Regional Donor Advisor

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States

Company: LSS

Category: Community and Social Service Occupations

Published on 2021-10-21 19:13:19

Job Details


Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI, a private nonprofit (503c) human service organization is seeking a Regional Donor Advisor to join the growing fundraising team! We are looking for a seasoned and dynamic professional who is passionate about impacting the lives of people throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Your work of developing gifts and legacies that support the mission of Lutheran Social Services will directly impact its ability to continue programming like Public Adoption, Refugee Resettlement, Housing for the Homeless, Senior Living, and more! The position can be based out of one of the following LSS HUB office in Wisconsin; West Allis, Eau Claire, Madison, Baraboo, or Appleton.

 The position of Regional Donor Advisor provides leadership in support of the philanthropic efforts of LSS by securing unrestricted gifts through identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors. Reporting to the Vice President-Fundraising and in partnership with colleagues, this critical role establishes clear action plans, goals, priorities and accountabilities to retain existing donors while helping to expand the base of supporters. The position manages a portfolio of approximately 150 assigned and qualified donors including individuals, family foundations, community foundations and corporations that have a capacity and inclination to make a gift of $10,000 or more to support a wide range of agency initiatives.

As a key member of the advancement team supporting the LSS operations and LSS Foundation functions, this position creates donor engagement through communications that result in high level, meaningful stewardship for the organizations’ major donor communities in their portfolio that demonstrates the impact of giving to LSS and instills confidence that gifts are used according to donor wishes. This strategic and creative role works closely with all areas within the advancement team, as well other departments across LSS programs operating their assigned region. The Advisor plans and manages cultivation strategies to engage and build new funding partnerships and maintain existing ones. The incumbent will operate in a team-oriented department with colleagues based throughout our two-state reach. A high degree of judgement, initiative, confidentiality and integrity are core characteristics of the successful individual along with the ability to adhere to policies and guidelines.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

Maintain a portfolio of approximately 150 primary prospects. Specific areas of focus include donor retention and upgrading existing donors. Responsible for all aspects of the gift cycle in the portfolio including: Initiate contacts with current and potential gift donors.Develop appropriate cultivation strategies and move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.Make solicitations when appropriate.Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude; and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors. Timely completion of contact reports and notes that demonstrate movement to a gifts and effective stewardship. Participate fully in a Moves Management Program to stay connected with and build relationships with donors and prospects. Work collaboratively with colleagues for donor stewardship and solicitation. Offer prospect strategy counsel to local program staff who may be working directly with donors. Be a general fund raising resource for LSS staff in the region Focus on securing unrestricted support for LSS and the LSS Foundation. Develop proposals and impact reports for major gifts, foundation and corporate prospects as required for the solicitation and stewardship process. Identify, evaluate and recommend current and potential major gift prospects and assess their ability to financially support the organization and LSS ministry initiatives. Provide research and analysis of biographical, philanthropic, professional and financial information of donors and prospects. Prepare qualified lists and written profiles to support the cultivation of individuals. Under guidance from the Director of Communications, create donor-centric messages and communications that lead to retained and new gifts. Create timely contact reports for analysis and reporting for internal department meetings and submission to the Board of Directors.


Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care Mileage reimbursement Paid Time Off 10 Paid Holidays Ability to Contribute to 403B Employee Assistance Program Service Awards and Recognition


Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Non-Profit Management or related degree required. A minimum of 5 years’ related experience; successful experience in direct donor solicitation resulting in regular 5 and 6 figure gifts. A passion for human services is required. Demonstrated writing prowess with a strong emphasis on emotional appeal and storytelling. Hands-on experience with a contact management system; Raiser’s Edge/NXT preferred. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organizational skills. Ability to relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people, and build networks inside and outside of the organization. Ability to qualify a portfolio of donors that represent the highest giving potential. Ability to create reasonable financial goals for each donor, based on the donor’s giving history and potential of future gifts. Ability to create a personal contact and solicitation plan that takes into account the individual donor’s interest, motivations, giving patterns and ask preferences. Ability to secure project and organization information and create and write effective offers, proposals and asks. Ability to secure information that can be sent back to donors to report on how their money was used. Ability to manage schedule, process, and deadlines while adhering to the policies and procedures of LSS. Able to work independently, exercising sound judgement with integrity and maintain confidentiality of donor information. Willingness to take on new challenges with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm, while also able to rebound quickly from setbacks and adversity. Able to persuade others and use compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.


Must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential preferred.


Ability to communicate both in verbal and written format, effectively and efficiently in job.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills is required, as is ease with connecting with people and engaging in conversation. Experience in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies preferred.


Knowledge of contact management system required; Raiser’s Edge/NXT preferred. Moderate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Additional knowledge of computers to allow employee to access computer systems and applications to complete timecards, read and respond to email, and complete required on-line training.


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

TRAVEL: This position requires daily travel, as well as regional/state travel 60% of the time. Some statewide and overnight travel is required.

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Travel Required

Yes. Regional/State Travel 60% of the time. Some overnights.









Bachelor Degree or better in Administration / Business.



5 years: Fundraising or related experience

Licenses & Certifications


Driver's License


Cert. Fundraising Prof

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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