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Donor Stewardship Officer, Donor Relations

Company: Rotary
Location: Evanston
Posted on: May 9, 2020

Job Description:


Job Title: Donor Stewardship Officer, Donor Relations

Area: Donor Services and Support - Polio and Philanthropy

Reports to: Manager of Donor Relations

Classification: Exempt

Organization Overview

Rotary unites people from all continents and cultures who take action to deliver real, long-term solutions to pressing issues facing our communities. Each year, Rotary members invest more than $200 million and 16 million volunteer hours to improve lives and create positive change in the world. In exchange for hard work and dedication in support of Rotarys clubs and humanitarian initiatives, our employees receive competitive salaries, flexible schedules, comprehensive benefits, and job enrichment. To learn more, visit http://www.rotary.org.

Rotarys Commitment to Diversity

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

General Overview

This position leads our donor stewardship communication program. In this role, you will be the primary author of various communications with the goal of engaging and thanking donors while sharing the impact of their investment in The Rotary Foundation. Using excellent communication skills and a detailed approach, you will spearhead a coordinated communication plan for Rotarys top-tier and principal gift donors. You will also oversee our customized stewardship plans and manage the process for reporting to all endowed fund and directed gift donors.

You Will Have




  • Bachelors degree, with a preference for a degree in English, Creative Writing or Journalism

  • An advanced degree, a plus

  • Minimum of 4-years of nonprofit experience in development or communications; prior donor relations or donor communications experience strongly preferred

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with experience in print, digital and script writing

  • High attention to detail and commitment to accuracy

  • Computer literacy; proficient in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and InDesign

  • Fluency in a second language, a plus


    You Are Good At




    • Being a self-starter and highly organized

    • Being a skilled storyteller and able to write quickly and to diverse audiences, transforming technical information into captivating and inspiring stories

    • Working well independently and collaboratively in a team

    • Managing and prioritizing multiple projects from inception to completion to reach goals on time

    • Cross-cultural competencies and able to effectively work with a global audience and team

    • Maintaining strong interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor


      You Will Be Responsible For

      Donor Communications Program

      You will be responsible for the general oversight and composition of donor stewardship reporting and customized stewardship plans; ensuring high-quality content and timely communication to donors. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:


      • Supervise Donor Stewardship Specialist role

      • Oversee the donor stewardship communications program, calendar and messaging

      • Liaison between Fund Development, Gift Administration, and Rotary Peace Centers team to ensure accurate and thorough stewardship reports

      • Write stewardship reports to endowed and directed gift donors for Rotary Peace Centers program and other custom reports for principle gift donors

      • Develop, manage and write specialized reporting obligations for endowed fund donors

      • Collaborate with multiple areas to develop customized stewardship plans for all $1.5M+ donors

      • Oversee and facilitate stewardship strategies for identified donor segments to increase donor engagement and retention

      • Compose scripts for donor events

      • Write acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship letters

      • Provide exceptional customer service to donors and Rotary senior leadership

      • Some extended hours, including weekends, will be required to support donor events


        Other Duties as Assigned

        Other duties may include, but are not limited to, communication distribution, donor presentations, and supporting other special events and projects

        Why work for Rotary?




        • Generous medical, dental, and vision benefits package

        • Progressive 401k matching contributions

        • Above market and generous paid time off package

        • Tuition reimbursement

        • Professional development opportunities

        • On-site cafeteria and coffee bar with special pricing for Rotary employees

        • Flextime-several different work schedules to choose from



Keywords: Rotary, Evanston , Donor Stewardship Officer, Donor Relations, Other , Evanston, Illinois

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