Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Spotlight Preferred Diversity Focus
29 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
$75,000.00 - $75,000.00
Min Experience
3-5 Years
Min Education
Required Travel
Salary - Type
Yearly Salary
Job Function
Development/Fundraising/Grant Writing/Event Planning


The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin seeks a skilled major gift officer to help achieve our major gift fundraising goals. As part of the fundraising team, this position is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of 100+ donors/prospects. We are looking for candidates who are skilled at building strategic relationships, utilizing prospect research tools, and have experience with moves management planning. Candidates who are expert listeners and have a genuine curiosity regarding donors’ life experiences will excel in this position. 

This position has the flexibility to be up to 90% remote; however, the candidate must live in Wisconsin (preferably in the southern half of the state). Initially the candidate will need to spend up to two days each week in the office for onboarding, gradually decreasing the required time in the office to twice a month for in-person staff and fundraising team meetings.

The starting salary for this position is a minimum of $75,000.00, commensurate with experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Donor Solicitation, Cultivation, & Stewardship (80%)
    • Manage a portfolio of over 100+ donors/prospects.
    • Conduct research on existing NRF, and new individual, and private/family foundation donors.
    • Arrange and attend donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation visits (donor prospects primarily located across southern Wisconsin with some located in the Chicago region).
    • Solicit donors via written communications and personal visits (face to face and/or Zoom) for general operational, programmatic, endowed, and, if appropriate, planned gifts.
    • Donor stewardship activities: thank you calls, writing personal thank you notes, and sending gift impact reports and updates to donors.
    • Work with NRF board members and leadership team to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives.
    • Support donor stewardship on field trips and fundraising/outreach events by writing select donor biographies.
  • Technical Skills: (15%)
    • Track and assess major gift fundraising metrics.
    • Update and maintain donor database records and files
    • Utilize wealth screening tools.
    • Understand and use moves management process.
  • Other duties as assigned (5%)


Minimum Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of major gift/planned giving experience
  • Demonstrated ability to secure individual and major gifts. 
  • Eligible to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship).

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Experience: 

  • Knowledge of, and adherence to, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards and Donor Bill of Rights. CFRE certification a plus.
  • Thorough background in fundraising best practices.
  • Ability to connect donors’ values and passions to NRF’s mission.
  • Experience with databases for managing donor and solicitation records.
  • Commitment to NRF’s mission, work culture, and standards of practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Interested in working with ethnically and culturally diverse people.
Job ID: 73653578

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