Philanthropy Manager

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Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading local hunger-relief organization in the state with locations in Milwaukee and Appleton. Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. Driven by our mission to solve hunger and our vision of a hunger-free Wisconsin, we are bringing more people together around the table to collaboratively address the root causes of hunger. Together with our network partners, we serve nearly half a million food-insecure people across 35 counties in eastern Wisconsin each year.


The Philanthropy Manager, Southeast Wisconsin is responsible for the oversight, relationship development, and solicitation of major donors and prospects living in southeastern Wisconsin with the capacity to make $5,000+ gifts in support of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. This position manages relationships with donors and prospects, including identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.


  • Maintain a portfolio of 125 – 150 major individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects by proactively creating and implementing strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors with the capacity to make gifts of $5,000+ to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
  • Create and execute a personal fundraising plan for donors and prospects in their portfolio and refresh annually.
    • Develop customized strategies and moves management plans for donors and prospects in portfolio.
    • Incorporate planned giving asks into the overall strategy for individual donors.
  • Engage donors in meetings, with an expectation to hold 10-15 donor meetings monthly in person and/or via phone/video conference.
  • Write customized proposals, presentations, and stewardship reports for major donors.
  • Plan strategy and capture notes and next steps in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Meet regularly with Director of Philanthropy to assess plans, review strategies and track progress.
  • Contribute to the development of donor solicitation and marketing materials.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization through public speaking, networking events, check presentations, and donor meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to understand and support FAEW’s mission, vision, and effective actions to end food insecurity and its causes.
  • Respect for the  people FAEW serves.
  • A minimum four years of experience in a nonprofit environment, specifically with experience in personal solicitations and/or direct involvement with annual fundraising, preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in securing major gift fundraising and developing strong relationships with donors.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue-related goals.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to set own priorities and work independently while also being a part of a larger team.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferred.
  • CFRE and membership in AFP a plus.
  • Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and fundraising database experience (e.g., Raiser’s Edge NXT) is preferred.
  • Ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs and willingness to be understanding and open-minded to differing opinions and views.
  • Valid WI driver’s license, good driving record, and meet state required automobile insurance minimums.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and/or hear, and/or use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand, and/or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds while moving files or small packages. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.


Work is performed in an office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounter while performing the essential functions of this position.


The ability to work from home is a flexible work arrangement that Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (FAEW) offers to enable employees to achieve a more successful balance between work responsibilities and family life. FAEW may offer this option to employees when it benefits both the organization and the employee. However, our FAEW facilities serve as a critical hub for collaboration and, while we want to embrace flexibility, the need to be in the office or out in the field and working on projects or networking through natural camaraderie, will be expected. This position does have the capacity to work from home in our hybrid work from home model, which is generally 3-4 days on-site and 1-2 days remote.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. is committed to fostering diversity in our workplace. FAEW does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical disability, mental disability, or veteran status. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Salary Description: $70,000 -$80,000

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