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About Us

Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit committed to building a vibrant community through the power of the arts. With the help of nearly 20,000 donors, Fund for the Arts supports a range of arts organizations and drives accessibility across neighborhoods, schools, community center, senior care facilities, parks, libraries, public spaces, and more. We believe the arts fuel our regional economy, inspire student success, bring people together, and simply make Greater Louisville an amazing, unique community.

We lead innovation, inspire excellence and promote effective resource utilization. We build bridges and identify shared opportunity. You will join a team comprised of empowered and talented individuals: results-driven fundraisers, passionate donor stewards and strategic community connectors who believe in the power of philanthropy and envision a stronger, more vibrant community through the arts.

About the Job

The Manager of Donor Stewardship will create, execute and/or support a comprehensive donor acknowledgment and recognition plan to support all donors across all divisions of the campaign. The Manager of Donor Stewardship will think strategically about donor engagement, providing creative solutions to enhance the relationship of donors with the Fund for the Arts, increasing the likelihood of continued contributions. In addition, this role is responsible for managing a small portfolio of individual and corporate donors, drafting annual solicitation appeals and following up to secure annual gift renewals. This position reports to the Vice President of Development and will work closely with all members of the Fund for the Arts Leadership Team.


  • Establish and maintain information-tracking process regarding acknowledgment, recognition, ongoing communications, and continued cultivation for past and current donors across all divisions of the campaign: Corporate, Foundation, Individual, Workplace, Public Funding.
  • Proactively supports the stewardship activities of the development department by assisting them in establishing and coordinating individualized stewardship plans to donors in their portfolios.
  • Establish and implement standard Fund for the Arts donor levels and corresponding benefits and recognition for nearly 17,000 donors contributing over $8.5 million.
  • Recommend process for publicity of major gifts and donors in collaboration with the Director of Communications & Engagement and Campaign Team, to include appropriate recognition in print and web materials and social media.
  • Manage membership roster, recognition and benefit implementation for leadership giving societies.
  • Develop process for extending strategic and regular invitations to donors and prospects for meetings, to attend individual arts and community events, and develop guest lists for Fund for the Arts donor events.
  • Create opportunities for donors to observe and learn about Fund for the Arts impact initiatives in collaboration with the Impact Officer and Campaign Team.
  • Oversee a portfolio of annual individual and corporate donors below $1,000, approximately 800 donors worth $250,000 in renewable support. Responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding and acknowledging.
  • Oversee the creation of the annual report in collaboration with Director of Communications & Engagement and Campaign Team.
  • Draft annual donor solicitation appeals.
  • Draft donor acknowledgment letters.
  • Other duties as assigned by Vice President of Development

About You:

Necessary Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with diverse constituencies and create positive community connections
  • Aptitude for independent and cooperative decision making as well as proactive creative and strategic thinking and problem-solving
  • Goal-driven, results-oriented team member
  • Passionate advocate and promoter of the arts, and of this community
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of relevant experience.

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please email a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to Jill Ramsey, by September 5, 2017. In your letter of interest, please detail the following: In your letter of interest, please detail the following:

  • Why you are interested in working at the Fund for the Arts and specifically in this position?
  • What skills and experiences do you uniquely bring that will ensure your success in this role?

Fund for the Arts is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law. Fund for the Arts complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for handicapped and disabled employees.

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