Philanthropy Associate - Major Gifts, Full-Time, Days

Northwestern Medicine Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


  • Administers and coordinates assigned philanthropy projects supporting fundraising operations. Those projects might include, by way of example: budgets, resource allocation, information distribution, meeting facilitation, overall performance reporting

  • Administers and coordinates assigned philanthropy projects supporting donor development and donor relations (stewardship). Those projects might include, by way of example: donor acknowledgements, stewardship reports, cultivation events, research, gift reporting, meeting facilitation, donor analytics, overall performance reporting

  • Participates in activities to support philanthropy projects such as requirements analysis, resource identification, solution definition, white paper development, research, implementation/work plan development, design, system testing, training plans and rollout strategies; In partnership with a manager, director or vice president, utilizes project management tools to ensure accuracy for philanthropy project planning, procurement and budgeting

  • Participation in pager service program in support of donor relations initiatives

  • Represents and provides support for NMF at appropriate events related to donor cultivation, stewardship and fundraising activities. This includes interactions with various levels of donors and constituents, both internally and externally, and act as liaison between NMF and volunteer partners on event production and other needs

  • Researches and develops internal and external communications including presentations, speaking points, correspondence and other written materials

  • Prepares and/or executes effective and efficient communication mechanisms which enable continuous exchange of project status, ideas and information, project developments among team members, NM Executives (project sponsors); donors, volunteers, vendor partners and others as appropriate

  • Develops and maintains productive and professional relationships with donors, prospects, volunteers, vendors and team members, serving as a link between multiple parties and entities. Must be able to effectively handle or escalate problems that arise within the project team or issues with donors, and implement mitigation strategies as needed to achieve the desired results

  • Creates and executes project work plans, revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements

  • Responds to unanticipated complex issues and manages critical and confidential information

  • Will utilize meaningful metrics to assess outcomes and achieve goals

  • S/he will exemplify the NM values of patients first, integrity, excellence and teamwork

  • May work on additional projects as requested. Other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify, strategize, cultivate, solicit, close and steward major gifts of $50,000 and greater (including outright gifts, multi-year pledges and planned gifts) from current and prospective benefactors;

  • Maintain a portfolio of 75 to 100 qualified major gift prospects, comprised of current, lapsed and prospective donors;

  • Manage all prospects in portfolio to bring them closer to the organization and to encourage continued and increased giving;

  • Develop tailored prospect and donor-specific strategies and tactics to advance the philanthropic relationship and giving potential;

  • Partner with assigned physicians and staff to identify areas of funding need that are aligned with the interests of donors;

  • Work with Donor Development staff to create proposals for the solicitation of contributions;

  • Assist with the development and implementation of stewardship plans;

  • Track and manage information and strategies pertaining to prospects, including timely and accurate documentation of conversations and contacts with donors, prospects, physicians and staff in the organization's donor database.

  • Exhibit a passion for healthcare and the role philanthropy can play in advancing NM's mission;

  • Work within a metrics-based environment to assess successful goal achievement;

  • Exemplify the NM values of patients first, integrity, excellence and teamwork;

  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelors degree.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a fundraising, community outreach, healthcare or development position, preferably in a non-profit organization.

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Raisers Edge database.

  • Ability to organize and think independently with orientation to deadline and detail.

  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills, excellent oral and communication skills, demonstrated ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships with peers and constituents at all levels of the organization.

  • A high degree of professionalism, sensitivity and integrity.

  • The pace and diversity of this position requires an individual with strong intellectual curiosity, initiative, and highly effective listening and communication skills.

  • A proven ability to meet deadlines, communicate effectively, track details and demonstrate a high level of flexibility in a team environment.

  • Must be comfortable handling multiple projects, accurately setting priorities on a regular basis, thinking creatively and working as a collaborative team member.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to positively interact with a wide array of individuals and be comfortable developing personal relationships with donors.


  • Knowledge of major gift giving best practices

  • Prior healthcare of higher education fundraising experience

  • Public speaking and presentation skills

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