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Philanthropy Advisor

Company: The Alaska Community Foundation
Date Posted: May 1, 2018

Organizational Overview

The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is a nonprofit, public foundation with a mission of inspiring the spirit of giving and connecting people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever. ACF works with donors to increase philanthropy and meet needs around the state through effective grantmaking. Managing more than $90 million in assets and over 450 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF and their 10 local community foundation Affiliates grant between $3 million and $5 million annually to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations. Since its inception ACF has awarded more than $60 million in grants in Alaska.

Unique Opportunity to Grow Skills and Make a Difference

ACF is seeking a Philanthropy Advisor/Development Officer ACF to develop relationships with current donors and assist potential donors resulting in current and planned gifts. This is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional with 3 or more years’ experience, or a professional with experience in communications, marketing, wealth management or nonprofit program management. It is open to those who wish to apply their skills to growing philanthropy in Alaska.

This fundraising position is unique in that it offers the opportunity to help donors fulfill their personal charitable passions and interests in Alaska or beyond. The Philanthropy Advisor may help donors ensure long-term support for a nonprofit, community, or a field of interest such as education, basic needs, the environment, workforce development, social justice or a new area that has not yet been funded. It also offers the opportunity to deepen one’s fundraising expertise by being able to offer donors a variety of charitable giving options and strategies to best meet their financial and charitable goals.

The position is part of a fundraising and communications team, and plays a critical role in collaborating with other ACF staff to achieve the foundation’s broader mission.

Position Summary

The Philanthropy Advisor develops, cultivates and expands relationships with a portfolio of current and prospective donors, with the goal of meeting donor interests and securing outright and legacy gifts to The Alaska Community Foundation. This positions interacts with nonprofit agencies, local Affiliate community foundations, individuals, companies and foundations. The Philanthropy Advisor also leads the effort to meet ACF’s unrestricted annual fund goals, including overseeing an annual fundraising event. The Philanthropy Advisor is part of a fundraising team and works closely with the ACF President/CEO and VP of Philanthropy/ External Relations, other staff and volunteer leadership.

Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communications skills, a keen attention to detail, a focus on results, and experience working with and providing exceptional customer service to executives and professionals. Ideally candidates will have proven experience with securing major gifts of $25,000 or more and planned giving, however ACF is committed to training the right individual in these areas.

Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited to the Following

  • Manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors as primary relationship manager.
  • Plan and participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: Donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Ensure successful closing of current and planned gifts.
  • Oversee ACF’s annual fund goal, including managing an annual fundraising event, launching and tracking an annual appeal, writing proposals, and working directly with donors.
  • Support ACF Affiliate communities in their efforts to expand fundraising activities.
  • Represent ACF through public presentations to nonprofit organizations and civic groups.
  • Write or assist with fundraising proposals, newsletter articles and other materials that promote philanthropy and increase awareness of ACF.
  • Support special ACF fundraising efforts, including an endowment campaign.
  • Oversee events that engage current and prospective donors. Events may be held in Alaska or out of state.
  • Pursue and maintain knowledge of current charitable giving best practicews and planned giving opportunities; use knowledge in prospect cultivation and solicitation.
  • Achieve strong proficiency in ACF’s database for development functions, including documenting contacts with donors, profile maintenance, donor research, and reports.
  • Perform other fundraising duties as required.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Capacity to understand complex fundraising issues.
  • Experience with donor or client tracking.
  • Flexibility in work hours to include evenings or weekend travel as needed to accomplish fundraising objectives. Travel may be required.
  • Deep interest in and commitment to working in the philanthropic sector.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards, including abiding by the AFP Code of Ethical Behavior.

Education, Abilities and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required plus 3 or more years of fundraising or other relevant experience. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Proven written and verbal communications skills.
  • Knowledge of Alaska issues and community leadership.
  • Experience managing programs, timelines, and budgets.
  • Strong problem solving, interpersonal and networking skills. Strong team player.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • MS Office experience and database experience or equivalent.


  • Knowledge of best practices in philanthropy and fund development, donor cultivation and retention strategies, and planned giving opportunities.
  • Experience working with high net-worth individuals.
  • Success in securing major gifts of $25,000 and up, with a preference on success in closing gifts of six figures and higher.
  • CFRE preferred.
  • Event management experience.


ACF offers a competitive salary and provides a generous benefits package which includes: medical, dental, vision, and a retirement plan with employer participation after 1 year of service.

Application Procedure

The Philanthropy Advisor position is open immediately. Initial review date is May 18, 2018 or until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a writing sample to Beth Rose at or Sharon Samuels at or mail to: The Alaska Community Foundation, Attention: Beth Rose, 3201 C Street, Suite 110, Anchorage, AK 99503.