Identify, cultivate, and personally solicit donors to Thomas More University, primarily at the Leadership Gift levels of the President’s Society ($1,000+), Centennial Society ($1,921), and the Villa Madonna Society ($2,500-$5000). This position also serves as a member of the Annual Fund team, providing support to the University’s strategies for engaging donors through various mediums, including but not limited to digital fundraising efforts, direct mail, personal solicitations, and coordinating days of giving.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prepare proposals, reports and correspondence
Highly collaborative, enjoys working in a team environment to achieve collective goals and objectives
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
High degree of self-awareness, relational intuition, and discernment
Ability to think creatively and overcome barriers to developing relationships with unknown people.
Sensitivity to confidentiality, and appropriately handling personal and financial information
Ability to work effectively and autonomously, managing multiple projects concurrently
Ability to utilize various software and databases connected to university fundraising operations
- Manage all aspects of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of Leadership Giving and Annual Fund prospects
- Assist major gift program efforts by helping identify and initiate first engagement efforts with donors and prospects who are likely to the major gift team.
- Work with Advancement Services staff and other gift officers to identify prospects for cultivation
- Use available technology tools to identify and prioritize prospects
- Ensure that all contact reports and donor/prospect data is captured in the University’s donor management system (Bloomerang).
- Formulate plan to contact and solicit assigned prospects on a regular basis, track all contacts and share information. Some contacts will occur virtually, by phone, or in face-to-face visits
- Steward donors through gift delivery, thank you contacts, and other means
- Work together with other fundraising personnel to set and reach team and individual goals
- Serve as point person for assigned projects, which would primarily include follow-up contacts for events, mailings, or other specific fundraising projects, including but not limited to digital fundraising efforts, direct mail, personal solicitations, and coordinating days of giving
- Work with Vice President and Director of Annual Giving & Advancement Services to set direction, goals, and strategy for projects
- Work with project manager(s) to coordinate direct mail or other support needed to implement projects
- Prepare written and oral presentations and proposals as needed
- Travel as necessary to cultivate and solicit philanthropic gifts
- Generally support the University’s development program, including, but not limited to attendance at and help with fundraising, recognition, and alumni events
- Assist staff as needed with additional development initiatives and undertake special projects and assignments as directed
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested
- Must be self-motivated, proactive, and able to manage tasks with minimum supervision.
- Must communicate effectively and listen intently in order to build donor relationships. Writing ability is critical to the position.
- Must view fundraising as essential to the University’s mission.
- Maintain a broad knowledge of University events and goals.
- Maintain a working knowledge of computer software applications used in the Institutional Advancement office.
Education, Specialized and/or Technical Knowledge Requirements
A bachelor’s degree is required.
Minimum of three years demonstrated successful fundraising experience including personal gift solicitation is required. Transferable experience may be considered.
Experience with committee and volunteer management as well as prospect research is required.