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Philanthropic Advisor

Company: Wisconsin Humane Society
Date Posted: January 26, 2018

Position Description

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is now adding a Philanthropic Advisor to its outstanding team! The Philanthropic Advisor will serve the WHS Green Bay and Door County Campuses and will be a core member of the fundraising team responsible for implementing fund development initiatives and activities related to major giving and planned giving primarily focusing on the Green Bay and Door County communities. WHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with six operating locations, a budget of approximately $10 million, and maintains a four star rating with Charity Navigator.

Position Summary

Job Responsibilities

  • Personally cultivate strong relationships to inspire potential high-impact donors, with primary focus on the Green Bay and Door County communities
  • Cultivate, develop appropriate strategies for, solicit, and steward an assigned portfolio of 150-200 individual and corporate 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
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; CFRE desirable
  • Positive, professional, and team oriented
  • 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 as well as strong interpersonal skills
  • Emotionally capable of handling high-pressure situations in a professional manner in a fast paced environment
  • Proficient computer skills; prior experience utilizing Microsoft Word and Excel is required
  • Raiser’s Edge experience preferred
  • Capable of accepting and completing work assignments with minimal supervision in a highly motivated manner
  • A valid, state issued regular drivers license (class D) is required
  • Commitment to treating animals and humans 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

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please visit to complete and submit your online applicatoin. Be sure to include three professional references with your application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. 


Equal Opportunity Employer

The Wisconsin Humane Society believes in equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment. WHS’s success depends on the effective utilization of qualified people regardless of the age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, veteran status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual preference, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.