Major Gift Director - Healthcare Philanthropy

Medical College of Wisconsin

In partnership with donors and community leaders, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for meeting the strategic philanthropic priorities of MCW and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Together, MCW and Froedtert Hospital are engaged in an unprecedented philanthropic campaign addressing our most urgent priorities: Accelerating Research and Advancing Patient Care, Driving Health and Vitality with Our Community, Transforming Healthcare Education, and Leading the Way in Cancer Research and Care. As a member of one of the leading development teams in the state, you can have an impact on our vision to redefine health beyond healthcare and help us transform Hope into Health for patients and families.

Position Details

Major Gift Director - Healthcare Philanthropy
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

The Major Gifts Director will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects. Works closely with faculty, community leaders, senior administrators, and volunteers, the Major Gifts Director secures leadership commitments at the $50,000+ level in support of research, education and patient care initiatives supporting Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Hospital Foundation and the Medical College of Wisconsin programs. The position will have responsibility for the Froedtert Foundation relationships and Grateful Patient program, with a key focus on building our Grateful Patient experience. This role will actively lead the development and implementation of a collaborative and integrated grateful hospital staff and patient program.

Primary Functions:

  • Understand the mission and philanthropic priorities of Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Hospital Foundation and the Medical College of Wisconsin and works collaboratively across the organizations and departments to build on our collective success.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the strategic clinical and research, education, alumni relations, and patient care priorities, as well as specific clinical department priorities and needs. 
  • Actively lead and manage the grateful hospital staff and patient program, developing, implementing and executing approved strategies. This includes facilitating appropriate interactions between clinicians and potential donors in order to cultivate and secure financial gifts aligned with the donors’ intents and with the institution’s mission. 
  • Build and strategically steward and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors with the capacity to contribute major gifts. 
  • Develop giving opportunities aligned to donor interests and the strategic priorities of Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Hospital Foundation and the Medical College of WI. 
  • Creatively develop and implement innovative strategies for the successful solicitation of gifts. 
  • Utilizing predictive analytics and prospect research resources, assess prospects, develop and execute strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of prospects to achieve individual and departmental goals. 
  • Ability to raise donor sights, articulate aspirational goals and ideas, set priorities, present philanthropic opportunities, and close gifts. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with boards, clinical department leaders, faculty, staff, and volunteers associated with his/her portfolios/programs; meet with colleagues across campus to coordinate and execute strategies, utilizing experience and knowledge to build consensus. 
  • Make persuasive verbal and written cases for supporting these key priorities, effectively matching the interests of prospects to specific projects and programs needing support and ensure effective stewardship of donor relationships. 
  • Understanding of the complex principles and techniques associated with planned giving and estate gifts; work collaboratively with Planned Giving colleagues to close planned gifts. 
  • Participate in advancement activities and events, including dinners, receptions, and other fundraising initiatives. 
  • Responsibility for continual review and overall accuracy of his/her portfolio in database software. 
  • Record proposals and actions about prospects and donors in a timely fashion in the database. 
  • Accountable to annual individual performance goal metrics as well as strategic goals and objectives of department. 
  • Prepare and work within the division budget and monitor resources and expenditures under the span of control.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities:

  • Organized professional and with entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Superior interpersonal and collaborative relationship skills, with demonstrated verbal presentation experience and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work across a complex organization and provide highly visible inspired leadership.
  • Professional credibility and decision-making integrity to gain the trust of key constituents and leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all constituencies, fostering inclusiveness and diversity of ideas.
  • Ability to work independently and thrive in a fast-paced deadline-oriented team environment.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment and embrace challenges.
  • Demonstrated analytic and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Experience with fundraising database software and Microsoft office, including excel.
  • A highly developed ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information related to both alumni and donors, as well as employees.

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