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Philanthropic Partner Relations Officer


Provides strategic leadership by designing and implementing a comprehensive stewardship and philanthropic partner relations system that promotes interaction with and recognition of philanthropic partners at all levels. Sustains positive and mutually rewarding relations between Make-A-Wish Minnesota and its donors, corporate partners and National Alliances. Maintains ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies and advises on the facilitation of advancement-related events and donor groups. The Philanthropic Partner Relations Officer is a collaborative position on the development team and reports directly to the Director of Development.


  • Establishes and manages acknowledgements, recognition, communications and continued cultivation of past and current philanthropic partners to enhance their relationship with Make-A-Wish Minnesota and increase future contributions. Maintains prospect and donor data at the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Designs, documents, and implements a systematic and integrated philanthropic partner relations program that encompasses donor recognition events, naming dedications and other stewardship and advancement-related activities. Devises and uses consistent, accurate, and appropriate information-sharing mechanisms for stewarding prospects, partners and donors. Ensures the proper stewardship of gifts. Proactively supports the stewardship responsibilities of the development team by assisting them with individualized stewardship plans for donors.
  • Manages National Alliance relationships in partnership with Make-A-Wish America.
  • Works collaboratively with the development team to compose letters, fund reports and proposals as needed.
  • Recommends and facilitates publicity of major gifts and donors with marketing team. Advises on and facilitates the recognition of philanthropic partners in print, social media and Web-based publications.
  • Partners with the program and development team to involve Wish families and Wish kids in development activities as appropriate.



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the liberal arts.
  • Solid knowledge base of fundraising best practices; major gift principles and trends; donor-centered strategies.
  • Minimum of 5 years stewardship and/or donor relations experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and appropriate thoroughness.
  • Ability to manage concurrent projects, set priorities, and follow through on both long-term and short-term projects, and meet deadlines.
  • Access to own transportation and the ability to travel and provide staff support for evening and weekend events Ability to travel and provide staff support for evening and weekend events.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office tools, particularly Excel and Word.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Exhibit good judgment.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to last-minute requests.
  • Display a willingness to acquire new skills and take on new projects.


  • Eight to ten years of non-profit experience managing relationships, knowledge of fundraising cycle, developing and building community partnerships, participating on nonprofit board committees and leading, facilitating and engaging community organizations, businesses and individual prospects.
  • A high degree of comfort and confidence in meeting and conversing with community members, Wish Family members, community partners, and donors.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge software management

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Andrea Fahrenkrug
Director of Development

Make-A-Wish® Minnesota
1919 University Ave W
Suite 415
St. Paul, MN 55104
(612) 767-9474