Corporate and Foundation Relations Gift Officer

UW-Stout / Stout University Foundation   Menomonie, WI   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on April 23, 2024
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The Stout University Foundation, Inc. at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is accepting applications for a full-time Corporate and Foundation Relations Gift Officer. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Gift Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from corporate partners, foundations and individuals in support of colleges, departments, and programs of University of Wisconsin-Stout.  The position complements the development efforts of the Chancellor and Deans and works closely with university faculty and staff, as well as the Board of Directors and staff of the Stout University Foundation.  



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience in professional or higher education fund raising, public relations, corporate sales or marketing and a passion to champion the mission of UW-Stout, a polytechnic, higher education university.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on activities with minimal direction.


  • Minimum of five-years professional development experience or evidence of expertise in fundraising or corporate engagement in higher education, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts by identifying and managing a portfolio of prospects. Designing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies and ensuring follow-up activities and stewardship.
  • Demonstrate experience with comprehensive fundraising strategies, corporate and foundation fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a broad range of colleagues and constituents.


The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of assigned college(s), programs, corporations, foundations, and individuals in support of the mission of UW-Stout and fundraising priorities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, faculty and volunteers to develop strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of prospects with annual goals for face-to-face visits and dollars raised. Manage portfolio of prospects and donors to ensure timely steps are taken toward solicitation, gift closure, and stewardship.
  • Conceive, write and edit fundraising proposals and gift agreements.
  • Support the donor database management system by maintaining development actions and opportunities in the individual’s record.
  • Plan and conduct trips in key geographic areas to qualify and cultivate donors, and work with alumni and development staff, as well as UW-Stout’s Corporate Relations and Economic Engagement office, Career Services, college deans and faculty as appropriate to maximize fundraising results.
  • Represent Foundation, university and assigned areas at appropriate college and university meetings and events.
  • Provide leadership and support to volunteer boards and committees to fulfill fundraising objectives.


Complete applications received by end of day, May 1, 2024 are ensured full consideration.  Applications submitted after this date may be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.

To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter (* See below)
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references.

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants must complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

Minimum starting salary of $78,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan, demonstrating our commitment to the diverse needs of our employees.

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
Search Chair: Jen Rudiger
Phone: 715-232-5161

UW-Stout / Stout University Foundation

320 S. Broadway St. Menomonie
Menomonie , WI