Director of Major & Planned Giving - Wisconsin Humane Society

AFP SE WI Administrator
January 11, 2019

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is looking for a Director of Major & Planned Giving to join our outstanding team! The Director of Major & Planned Giving will be a core member of the fundraising team at WHS, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with six operating locations and a budget of approximately $10 million. The Director of Major & Planned Giving is responsible for leading and implementing fund development initiatives and activities related to major giving and planned giving for WHS. This individual will supervise a team of two Philanthropic Advisors who work with donors across our Milwaukee, Racine and Ozaukee operating locations.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, implement, and manage the major giving and planned giving programs for the Wisconsin Humane Society.
  • Supervise a team of two Philanthropic Advisors.
  • Cultivate, develop appropriate strategies for, solicit, and steward an assigned portfolio of individual donors capable of giving $1,000 or more.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward potential planned giving relationships.
  • Develop, implement, and share effective approaches to fundraising for the Wisconsin Humane Society, ensuring the profitability of revenue-generating fundraising activities according to budget and organizational philosophy and guidelines.

Qualifications & Requirements

The Director of Major & Planned Giving will be a positive, professional, and team-oriented individual with the following experience and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; CFRE desirable.
  • At least seven years of experience working in a non-profit development department with progressive responsibility for the management of philanthropic development programming with sales experience.
  • Previous experience managing or leading fundraising teams.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Emotionally capable of handling high-pressure situations in a professional manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient computer skills. Prior experience with MS Word and MS Excel required. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Capable of accepting and completing work assignments with minimal supervision in a highly motivated manner.
  • Commitment to treat animals and people with respect and kindness.


Full-time staff are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including up to 2 weeks’ Vacation, 1-week Paid Time Off (PTO), and 6 paid Holidays within their first year. Paid time-off will be prorated based on the full-time hire date and is available after 45 days of consecutive employment. On the first of the month following 60 days of consecutive employment, full-time staff are eligible for these additional benefits:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Group Term Life Insurance and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Aflac Supplemental Benefits
  • Limited wellness care veterinary services for companion animals

All staff are eligible for the following benefits package on their hire date:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • 30% off discount on animal adoption fees
  • 10% off merchandise discount in our Animal Antics Store
  • *Limited retail (i.e. apparel, pet food, special order merchandise), service fee, event, and education program discounts

*Available on the first of the month following 60 days of consecutive employment after the hire date.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please visit to begin your online employment application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown Counties, as well as a Spay/Neuter Clinic in West Allis. The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, and veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the states busiest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group.

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