Donor Relations Manager

Orchestra Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA Fundraising / Sales $35,000 to $39,000 yearly


Founded in 1923, Orchestra Iowa is widely recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra. Its 68 professional musicians showcase their artistic excellence through more than 180 classical, ballet, opera, popular, chamber and educational performances each season, many of which are heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television. Orchestra Iowa currently has an annual operating budget of approximately $3 million, operates under a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of Musicians and is a member of the League of American Orchestras and the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA).

Donor Relations Manager

Orchestra Iowa is seeking a dynamic individual who is passionate about the arts, especially fine symphonic music to support the fundraising needs of Orchestra Iowa with cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts. This individual will manage a portfolio of individual and corporate supporters to advance Orchestra Iowa’s mission and vision. The Donor Relations Manager position is an integral component to the overall success of the Orchestra’s fund development efforts to 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 is a must
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle


Salary commensurate with experience. Orchestra Iowa provides medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, downtown parking and many other benefits.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume with three references and any salary requirements via email, No phone calls

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Donor Relations Manager

Orchestra Iowa

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Job ID: 70433

Posted 17 days ago

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