Job Details

Philanthropy Officer

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience


CLIENT SUMMARY: Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky (MOW) provides nutritious meals delivered to the homes and congregate sites of seniors in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Greater Dayton community, along with other programs and initiatives that promote independence and fight hunger in the community. MOW is about much more than a meal, and ensures the social, physical, and emotional well-being of seniors through innovative and responsive programs and services.


JOB SUMMARY:  The Meals on Wheels Philanthropy Officer is a newly created position reporting to the Chief Giving Officer.  The Philanthropy Officer will also present and interface with the CEO and Board of Directors.  The Philanthropy Officer will be the engagement specialist within a culture of philanthropy for the organization’s most committed and highest potential donors, partnering with them in their experience of transforming the mission delivery through their generosity.



The Philanthropy Officer will represent the interests of passionate individuals and families who want to bring MOW’s mission to life through their giving; aligning those wishes with community needs and MOW’s initiatives for maximum impact. The key focus of this position will be to help donors fulfill their passions and interests through their philanthropic giving.  

  • Serve as the engagement specialist and primary contact for a portfolio of donors who currently or have the capacity to support our mission at a high level financially, with special focus on developing the organization’s ability to meet the needs of donors currently making/ able to make five-, six- and seven-figure gifts.
  • Establish strategies for engaging donors in MOW’s most critical work and multi-year initiatives through their time, talent and treasure, and ensure that the organization has the financial resources needed to carry out strategic priorities and ongoing mission delivery. This includes involving donors in a transparent and meaningful way in the process (including donor focus groups, strategic planning, etc.).
  • Uncover individuals, families, and businesses not currently engaged with the organization who may be interested in and financially able to join MOW in their movement to keep seniors safe and independent in their homes in a significant way.
  • Utilize tools and software to assess the most appropriate way to engage a donor based on past giving, ability and connection to mission.   
  • Serve as a brand ambassador, representing Meals on Wheels and the people they serve with board members, donors, volunteers, clients, personnel, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the community at large.
  • Build a planned giving program, working with the most loyal donors in fulfilling their wishes to leave a legacy gift.
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Giving Officer (CGO), including preparing the CGO for fundraising meetings, accompanying on calls, representing the CGO at meetings and/or public appearances.
  • Contribute at all fundraising and donor awareness events, including the entire donor engagement process while tracking progress.



The ideal candidate will be creative and forward-thinking, with a passion for helping donors to become heroes through their giving and the ability to tell the stories of the people served in a way that moves others to join MOW in their mission. The right candidate will be able to connect with others with integrity, empathy and genuine passion for the cause and the people MOW serves.  

  • 5+ years of increasingly responsible nonprofit fundraising and donor relations experience, preferably in a social service setting.
  • Experience guiding donors through gifts of $10K+, from the initial conversation to the follow up on the impact of the gift.
  • A consummate storyteller, with an interest in donors and clients as people first.
  • A relationship builder, with experience and success in the development of deep and long-lasting relationships with donors that facilitate the joy of giving and high community/mission impact. 
  • A degree in marketing/business/public relations/communications may be helpful, as well as a Certification or CFRE.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team member; and setting and meeting deadlines and goals. 
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, management and communication skills, both oral and written; the ideal candidate is a consummate storyteller.
  • Computer skills required to manage fundraising and donor databases, experience with RE preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant and strong customer service attitude.



Medical and dental benefits available day one.  Seven paid holidays per year and paid time off accrual starts day one. 



Sarah Benner, Search Operations Manager