Fundraising Strategist


| Minneapolis, MN | June 27, 2019

Fundraising Strategist

• Preferred start date: September 1, 2019
• Our preferred candidate will have a proven history of leading successful fundraising campaigns and strategies
• Office located in northeast Minneapolis
• Full time, exempt, with co-defined flexible scheduling available
• Reports to director of coaching and curriculum; Other staff include the executive director, three directors that oversee core programs, and two other new positions focused on development and administrative support
• We work with our team to create a comfortable and accommodating work environment for people of all abilities and identities
• Contract parking available; Public transit allowance available
• Occasional Greater Minnesota and/or overnight travel expected (paid for by GiveMN)
• Professional development allowance available
• Wireless connectivity allowance available
• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) available
• Philanthropic matching gifts, volunteer matching gifts, and volunteer time off available
• Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance and health savings account available
• $63,400 – $66,650 annual salary; Traditional and Roth 401k available with employer Safe Harbor match and discretionary contributions

Why This Job Is Important
Powering every successful nonprofit is a dynamic vision, mission-motivated people, and a fundraising strategy that engages generous communities. GiveMN is continuing to respond to the changing demands of nonprofit fundraising in Minnesota, recognizing that many organizations lack the knowledge, time, and tools to accomplish both their program mission and their fundraising objectives simultaneously.
RaiseMN is our answer to help organizations increase their capacity for fundraising. We’re actively looking for a strategic colleague to help us innovate as we answer this challenge. As the RaiseMN Fundraising Strategist, you’ll play a central role in responding to some of the biggest opportunities for growing giving across our state.

How You Will Be Spending Your Time
• In an average week, you will likely spend 20 hours working with RaiseMN client organizations, 15 hours designing campaign strategies and capacity building tools, and 5 hours meeting with and supporting other team members
• Working closely with executive directors, development staff, and board members of organizations participating in RaiseMN Campaign Institute cohorts while also coaching organizations engaged in short-term partnerships with RaiseMN
• Coaching leaders of partner organizations to develop comprehensive fundraising strategies that expand philanthropic support for their organizations and teaching them to manage all components of their fundraising plans including (but not limited to) individual annual and major giving
• Sometimes you’ll be 100% focused on a single project, and at other times you’ll be coaching several external organizations at once
• Serving as a fundraising coach to multiple organizations, you will bring together desirability (what staff or volunteers want), feasibility (what the organization can do), and viability (what the community will support) as organizations grow their fundraising strategies to meet the unique demands of their mission
• Working with the GiveMN team to create, deliver, and evaluate solutions that respond to the organizational challenges of our partners, whether that solution is simply applying an available resource or crafting a completely new concept tried for the first time
• Occasionally traveling to coach organization partners or lead learning opportunities
• Partnering with GiveMN’s director of partnerships to secure exciting new opportunities where RaiseMN services sit at the heart of solutions

What You Are Good At
• You’re a facilitator and coach, sharing knowledge with our partners while learning from their experiences and adapting your support to their individual needs, in myriad settings from coffee shops to conferences, from board rooms to virtual classrooms
• You’re humble, acknowledging the limits of your lived experience and expertise while trusting organization partners to be experts in their own spaces
• You’re a synthesizer, able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely
• You’re empathetic, listening first to seek ‘why’ before narrowing options to address a root cause
• You’re strategic, knowing how to prioritize what should be done, and why it needs to be done
• You’re creative, energized by creating something new
• You’re an effective communicator, able to share ideas effectively
• You lead with yes, embracing possibility and affirming creativity
• You work well across multiple lines of difference, including race, gender, identity, disability, ideology, and religion
• You’re a problem solver, having the ability to make the complex simple and help others understand your strategies
• You’re a leader, helping others see what they can achieve while supporting them with the encouragement and tools to accomplish their goals
• You’re resourceful, eager to innovate in environments with sometimes limited resources

What You Have Done
The best candidate for this position is someone who has progressive experience with:
• Fundraising from individuals for nonprofit organizations, schools, or civic causes
• Teaching, coaching, and supporting professional and volunteer teams
• Organizing and facilitating outreach across multiple lines of difference, including race, gender, identity, disability, ideology, and religion
• It would be a plus if you had experience with: small- and medium-sized organizations; greater Minnesota communities; engagement campaigns across multiple communication channels; online fundraising tools and strategies

A Little More About You
The GiveMN team is small but mighty, working collaboratively and energetically to advance multiple priorities simultaneously. The best fit for GiveMN is someone who might describe themselves as:
• Passionate, hardworking, and self-motivated
• Easy going, always taking the mission more seriously than themselves
• Focused, thriving on deadline-driven work in a relaxed environment
• Flexible, comfortable navigating uncertainty and adapting to change
• Strategic, identifying and balancing short- and long-term risks and benefits
• Data savvy, able to interpret quantitative data to inform qualitative strategies
• Risk tolerant, open to trying new ideas, learning from mistakes, and continuously improving
• Confident, yet humble, as comfortable inspiring others and leading a team as you are presenting to large audiences and influential leaders
• Curious, never satisfied until you have explored numerous possibilities and perspectives

Applying For This Job
To apply for this job, email a digital file of your resume and an introductory letter to Leah E. Olm, director of coaching and curriculum, at Your introduction should be no longer than two pages and should address the following questions:
• Why are you passionate about GiveMN’s mission to ignite generosity and grow giving?
• How does a mindset of abundance inform your approach to philanthropy and the work of fundraising?
• In what ways are you meaningfully connected with and accountable to the communities you value? Communities may be defined any way you’d like.
• In what ways do areas of difference in your background and experience influence how you approach your work?
• How have you previously demonstrated the courage to take calculated risks in pursuing results, while learning from both your successes and failures?
• In what kind of work environment are you most productive as a team member and colleague?
GiveMN values experience across multiple lines of difference and strongly encourages candidates of all identities and experiences to apply for this position.
You may also email questions to if necessary.

About GiveMN
GiveMN is an independent nonprofit organization working to ignite generosity and grow giving through, Minnesota’s giving marketplace, and RaiseMN, a fundraising coaching and training program.
Since 2009, more than 400,000 donors have made gifts with ease and enthusiasm through to make a difference for causes in their communities. Through this online marketplace for generosity, and giving events like the annual Give to the Max Day, GiveMN has helped to generate more than $200 million for nearly 12,000 nonprofits in its first decade.
RaiseMN serves Minnesota nonprofits through individualized coaching and programs to transform nonprofit fundraising. Focusing on small- to medium-sized organizations, RaiseMN builds more healthy and sustainable fundraising practices so nonprofits can continue to pursue and expand their mission in their communities.
Launched in 2009 by Minnesota Community Foundation, GiveMN is supported by many generous foundation and corporate partners, contributions from individual donors, and revenue from its programs.

Equal Opportunity Employer
GiveMN values experience and success in working across multiple lines of difference and strongly encourages candidates of all identities and experiences to apply for this position. GiveMN is an equal opportunity employer.

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