities, with an emphasis on those where donors and prospective donors area available for stewardship and networking.
  • Manage special projects, including Neighborhood Assistance Program Credits, Give Local campaign and Capital Projects.
  • Assist with other responsibilities as assigned

Education: College degree preferred or equivalent experience. CFRE designation desireable.

Skills and Experience: 5-8 years fundraising experience. Knowledge of trends in major giving. Familiarity with local/regional donors, with an emphasis on St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties, and foundations. Strong oral and written communication skills desired. Ability to serve as ambassador of the station to communicate with all levels of donors and prospects. Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment. Demonstrated ability to work calmly and effectively under stressful fundraising situations and tight deadlines. Ability to work well with colleagues, vendors and outside organizations. History of working collaboratively with President and Vice President of Development to involve these individuals in donor cultivation, stewardship and solicitation where appropriate. Ability to work collaboratively with a Development Committee of the Board of Directors. Must possess a valid drivers license and proof of insurance. Use of personal vehicle is required and will be reimbursed at standard company rate.

Classification: Full or part-time, Non-Exempt