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Major Gifts Officer

The War Memorial Center is seeking to fill a full-time Major Gifts Officer position.

The Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. (WMC), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), serves as Wisconsin’s most visible memorial to all who have served in the US armed services, and is committed to furthering a single, solemn mission: “Honor the Dead, Serve the Living.” This living memorial serves veterans and their families and educates the public about the price that our brave Americans in uniform have paid to ensure our freedom.

WMC has a staff of fourteen employees. The development team consists of the VP of Philanthropy, Major Gifts Officer, and a part-time assistant and works closely with the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, CEO, education and events managers. The fundraising goal for 2021 is $1.4 million which includes general operating support and special projects.

Position Summary:
The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is a new position and supports the Vice President of Philanthropy in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to achieve growth goals within the War Memorial Center’s 5-year plan. The MGO will work with the VP of Philanthropy to design a major gifts strategy and annual goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites
  • Strategically manage a portfolio of assigned donors and prospects. While starting with a base portfolio, the MGO is expected to build the portfolio through the qualification of prospects through research and referrals.
  • Develop and implement management strategies and approaches aimed at advancing donors into higher levels of giving and ultimately planned gifts.
  • Design highly customized strategies for high wealth prospective donors in collaboration with the VP of Philanthropy.
  • Engage in relationship-building activities through in-person visits, virtual and phone meetings, events, and through written and email correspondence.
  • Enter and track all activities, actions, call reports, critical donor information and deadlines in Raisers Edge database.
  • Meet key performance metrics set during the annual budget process including visits, asks, qualifications, and dollars raised.
  • Present regular updates to the VP of Philanthropy and other senior leadership as requested.
  • Attend and assist with War Memorial Center fundraising events and activities that involve major donors and prospects.
  • Perform other duties and assumes additional responsibilities as assigned.
Desired Qualities and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 3-5 years fundraising experience, major gift experience preferred
  • Proven fundraising track record with experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding high-level donors.
  • Solid knowledge of annual, special/major, and planned giving fundraising techniques and practices.
  • Superior interpersonal, organizational, planning, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with Board members, volunteers, donors and colleagues.
  • A flexible team player, resilient and able to adapt to a small office.
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.
  • Must have integrity and strong follow-through.
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in the latest version of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite and experience with donor management software.
  • Personal interest and passion in the mission of WMC.

The War Memorial Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary range will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For full and confidential consideration, please email cover letter, resume, professional references, and salary expectations, combined into one document, to:

Material that cannot be emailed may be sent to:

Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc.
Attention: Human Resources
750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Vicki Chappell, Vice President of Philanthropy, (414) 273-5533,

Please note references will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified.

WMC is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, gender identity, creed, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, arrest and conviction records, the use or nonuse of lawful products off the employers’ premises during nonwork hours, declining to attend meetings or participate in communications about religious or political matters, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Development Assistant

The War Memorial Center is seeking to fill a part-time, 24-28 hours per week, Development Assistant position.

The War Memorial Center, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), serves as Wisconsin’s most visible memorial to all who have served in the U.S. armed services, and is committed to furthering a single, solemn mission: “Honor the Dead, Serve the Living.” This living memorial serves veterans and their families and educates the public about the price that our brave Americans in uniform have paid to ensure our freedom.

The Development Assistant performs administrative support services for the development team such as receiving, recording and responding to donations, maintaining specialized databases, composing correspondence, researching prospective donors, assisting with fundraising events and mailings.

Duties and Responsibilites
  • Maintaining Donor Database – Data Entry
    • Record donations on an ongoing basis
    • Reconcile monthly reports with Finance department
    • Constituent updates for addresses, contact information, notes and actions
    • Adding new constituent records
    • Perform basic queries for reports, segmented mailing lists for appeals
    • Basic Excel spreadsheets
  • Donor services
    • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files
    • Manage gift acknowledgment process and produce donor letters on a timely basis
    • Assist with fundraising appeals, grant requests, and other fundraising initiatives
    • Administers sales of memorial bricks, banners, and Christmas ornaments
    • Processes donation receipts, follows up on past due pledges, prepares deposits
    • Administrative tasks such as scanning, filing, copying
  • Assists with fundraising events
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualities and Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent plus related business courses and 3 or more years related clerical experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with donor databases and internal research; knowledge of Blackbaud Suite (Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge) a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills (telephone, email, in person) with ability to speak effectively in response to common inquiries or complaints.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Ability to type 45 words per minute, operate a computer, scanner, calculator, copy machine, and postage machine.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Publisher, and Access or other data base software.
  • Strong data management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Team oriented with ability to work independently within a small office.
Additional Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working in a nonprofit/philanthropic fundraising environment.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to: hear; talk; use hands to finger; handle, touch objects, tools or controls; sit; stand; walk; stoop; kneel; crouch; reach above and below shoulder height; and pull/push, lift and carry up to 10 pounds.

The War Memorial Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

(414) 273-5533

2021 Commemorative Ornament

Support the War Memorial Center by purchasing this ornament featuring the Eternal Flame and mosaic panels designed by Edmund Lewandowski.

$22 each and all proceeds go directly to
the War Memorial Center.

You can purchase them online and at all
WaterStone Bank locations.