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Donor Development Specialist

Great Rivers United Way, Inc.
Onalaska, WI

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Associate Degree

Published on 18 Feb 2022

Expires on 18 Feb 2022

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Donor Development Specialist

Job Summary

Key team member of the Development department who focuses on building and maintaining donor relationships throughout a 7-county region.  This position will be responsible for creating corporate and individual relationships with the goal of raising donations.  Emphasis for this role is to relate well to people in general, but also be comfortable talking with business owners and top management of organizations.  Public speaking is a big part of this position as well as excellent communication skills overall.  Must enjoy and excel at interpersonal interaction.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Using an existing potential donor list, both businesses and individuals, create and implement communication strategies to increase donations and acquire new donors. 
  • Monitor relationship, cultivating year-round and using a CRM tool to track donor contacts.  Managing accounts in all areas, such as development of online pledge forms, campaign material delivery and results tracking
  • Activities assigned with this position include company research and reach out
  • Coordinating Community Impact tours
  • Sponsorship acquisition
  • Special event planning
  • Coordination of Affinity groups


Job Qualifications

Minimum Education

Associates Degree in Communication, Sales/Marketing/, or Business with at least 2-3 years of similar experience. 

Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Sales/Marketing, or Business with less than 2 years of experience.


Minimum Experience – Depending on education level, 1-3 years in the following similar experiences: account or project management, relationship management, customer service, sales or fundraising.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Required – knowledge of people and interpersonal relationships

Preferred – knowledge of fund development practices



Required – Advanced language and communication skills

Preferred – Negotiation and “deal closing” skills


Computer Skills

Required – Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and database usage experience



Required - Ability to speak effectively in front of large and small groups, ability to initiate new relationships


Application Deadline:  February 18, 2022


A letter of interest and resume is required for all applicants and can be sent to:

Mail:   GRUW- Human Resources             

1855 East Main Street                                 

Onalaska, WI  54650


OR email:


Great Rivers United Way is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires and respects all individuals.