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Philanthropy Associate, Major Giving, Full-time, Days

Location Lake Forest, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Memorial Foundation Job REQID 129144 Job Function Philanthropy/Fundraising Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $10,000 Student Loan Repayment ($5,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Annual Employee Salary Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay

Pay Starting at: $34.16+ per hour based on experience

Northwestern Medicine is powered by a community of colleagues who are purpose-driven and committed to our mission to deliver world-class care. Here, you'll work alongside some of the best clinical talent in the nation leading the way in medical innovation and breakthrough research with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

We recognize where you've been, and we support where you're headed. We celebrate diverse perspectives and experiences, which fuel our commitment to equity and culture of service.

Grow your career with comprehensive training and development opportunities, mentorship programs, educational support and student loan repayment.

  • Create the life you envision for yourself with flexible work options, a Reimbursable Well-Being Fund and a Total Rewards package that support your physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being.
  • Make a difference through volunteer opportunities we offer in local communities and drive inclusive change through our workforce-led resource groups.

From discovery to delivery, come help us shape the future of medicine.


The Philanthropy Associatereflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Philanthropy Associate performs a critical role on Northwestern Memorial Foundation’s (NMF) fundraising team. They are responsible for working with NMF managers, directors, vice presidents and other NMF team members to administer and coordinate activities and initiatives, completing projects as assigned.

NMF raises funds to support the health system’s strategic goals to deliver exceptional care and experience, advance and extend medical science and knowledge and enhance people, culture and resources through: (1) raising planned, principal and major gifts, (2) cultivating and stewarding donors, and (3) fostering a culture of philanthropy at NMHC.


  • Administer and coordinate philanthropy projects supporting fundraising programs. Those projects may include, but are not limited to: work plan development/implementation, requirements analysis, budgets, resource identification and allocation, solution development, information distribution, meeting facilitation, rollout strategies and overall performance reporting; 
  • Develop and maintain productive and professional relationships with donors, prospects, volunteers, vendors and team members, serving as a link between multiple parties and entities.
  • Effectively handle or escalate problems that arise within the project team or issues with donors, and implement mitigation strategies as needed to achieve the desired results;
  • Prepare and/or execute effective and efficient communication mechanisms which enable continuous exchange of project status, ideas and information, project developments among team members, NMHC Executives (project sponsors); donors, volunteers, vendor partners and others as appropriate;
  • Create and execute project work plans, revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements;
  • In partnership with a manager, program director, director or vice president, utilize project management tools to ensure accuracy for philanthropy project planning, procurement and budgeting;
  • Research and develop internal and external communications including presentations, speaking points, correspondence and other written materials;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to continuously strengthen leadership capabilities;
  • Represent and provide support for NMF at appropriate events related to donor cultivation, stewardship and fundraising activities. This includes interactions with various levels of donors and constituents, both internally and externally;
  • Respond to unanticipated complex issues as well as manage critical and confidential information;
  • Utilize meaningful metrics to assess outcomes and achieve goals;
  • Exemplify the NMHC values of patients first, integrity, excellence and teamwork;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Grow a major gifts portfolio through the identification, qualify, strategize, cultivate, solicit, close and steward major gifts of $50,000 and greater (including outright gifts, multi-year pledges and planned gifts) from current and prospective benefactors;
  • Build a portfolio that leads to a size of 75 to 100 qualified major gift prospects, comprised of current, lapsed and prospective donors;
    • Manage all prospects in portfolio to bring them closer to the organization and to encourage continued and increased giving;
    • Develop tailored prospect and donor-specific strategies and tactics to advance the philanthropic relationship and giving potential;
  • Partner with leadership to build relationships with physicians and other internal stakeholders with the expectation that over time the PA builds/maintains physician relationships to identify areas of funding need that are aligned with the interests of donors;
  • Work with Donor Development staff to create proposals for the solicitation of contributions;
  • Assist with the development and implementation of stewardship plans;
  • Track and manage information and strategies pertaining to prospects, including timely and accurate documentation of conversations and contacts with donors, prospects, physicians and staff in the organization’s donor database.
  • Exhibit a passion for healthcare and the role philanthropy can play in advancing NM’s mission;
  • Work within a metrics-based environment to assess successful goal achievement;
  • Exemplify the NM values of patients first, integrity, excellence and teamwork;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to positively interact with a wide array of individuals and be comfortable developing personal relationships with donors.


  • Knowledge of major gift giving best practices
  • Prior healthcare or higher education fundraising experience
  • Public speaking and presentation skills



  • Bachelor’s degree or  4 years equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of experience in a fundraising, community outreach, healthcare or development position with a proven track record, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Ability to organize and think independently with orientation to deadline and detail
  • Demonstrated project management, organizational, analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships with peers and constituents at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent oral, communication and interpersonal skills
  • High degree of professionalism, sensitivity and integrity
  • Strong intellectual curiosity, initiative and highly effective listening/communication skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines, communicate effectively and track details
  • Demonstrate a high level of flexibility in a team environment
  • Comfort handling multiple projects, accurately setting priorities on a regular basis, thinking creatively and working as a collaborative team member
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


  • Healthcare fundraising experience
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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