Philanthropic Advisor (Major Gifts Officer) - Wisconsin Humane Society

AFP SE WI Administrator
August 23, 2019

Philanthropic Advisor/Major Gifts Officer (FT) – Milwaukee & Racine Campuses

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is adding two new, full-time Philanthropic Advisors (Major Gifts Officers) to our outstanding team! The Philanthropic Advisor will be a core member of the fundraising team at the Wisconsin Humane Society, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with six operating locations and a budget of approximately $12 million. The Philanthropic Advisor – Milwaukee Campus is responsible for implementing fund development initiatives and activities related to major giving and planned giving for the Wisconsin Humane Society; the Philanthropic Advisor – Milwaukee Campus will have a primary focus on Milwaukee and its surrounding communities. The Philanthropic Advisor – Racine Campus will have a primary focus on Racine and its surrounding communities. 

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Personally cultivate strong relationships to inspire potential high-impact donors, with primary focus on Milwaukee or Racine and their surrounding communities.
  • Cultivate, develop appropriate strategies for, solicit, and steward an assigned portfolio of 150-200 individual donors capable of giving $1,000 or more.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward potential planned giving relationships.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward potential capital campaign prospects.
  • 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 Philanthropic Advisor will be a positive, professional, and team-oriented individual on the development team with the following experience and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; CFRE desirable.
  • At least five years of experience working in a non-profit development department with progressive responsibility for the management of philanthropic development programming with sales experience.
  • 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 our employment page at to complete and submit your online application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. Please know that it is our policy to reply to every application received once we have a status update.

Come see why over 200 staff call one of WHS’s 6 locations home! You’ll be happy you did!

Equal Opportunity Employer

About Us

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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