Madison, WI

Director of Donor Engagement, Madison Community Foundation

The Organization


Madison Community Foundation (MCF) was founded in 1942. Its mission is to enhance the common good through philanthropy, and it employs the values of integrity, generosity, effectiveness, permanence and equity while implementing this mission.

Madison Community Foundation plays a central role in giving and philanthropic impact within our community and beyond – working with donors to connect them to the causes they care about most; and working with nonprofits to build endowments and utilize grant funding in effective and efficient ways. MCF also manages its own competitive grantmaking program with five focus areas, including: arts, environment, learning, nonprofit capacity building and community development. Our mission requires that we listen to donors and respond to opportunities to enhance our community’s assets and address its challenges. We rely on a diverse team of 13 full-time staff members and dozens of community leaders to carry out our work. MCF is proactive, intentional and unceasing in its efforts to be more diverse, inclusive and equitable.

Position Overview

Madison Community Foundation is currently seeking a Director of Donor Engagement to join the Donor Engagement Team. This position plays a key role in advancing the mission of MCF by engaging and stewarding current and prospective donors and fundholders to facilitate giving now and in the future.

The Director of Donor Engagement works with individuals and professional advisors to help develop and support plans for giving today and through estates and assists nonprofit leaders to establish and grow endowments. This role requires excellent listening, written, interpersonal and verbal communications abilities (including public speaking), refined customer-service skills, a high attention to detail, strong planning, organization and project management skills, working knowledge of tools and strategies for giving and gift planning, and excellent teamwork abilities.

Personal attributes that are fundamental to the role include: positive attitude, strong moral and ethical standards, strong work ethic, humility, an ability and willingness to engage with people of varying ethnicities, backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels, and a warm collegial style.

An Undergraduate degree and five years of experience in philanthropic services, development and fundraising, professional advising or other relevant experience required.

This individual will report to the Vice President of Donor Engagement and work closely with all departments. Competitive salary and benefits.

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Director of Donor Engagement advances the mission of Madison Community Foundation (MCF) by working with a broad array of constituents to facilitate giving and endowment growth today and through planned gifts. The Director of Donor Engagement serves individual, organizational and corporate fundholders, members of our Legacy Society (planned gifts) and donors to MCF. This role collaborates with professional advisors and draws on a working knowledge of current giving strategies involving cash, securities, Qualified Charitable Distributions, charitable gift annuities, donor-advised funds, endowments, beneficiary designations, wills and trusts.

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Engage fundholders, Legacy Society members, donors and prospects to support their charitable activities
  • Serve active and prospective nonprofit fundholders to support fund establishment and growth
  • Expand relationships with professional advisors (legal, accounting, investment, etc.) to support client philanthropic planning and giving
  • Manage a dynamic portfolio of active and prospective donors to ensure proactive engagement and stewardship of relationships
  • Collaborate with the communications team to feature and recognize constituents in written materials and video assets; assist in the creation of collateral for donor and advisor audiences
  • Utilize MCF’s database to track donor plans and actions
  • Represent MCF at community events
  • Additional duties as assigned


Education and Experience

Undergraduate degree and five years of experience in philanthropic services, development and fundraising, professional advising or other relevant experience required.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to Interviews for this position will begin in late July 2021.

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