Foundation Giving Officer

The Foundation Giving Officer will serve as an important member of the institutional advancement department, reporting to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving. The position interfaces with foundation program officers, executives and board members; collaborates with curators, educators, exhibition project managers and others on proposal development, presentations, and events; supports trustees and Museum volunteers in fundraising; and provides essential knowledge, planning, and follow-through to meet the Museum’s fundraising goals from private foundations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving, design strategic and operational plans for private foundation fundraising
  • Manage an assigned portfolio of 50-75 private foundations
  • Develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for assigned portfolio
  • Write and edit proposals, presentations, grant applications, reports, correspondence and meeting briefings
  • Initiate calls, meetings and site visits
  • Cultivate internal relationships to most effectively raise support for Museum funding priorities
  • Support Field Museum scientists and program staff in development of projects and budgets aligned with foundation priorities and guidelines and the museum’s strategic priorities
  • Maintain data for assigned portfolio in Raiser’s Edge database, including call reports, proposals, report deadlines and stewardship activities
  • Prepare and maintain proposal attachments, as required
  • Maintain files and records
  • Advocate for The Field Museum and its funding priorities to external constituencies
  • As a member of the Institutional Advancement department, support events and other stewardship activities, including mailings, event invitations, and event logistics
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of fundraising experience required, with foundation fundraising strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in managing relationships with private foundations required
  • Knowledge of Chicago foundation funding community preferred
  • Previous experience with a capital campaign, national foundations, and/or scientific research funding preferred
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to foster strong working relationships with internal and external constituents
  • Passion for science and commitment to The Field Museum’s mission and programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set and manage priorities, and meet deadlines and goals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising databases, and appropriate web-based applications and services
  • Ability to work productively with a variety of people; collaborative spirit
  • Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.

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