Donor Communications and Events Manager

Urban Ecology Center

At the Urban Ecology Center, our vision is to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding, and respect. We restore hope and heal our urban natural world, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Position Details

Donor Communications and Events Manager
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

We are excited to offer a rare opportunity to join our Development team! The Donor Communications and Events Manager is a full time position responsible for building strong, meaningful, and successful relationships with current and prospective individual donors to the Urban Ecology Center. This position will focus on designing and coordinating comprehensive donor relations strategies aimed at cultivating existing and prospective individual donors. They work as part of a team of fundraisers, together with the Corporate and Foundation Relations Managers, Membership & Development Systems Manager, the Director of Development and the Executive Director to achieve stated revenue goals. Responsibilities of this position include: developing solicitation strategies, directing donor solicitations including print and online appeals, creating and executing fundraising events and implementing creative donor stewardship plans.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Donor Communications and Events Manager is responsible for working with the Center's diverse donor community and prospect pool. This position will focus on designing, planning, and implementing a comprehensive, strategic individual gifts program. The Donor Communications and Events Manager will implement initiatives designed to support the Urban Ecology Center through strategic events and an individual giving program.

The priority for this position is to grow support through annual appeals and fundraising events. Reporting to Director of Development and working as part of a fundraising team with the Executive Director, Director of Development, and Board Directors who collectively raise funds to support both operations and capital projects.

  • Manage identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to meet annual individual giving and event revenue goal for operations and special initiatives. 
  • In partnership with the Director of Development, devise a strategic fundraising plan including the creation of individualized donor plans for current donors and prospects, which will include personal visits, written communication, volunteer/board contacts, and event attendance. 
  • Create fundraising goals and develop metrics to measure success, in order to achieve annual revenue targets. 
  • Create and manage timelines to ensure strategic plans and critical processes are effectively carried out in a timely manner. 
  • Lead the planning and execution of the UEC’s fundraising events, which currently include one summer gala and one fall fundraising hike focused on peer-to-peer fundraising. 
  • Ensure accurate and timely tracking of donor records using Altru, a Blackbaud product. Utilize the database to maintain and disseminate needed information for relationship building, research, solicitation, and stewardship. 
  • Manage annual appeal campaigns including drafting print and online solicitations, segmenting donor lists, and coordinating mailings. 
  • Maintain ongoing communication with donors through the creation and implementation of a donor communications/reporting system that includes both impact/evaluation as well as financial reports. 
  • Design and implement donor recognition efforts. 
  • Support the Urban Ecology Center’s Board of Directors, as they carry out donor-related initiatives and fundraising efforts. Empower and guide Board directors in outreach, cultivation, and stewardship of existing donors, as well as growing the pipeline of new donors. 
  • Develop and coordinate donor benefit events with support from development staff that advance individual donor involvement, cultivation, and stewardship. Serve as a Development representative at Urban Ecology Center events and programs as needed. 
  • Assist with capital campaign efforts as required. 
  • Participate in various board and committee meetings as requested. 
  • Increase Urban Ecology Center's visibility in the community by attending community events. Additional duties may be assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; additional training and certification preferred 
  • Minimum of 3-5+ years of direct development or transferable experience required 
  • A solid understanding, and evidence of successful implementation, of fundraising principles is required 
  • Excellent writing skills, with experience in using industry best practices for appeal creation and communication 
  • Proven success in direct, personal donor solicitation is preferred 
  • Event planning and management experience 
  • Demonstrated experience working with a board and fundraising committees, demonstrated presentation and public speaking skills and the ability to network.

Skills and Abilities:

  • A proven track record of relationship building 
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with good attention to detail 
  • Must be adept at soliciting gifts through traditional and/or customized strategies and must be adept at developing relationships with prospects new to the organization 
  • Ability to present UEC to the donor community in person and on the phone, in a gracious and professional manner 
  • Ability to self-motivate, take initiative, strategize, and close while demonstrating a high level of integrity and diplomacy 
  • Ability to work well with other UEC staff members 
  • Data entry and well-developed computer skills, including experience with Raiser’s Edge 7, Altru, or similiar database solution. 
  • Affinity with the overall mission of the Urban Ecology Center

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