Donor Relations Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000.00
Maximum: $50,000.00




599 N. Main St.
United States



Job Title: Donor Relations Manager

Job Summary: Responsible for donor acquisition, cultivation, stewardship of all individuals supporting House of Ruth, with the goal of growing individual donors into long term major or multi-year supporters.

Reports to: Director of Development


In conjunction with the Director of Development, develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow annual revenue from individuals, including but not limited to: managing annual appeal campaigns, managing and monitoring online giving initiatives and coordinating special events.

  • Plan, develop, and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects including: acting as the primary relationship manager; developing and implementing a written donor strategy; and maintaining a relationship record of all interactions.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development, Executive Director and Board of Directors on the follow up and cultivation of donors.
  • Manage the donor database (Donor Perfect), which involves record maintenance, gift entry, acknowledgement letters, and development of reports to assess/develop donor and other fundraising strategies.
  • Create an annual cultivation and stewardship plan utilizing the Benevon model of fundraising.
  • Coordinate weekly “point of entry” tours to introduce new donors to the agency, and conduct follow up phone calls asking for feedback and referrals.
  • Provide monthly reports on activities to the Director of Development; evaluate progress on a quarterly basis.
  • Provide staff support to the Board Development Committee, the Board Special Events Sub-Committee and ad hoc committees.
  • Maintain timely flow of information with administrative, program and Executive Leadership teams
  • Support existing agency policies, maintains appropriate confidentiality about clients, shelter location and operations
  • Exercise good judgment in performance of duties and responsibilities.
  • Complete House of Ruth’s 40 hour staff and volunteer training program
  • Other activities necessary to fulfill the functions of the position or as assigned by Director of Development.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree and/or Certification in Fundraising preferred.


  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in managing development projects, including high level donor relationships.
  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment in fund development is highly desirable.
  • Able to monitor and meet revenue goals.
  • High talent in interacting with board members, high level donors, and leadership staff in a positive, professional manner, engendering cooperation.
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detailed knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of fund development
  • Detailed knowledge of and skill in direct mail, major donor cultivation, solicitation and events
  • Ability to prioritize assignments to complete work in a timely manner when there are: changes in workload; changes in assignment; pressures of deadlines: competing needs
  • Ability to work independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Email Marketing Platforms, Word Press and Donor Database management.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents.


Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, paid holidays, and other benefits available

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Pat Bell, Director of Development