Director, Major and Planned Gifts

Posted 4 months ago

About the Foundation for Women’s Cancer

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing research, education and awareness about gynecologic cancer risk, prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.  The mission of FWC is to support education, research, and public awareness of gynecologic cancers.  The FWC is the official foundation of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO).

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the premier medical specialty society for health care professionals trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers. SGO has over 2,000 members representing the entire gynecologic oncology team in the United States and abroad.   Members include primarily gynecologic oncologists, as well as medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, hematologists, surgical oncologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, fellows-in-training, residents, patient advocates, and other allied health care professionals interested in the treatment and care of women’s cancer.

FWC is located in downtown Chicago, has a staff of 3, with an operating budget of $2M.


The Director, Major and Planned Gifts represents the Foundation for Women’s Cancer across the organization and in the community. The Director of Major and Planned Gifts is responsible for coordinating, executing, and at times, creating major and planned gift fundraising programs for FWC. S/he provides leadership and works collaboratively with FWC/SGO leadership, staff and physicians to advance philanthropic support for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a dynamic portfolio of major and planned gifts.


  • Develop and execute strategic fundraising plan
  • Direct fundraising campaigns, grant fundraising, and major donor programs using proven fundraising methodology
  • Develop, cultivate and grow individual donor base
  • Work in collaboration with the CEO and the FWC Board of Directors
  • Support the Foundation Board Chairperson who serves as the primary face of fundraising and communications throughout the organization and in local communities
  • Revive and grow key external alliances
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, integrate communications and marketing strategies.


  • Expand the individual major gift donor base.
  • Identify, cultivate and steward current and new corporate and foundation partners.
  • Oversee weekly, monthly and quarterly fundraising reports; and manage progress against established benchmarks and an organizational scorecard
  • Lead the creation of powerful and inspiring materials; letters, proposals and dynamic presentations customized for target audience
  • Manage all fundraising events; work with the development and program teams to oversee all development aspects of fundraising and cultivation events
  • Ensure ethical and appropriate financial administration of contributed income, including overseeing the donor and prospect records, gift processing and donor stewardship functions

External & Community Relations

  • Maintain active membership and a strong presence in professional organizations, community groups and other spaces relevant to the work of FWC and its mission
  • Provide strategic leadership to FWC’s efforts to effectively communicate the mission, goal and accomplishments to donors, prospective donors, and the broader community
  • Create and implement a plan to identify and build strong relationships with key donors, community leaders and volunteers, and engage organizations with which FWC should partner
  • Nurture partnerships and relationships with current and prospective funders through donor recognition programs and stewardship


  • Bachelor’s Degree and CFRE preferred
  • 10 years related and progressive fundraising experience with a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in development, preferably in major gifts and/or health care.
  • Successful track record of fundraising efforts and closing significant major gifts
  • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles and experience in soliciting and securing planned gifts a must
  • The ability to evaluate, qualify, and move prospects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition cycle.
  • Understanding of planned giving principles and vehicles, and ability to coordinate interactions with donors to facilitate a deferred gift.
  • Experience interacting with high-net worth individuals and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Highly relational. Ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with all levels
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong, confident and inspiring leader
  • Thrives in entrepreneurial, “roll-up-your-sleeves” environment
  • Driven by results
  • Creative self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of consensus-seeking teams.
  • Strong financial management.   Monitors performance against budget and assures course correction as needed.
  • Strong PC skills and expertise in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook).
  • Sound ethical character with unquestioned integrity, honesty, and transparency, and a commitment to SGO’s principles and ethics.
  • Some travel required.

Search Process: How to Apply

This search is being conducted by Mary McMahon, Associate, Tuft & Associates .
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically, using one of these options:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email your resume and cover letter to Catherine Babjak, Manager, at; 312.642.8889

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LocationChicago, IL