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  • Organization Type: Health

The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter Inc


The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy. The Heartland Chapter, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the top chapters in the country and serves the state of Missouri, southern Illinois and eastern Kansas. The Heartland Chapter offers information, education programs, support groups and assistance for the estimated 50,000 people in our chapter territory who live with lupus, their families and friends. The Heartland Chapter also supports research and promotes lupus awareness.

Under the supervision of the President & CEO, this position will have responsibility for developing, managing and evaluating the chapter’s fund development program and growing its fundraising support.


  • Develop, prepare, and execute an annual development plan to fulfill the mission.
  • Staff the Fund Development Committee and assist the committee and board members in ways that encourage their interest and involvement in fundraising.
  • Identify, cultivate and steward individual and major donors.
  • Research current, past and prospective individual donors to identify prospects for new or increased giving.
  • Develop innovative strategies for attracting new donors.
  • Prepare donor profiles, prospect lists, and contact tracking.
  • Prepare customized donor materials and meet personally with donors.
  • Plan and manage donor events.
  • Create and manage annual/year-round giving and campaigns via mail, email and online (year-end appeal, Giving Tuesday, Facebook Giving, STL Gives, etc.)
  • Identify, solicit and maintain relationships with corporate sponsors for events and programs, in-kind gifts, and with corporate teams for the Walk to End Lupus Now.
  • Research and prepare grants and oversee project budgets and records for grant fulfillment obligations.
  • Maintain the donor database and paper records of contributors and grants.
  • Process recurring gifts and pledge reminders in keeping with donors’ instructions.
  • Monitor all donor information and provide statistical analysis and reports to the CEO and board.
  • Assist with fund raising events and programs as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years of experience in a nonprofit development office.
  • Experience/comfort in working with high net worth donors and corporate CEOs.
  • Excellent, persuasive, and diplomatic communicator – in person, over the phone, and in writing – with the ability to prepare proposals, materials, reports, and correspondence.
  • Strong problem solving and negotiating skills. Highly creative/innovative with abilities to persuade and motivate others.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and be creative.
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently, and able to effectively multitask.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including ability to listen, observe and interact well with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Results oriented with ability to focus on and meet deadlines and goals.
  • Team player with ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
  • Understanding of social media platforms and online fundraising strategies.
  • Experience with donor database management with the ability to analyze data and information to drive strategic development. Experience with e-Tapestry is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher.


  • Ability to drive, valid driver’s license and current insurance required.
  • Must be available for some evening and weekend work as required.
  • Occasional travel by car throughout chapter territory with some overnight trips.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to tolerate long periods of sitting.
  • Ability to demonstrate the physical stamina to do some walking, stooping, squatting, kneeling, and bending.
  • Ability to lift, push or pull objects weighing 25 pounds.

Position begins in January 2020.


Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Amy Ondr, Heartland Chapter President & CEO at  Submissions that do not include all three items will not be considered.  No calls please.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter ensures equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived), or any other characteristic protected by law.