Donor Relations Manager

Lutheran Indian Ministries
Brookfield, WI

The Mission of Lutheran Indian Ministries:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Native Peoples
  • Discipling them so that they are equipped to share their faith with their Native brothers and sisters
  • Facilitating programs that address Native American social sufferings and historic trauma in a way that values their Native culture; helping them to heal and ultimately flourish

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Development Department and the coordination and implement of strategies for major gift development.
  • Prepare and implement an annual plan in consultation with the Executive Director and CFO that includes annual goals and objectives for each area of responsibility.
  • Prepare monthly reports that includes outcomes, numbers, and forms of contact, and draft report section for Board report.
  • Prepare and provide research support services regarding donors and prospects to increase private philanthropic gifts, including developing annual targets/goals for prospect cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation as well as the development of annual revenue goals.
  • Design solicitation and communication strategies for each major gift prospect and systematically implement these strategies. Uses data to analyze donor patterns and develops engagement strategies specific to each group.  Uses date to make decisions/improvements and tracks outcomes.
  • Facilitate the planning and tracking of relationships with major gift prospects and oversee each prospect portfolio and record of visits in the development database (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Prepare proposals and plan direct face-to-face communication and solicitation of major gifts from donor prospects or their representatives.
  • Provide general research and assistance with the coordination of gift solicitations by teams of individuals, including the Executive Director, other development staff, Ministry staff, members of the Board of Directors, and/or other volunteers.
  • Coordinate and assist in providing support for the representation of the organization at local congregations, church conferences, conventions and/or assemblies, and other Ministry-related meetings and events.
  • Assist in data entry and information systems management through Raiser’s Edge to maintain accurate and up to date sources of donor and prospective donor information.


  • Attend and participate in appropriate meetings of the organization as agreed upon with leadership.


An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.


Lutheran Indian Ministries Competencies:

  • Must be an exceptional written and verbal communicator.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to multi-task and remain focused while juggling several diverse projects at once.
  • Must be willing to work in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Must have a heart for outreach and a passion for Native people.
  • Must understand, uphold and be sensitive to Lutheran Theology and traditions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires education generally equivalent to bachelor’s degree in Sales, Communications, Philanthropy, or related field.
  • Requires 5-8 years of related fundraising experience.
  • Requires experience with development and prospect research.
  • Self-starter who can work independently.
  • Strong sales skills and approach when communicating with donors or prospective donors.
  • Requires excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate with team members, clients, and the general public.
  • Requires a high level of organization, confidentiality, and attention to detail.
  • Requires the ability to use a computer and computer programs, including Office 365.
  • Requires knowledge of and the ability to use a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Requires the ability to travel (via car and airplane) to various donors throughout the United States, as needed.

Physical and Mental Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Working Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


NOTE:  REMOTE work may be considered for this position.