Philanthropy Engagement Officer at FOCUS - Fellowship of Catholic University Students

FOCUS - Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Philanthropy Engagement Officer

Mission Development Department

Location: Golden, CO or Remote

  • Encounter something more here. At FOCUS, our motivation is to reach every person with the message of Truth to change their lives and those around them.
  • At our conferences and events, our specialty is to bring seekers together and offer extraordinary experiences of encounter with the Gospel of Jesus and the Catholic faith.
  • FOCUS has an immediate opening for an entrepreneur-minded individual on fire their faith and with a passion for philanthropy to help build a new giving program focused on increasing the number of FOCUS contributors to the mission, and helping to identify Major and Planned gift opportunities.
  • The Philanthropy Engagement Officer will focus on inviting benefactors to join us on a mission through cultivation, stewardship, and gift request activities engaging benefactors by phone, at events, and in-person through local one on one meetings as needed.

Position Responsibilities

Portfolio Management (approximately 65%)

  • Manage a robust portfolio of 350+ benefactors and prospects with an annual giving interest and capacity of $500-$5,000.
  • Contribute to the development and growth of Philanthropy Engagement Program by implementing and reporting on activities and strategies aimed to increase the number of annual contributors and contributions
  • Develop and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies
  • Make renewal solicitations, new solicitations and additional gift requests
  • Invite benefactors closer to the mission and care for them as the move through contribution opportunities with FOCUS.
  • Work with supervisor and team members to master and apply the principles of integrated fundraising strategies, drivers of giving, benefactor retention, great stewardship and giving cycles.
  • Effectively and consistently reach out to benefactors via phone, email and personal visits to advance their affinity for and support of FOCUS.
  • Consistently record all benefactor contacts and provide weekly updates to the team.

Special Event Programs (approximately 10%)

  • Proactively participate in and support FOCUS opportunities that engage benefactors.
  • Collaborate with other FOCUS teams to identify and qualify new opportunities within their portfolios.
  • Represent FOCUS at Catholic and related meetings/events.

Comprehensive Stewardship (approximately 25%)

  • Contribute to the development of a quality, integrated stewardship program.
  • Working across teams to build annual timelines, goals and strategies for a stewardship program.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • 2+ years of demonstrated fundraising or mission support experience and interest in mastering the fundamentals and principles of fundraising practice.
  • Fearlessness commitment and demonstrated skill in calling benefactors, inviting benefactors to increase support, securing meetings, and soliciting gifts.
  • Interest, and preferably experience, in Catholic evangelization, and a dedication to promoting FOCUS’ mission and resource priorities.
  • Your communication, interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving and professional skills will be vital for your success in this role.
  • You demonstrate perseverance, optimism and a positive attitude when working with benefactors and colleagues.

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