Donor Relations Manager

Orchestra Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA Fundraising / Human Services & Non-Profit
Donor Relations Manager supports the fundraising processes of Orchestra Iowa with cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts by managing a portfolio of individual and corporate supporters to advance the organization’s mission and vision. This position will be integral to the overall success of the Orchestra’s fund development efforts by his/her ability to foster a culture of deepened partnerships and relationships for Orchestra Iowa, the Orchestra Iowa School and the Opus Concert Café.



  • Develop strategies to maximize individual philanthropic support from a portfolio of individual donors through a variety of mediums including personal solicitation, direct mail, and electronic/tele-fundraising
  • Research, identify, and rank prospective donors; support moves management strategies
  • Identify best prospects for new and increased gifts and collaborate with Patron Engagement team to design strategies to increase engagement
  • Ensure accurate and timely patron correspondence, including solicitation, acknowledgment, and pledge reminder letters
  • Monitor and execute all stewardship initiatives, including benefit fulfillment, follow up calls, Board & donor partnership initiative, etc.
  • Make recommendations to enhance donor stewardship processes
  • Maintain a portfolio of corporate donors; devise and execute strategies to encourage increased engagement from within the portfolio and recommend new prospects for sponsorship
  • Represent Orchestra Iowa at performances, events, and in the community


  • Participate in all Special Event staff committees to brainstorm and execute events that will introduce new patrons to Orchestra Iowa’s programs and generate additional financial support
  • Partner event chairs and committees to secure underwriting for fundraising events
  • Assist with coordinating logistics, promotion, sponsor recognition and execution of fundraising events
  • Identify and solicit prospective event sponsors


  • Actively participate in the success of all fundraising efforts of Orchestra Iowa, including endowment, capital, and special campaigns


  • Assist the Board, CEO, and Development team in executing strategies to achieve fundraising and event revenue goals
  • Ensure grant and gift compliance by submitting required reports and acknowledgments adhering to IRS regulations and best practices
  • Partner with Patron Engagement team to create and monitor a comprehensive communications calendar, incorporating funding appeals, direct mail, email communication, grant deadlines, and other required communications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Supervisory Responsibilities – None


  • Bachelors degree and at least 2 to 4 years of fundraising experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Driven by building and stewarding great relationships
  • Diplomacy in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Collaborative workstyle with a desire to excel in a team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and succeed within a fast-paced work environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
  • Experience with Tessitura or other patron relationship database preferred
  • Passion for the arts a must

Application Instructions:

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Donor Relations Manager

Orchestra Iowa

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Job ID: 68946

Posted 19 days ago

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