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Philanthropy Officer in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 10/22/2018

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Job Description


The Support Services departments at BakerRipley work in partnership with all divisions to maintain, operate, and deliver services that help keep our region a place of opportunity for all.


The Philanthropy Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual gift prospects and donors with a giving capacity of $5,000 and above annually. The candidate will fulfill these responsibilities through research, planning and management of the process of acquiring, renewing and upgrading donors on an annual giving cycle. The ideal candidate will have had experience in reaching out and connecting with donors who have given generously but infrequently, is well versed in using social media for fundraising and is experienced in leveraging social networks across diverse communities. The candidate is also expected to be creative, work collaboratively and have a deep interest in the Houston community. This position reports to the Sr. Director of Fund Development and Engagement and serves as an integral member of the Development Department.


  • Plans and implements a comprehensive mid to major gift program that generates individual donors with the capacity to make gifts in the $5,000 (mid) and $10,000 (major) and over range
  • Plans the implementation of a comprehensive, multi-year Annual Giving program that generates individual donors and ongoing financial support
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits donors and prospects for major gifts utilizing written solicitations and phone follow-up, outreach events, face-to-face meetings, special events, and other methods
  • Designs and implements/manages comprehensive strategies to acquire, cultivate, solicit, steward, renew and upgrade individual donors
  • Conducts and manages strategic prospect and donor research
  • Evaluates various gift opportunities and giving vehicles and makes recommendations about the most suitable giving vehicles for a particular donor and/or group of donors
  • In coordination with the Vice President of Fund Development, other development personnel and senior management, identifies priorities for fundraising and formulates strategies for submitting proposals to major donors
  • In coordination with the Vice President of Fund Development, manages a portfolio of individual donors and prospects and manages individual donor campaigns, including pledge reminders, special appeals, and thank-you communications
  • Assists in the planning and execution of agency donor stewardship events and attends appropriate events in the community to facilitate contact with donor prospects and strengthen relationships within community of donors
  • Ensures timely recognition of individual donors through acknowledgement letters, donor recognition devices, naming opportunities, annual report, newsletters and other appropriate means
  • In coordination with the Manager of Donor Database, manages an accurate and timely record of donor contacts, requests, and results, as well as processes associated with gift acknowledgement and pledge processing, invoicing and payment within donor database
  • In coordination with the Manager of Annual Giving, determines giving status of existing annual donors and devises appropriate management strategies for increased giving
  • Establishes individual giving budget goals in coordination with Vice President of Fund Development, Sr. Director of Development and Engagement and develops strategies to reach them
  • Prepares annual individual giving development plan to corresponding budget outlining revenue and expenses; monitors progress against goals and produces monthly reports
  • Other duties as assigned


Experience in use of social media for fundraising purposes Experience in innovative fundraising approaches, which may include experience in political fundraising or in an academic setting that required connecting with large number of alumni from numerous graduating classes

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree required.


Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible fundraising and organizational experience within a multifaceted charitable institutional environment.


  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing major gifts from individuals
  • Working knowledge of latest technology and social media techniques to connect with large numbers of existing donors and potential new donors
  • Demonstrated success in annual fundraising campaigns, methods, and techniques
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member and manager of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff, volunteers and donors
  • Strong knowledge of principles, ethics and practices of successful fundraising concepts, and appropriate solicitation techniques, including planned giving
  • Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines; ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work; ability to work unsupervised and make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively and creatively
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities; ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing
  • Ability to manage and share pertinent information with staff and Board
  • Ability to interact with diplomacy and tact amid influential clients and diverse groups
  • Goal-oriented, strategic, persistent and persuasive in the contact, follow-through and completion of acquiring donor gifts
  • Thorough, organized and detail-oriented approach to work
  • Understands the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and donor information, and maintains high level of confidentiality


Microsoft Suite (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)