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Senior Giving Strategies Officer

Company: The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Date Posted: May 10, 2017

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is a leading voice and active driver for building a better and more prosperous region.  We do this by inspiring philanthropy to spark investments in thriving people, and vibrant places and key community initiatives in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

If working with individuals and families that strive to improve our community by investing their time and money interests, you then The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) may be the place for you.  GCF is looking for a Senior Giving Strategies Officer, this position plays a significant leadership role in developing and carrying out GCF’s plans and strategies for engaging donors through superior relationship management.  This includes collaborating with the Foundation’s Community Investment Group, and the Marketing Group, to capture and share the Foundation’s community knowledge for the direct benefit of donors who are seeking to increase the impact of their giving through a partnership with GCF. 

The Senior Giving Strategies Officer works under the direct leadership of the Director of Donor Relations. The Senior Giving Strategies Officer works collaboratively with other Giving Strategies staff, the Community Investment Program staff, Marketing staff, and GCF committee volunteers to enhance relationships with prospects, current and future donors, including community needs information for grantmaking. 

Responsibilities include: 

         Planning, Organization and Management:  Participate in the creation of annual Giving Strategies Group plans, goals and strategies to engage donors and prospects with GCF and increase new and endowed assets; carry out relationship management and donor relations activities as identified in the annual plan; provide staff support for advisory committees as assigned. 

         Relationship Management and Donor Relations:  Take primary responsibility for developing, sustaining, and cultivating relationships with donors and their professional advisors.  Assist them in meeting their charitable goals and needs by providing information about GCF’s services, community insights and charitable investment opportunities, benefits of current and planned gifts, etc. Provide exemplary service.

Create and actively execute 10 or more individual donor engagement plans, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Participate in the design and delivery of new-donor, in-home welcome meetings.

Lead efforts to deepen relationships with GCF’s Foundation Society members, individually and through events and to expand the membership of the Foundation Society.

Working in close collaboration with the Community Investment Group, develop mechanisms for sharing the Foundation’s community knowledge to donors, both systematically and upon request.

Respond personally, as needed, to donor inquiries and requests, including but not limited to stock donation transfers and fund detail changes.

Earn the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP)® designation from the American College, if not already a credential. 


As part of the Giving Strategies staff team:

  • Document expectancies.
  • Compile key performance indicators for respective area of responsibility.
  • Represent the Foundation at special events.
  • Participate in the administrative process of maintaining the integrity of fund records and donor files.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records of contacts with donors, as well as prospects and professional advisors as appropriate.
  • Document information about organizations, prospects, donors and professional advisors in the GCF data base.

Other assignments and special projects as assigned by the Director of Donor Relations, Vice President for Donor Relations, or President/CEO. 


Minimum education and experience:  Bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience in the asset development field, including substantial work and success in soliciting major gifts and promoting planned gifts. Preference for candidates with knowledge or experience with community foundations. 

Preferred education:  Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and/or Masters degree in accounting, business, finance or law combined with continuing education in fundraising strategies appropriate to community foundations. 

  • Comfortable working closely with high net worth and/or influential individuals; current access to key players in the Greater Cincinnati area is a plus. 
  • The knowledge, experience and interpersonal skills necessary to earn the role of trusted advisor. 
  • Strong customer service orientation. 
  • Energetic, personable, sensitive and mature interpersonal style, able to project confidence to donors. Able to work well with a wide range of personalities.
  • Sense of humor, creativity and an appreciation of the role of philanthropy in building community. 
  • Highly motivated, action-oriented self-starter with strong organizational skills, especially planning and coordination. Ability to work under tight deadlines and to manage workload independently. Willing to adjust to multiple demands. 
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills, including public speaking experience. 
  • Proven ability to work as a team player with diverse groups of people. 
  • Strong analytic, problem-solving and planning skills 
  • Excellent time and task management skills as evidenced by a proven ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.
  • Demonstrated experience with database management and office productivity software such as Microsoft Office. 

The Senior Giving Strategies Officer must have a valid driver’s license, insurance coverage and a car (or regular access to a car). 

If you have a passion for improving your community and the qualifications for the position please submit your resume to Michele Costello, 200 W 4th Street, Cincinnati OH  45202 or e-mail at

Deadline for resumes is May 19, 2017.