The University of Minnesota Foundation is a key partner with the University in building and sustaining excellence among students and faculty, and fueling discovery in important areas. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising gifts and other private resources, investing and managing endowed funds for long term growth, and stewarding gifts to ensure they are used as donors intend. For more information, visit www.give.umn.edu.
This position is responsible for securing significant philanthropic support for cancer research and care priorities of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota within the Academic Health Center, and department focused cancer initiatives with the U of M Medical School. As a member of the Cancer team, this individual is responsible for managing a portfolio to qualify, cultivate, and solicit major and principal gifts in support of education, research, and clinical care. Major and principal gift prospects primarily include individuals, foundations, and corporations and/or businesses.
• Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors with a specific focus on major and principal gift prospects in priority areas of cancer. Take timely and strategic steps in moving prospects along the development continuum of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
• Build and independently manage a portfolio at or near 100 major gifts prospects (giving capacity of $50,000 and above). Work with Foundation development research to identify potential major and principal gift prospects.
• Manage and lead specific fundraising projects and meetings pertaining to areas of focus. Provide training and mentoring to junior team members.
• Serve as a member of the overall development team by collaborating with colleagues across disciplines on donor strategies, maintaining timely, accurate reports and information. Assist in maintaining prospect tracking information in donor databases employing discretion while recording information of relevance to appropriate individuals.
• Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Masonic Cancer Center, the Medical School, and related department vision and philanthropic priorities to effectively and compellingly present its case to prospects and donors.
• Work closely with Cancer leadership to identify priorities and opportunities for major and principal gift opportunities.
• Working in conjunction with UMF central services staff, initiate and oversee the development of proposals, reports, and written material in support of specific major gift fundraising initiatives. Work with faculty and administration as necessary to inform donor strategies and collateral.
• Clears and coordinates prospective donors with University leadership and through the University of Minnesota Foundation’s procedures prior to direct contact to ensure effective solicitation of the donor staff that maximizes the gift to the University and the donor's satisfaction with the institution.
• Utilize various giving methods such as current, deferred giving, and non-cash gifts. Working with Foundation gift planning on prospect strategy, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
• Recruit, organize, train and work with volunteers as needed in support of fundraising and closely related activities.
• Develop an annual plan of work, including specific fundraising, prospect development and programmatic goals with an emphasis on achieving established standards and metrics. Prepare reports and other required information as requested.
• Attend University, Masonic Cancer Center, UMF events, and external functions as recommended.
• Accept and implement other specific assignments as directed.
• Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends, as necessary.
• Must have access to reliable transportation as this position requires regular travel on behalf of the Foundation.