Foundation Director

Ascension Wisconsin Foundation

Why Join Our Team? 

For over 170 years, Ascension Wisconsin has been providing rewarding career opportunities at hospital campuses and related healthcare facilities from Racine to the Fox Valley. Nearly 20,000 Ascension Wisconsin associates currently serve at our locations throughout Wisconsin. We provide generous paid time off for work-life balance, a collaborative work environment, professional development opportunities, and more to help our associates flourish personally and professionally. If you are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare, we invite you to apply today.

When you join Ascension, you join a team of over 150,000 individuals across the country committed to a Mission of serving others and providing compassionate, personalized care to all. Our inclusive culture, continuing education programs, career coaches and benefit offerings are just a few of the resources and tools that team members can use to create a rewarding career path. In fact, Ascension spent nearly $46 million in tuition assistance alone to support associate growth and development. If you are looking for a career where you can grow and make a difference in your community, we invite you to join our team today.

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Ascension Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and affords equal opportunity to all associates and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

Position Details

Foundation Director
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

The Ascension Wisconsin Foundation is growing, and hiring a Foundation Director. 

The Foundation Director is responsible for planning, coordinating and assuring the implementation of strategies to develop donors, funding and contributions to support the organization. This position has direct impact on the organization’s reputation among donors, community, and patients, as well as direct impact on Ascension Wisconsin’s financial and operational performance.

Essential functions and core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain accountability to ensure annual fundraising and strategic goals are met.
  • Monitor fundraising progress, and create action plans as needed. 
  • Oversee a personal portfolio of 100-150 donors and prospects to cultivate major gifts totalling a minimum of $500,000 annually. 
  • Lead and mentor Major Gift Officers (MGO) to develop and execute annual and multi-year major gifts (gifts over $5,000) totaling a minimum of $250,000 annually per MGO. 
  • Partner with MGOs to develop each step of the donor pipeline including: identification, qualification, cultivation, request for support, follow up, stewardship and recognition. 
  • Develop individual donor strategies and goals to renew and upgrade donor gifts. 
  • Partner with Foundation Communications team to identify and develop donor collateral and materials. 
  • Collaborate with department and program teams to enhance relationships and create greater fundraising and outreach possibilities. 
  • Conduct and lead department portfolio review process and be a partner in maintaining an organized and accurate donor database by tracking donor contacts and updating donor information as appropriate. 
  • Manage and review monthly reports that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance. 
  • Participate in community relations activities to promote positive community relationships that fulfill the Ascension mission. 
  • Build relationships and work in partnership with hospital leaders and key stakeholders (board members, volunteers, etc.). 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Foundation President.

Basic Job Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • Minimum of five years fundraising and two years of leadership experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience, success and progressive responsibility in major gifts fundraising with a minimum of three years experience. 
  • Experience in leading and motivating a team of direct reports to achieve goals. 
  • Ability to set goals strategically and oversee execution. 
  • High level of discretion and ethical approach to fundraising. 
  • Proven ability to interact and influence philanthropic leaders. 
  • Experience motivating and managing high-profile volunteer leadership and senior executives. 
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with various internal and external constituents. 
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills. 
  • Proficiency in donor database (Raiser’s Edge/NXT preferred), G-Suite, and other computer skills as required. 
  • Valid driver's license and insurance for out-of-office travel as required by the position.

Ascension is dedicated to ensuring our associates and their families are supported financially, mentally, physically and emotionally. Ascension benefits include individual and family-focused benefits with a wide range of customizable and affordable options designed to protect your health, income and well-being in whatever stage of life you’re in.

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