Vice President of Development and the Holland Home Foundation, Holland Home and Faith Hospice, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Vice President of Development and the Holland Home Foundation


Holland Home and Faith Hospice, Grand Rapids, Michigan

About the Position

Position Summary

As a faith-based, mission-driven organization, Holland Home is seeking a Vice President of Development and the Holland Home Foundation who is a dynamic and compassionate leader with strong Christian values, a mission focus, and proven interpersonal, relationship-building skills. 

This key leader promotes Biblical stewardship and provides overall leadership to the development efforts for Holland Home and Faith Hospice. 

Job Duties

Primary responsibilities are to plan, organize, supervise and implement the fund raising and development programs to raise required non-operating funds to support and enhance the mission of Holland Home and Faith Hospice.


Desired Skills and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in management, communications, public relations, human services or a related field of study; master’s degree and/or professional certification is strongly preferred (e.g. Certified Fund-Raising Executive)

  • Five or more years of fund-raising experience with preference given to experience in a development management capacity
  • Demonstrated skill and success in fund raising
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational and leadership skills and demonstrated ability to motivate, manage and inspire people
  • Demonstrated skill and success in fund raising and planned giving

How to Apply

If you are passionate about quality senior living and desire to be a vital part of leading Holland Home’s Development Team, please consider applying in confidence on our website at

About the Organization

About Christian Living Services/Holland Home

As Michigan’s largest non-profit provider of senior services, Christian Living Services/Holland Home is comprised of 8 complementary organizations that serve the needs of seniors.  Our reputation for high quality services and long-term stability in the senior retirement living and health care field is unsurpassed. Our roots as Holland Home started in 1892 providing independent, assisted, and skilled nursing living options for seniors.  We have grown as the needs of those we serve have grown.  Over the years, Holland Home has continued to innovate and expand its residential and community-based services to improve the living and care of older adults.  Today, Christian Living Services is one of Michigan’s largest nonprofit providers of senior services.  Continuing our dedication to our community, we employ over 1,500 people and care for over 5,000 souls daily, living our mission to fulfill God’s calling to serve others.

Major Gifts Officer-Grand Rapids campus, Covenant House Michigan

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Major Gifts Officer-Grand Rapids campus


Covenant House Michigan

About the Position

General Description: Responsible for creating and implementing CHM’s overall strategy for a donor relations plan to help facilitate individual and major giving solicitations and portfolio management for the Grand Rapids campus. Develops all major gift collateral to donors and facilitate ways to capture information to support the individual gift pipeline. Develops and manages in-bound and out-bound donor relationships strategy with Executive Director and Director of Development and Communications to build their portfolios. Monthly analysis of the donor pipeline to facilitate robust portfolio management.

FLSA: Exempt.

Reports to: Director of Development and Communications.

Job Duties

Primary responsibilities:

  1. Uphold Covenant House Michigan standards of conduct, policies and procedures in the spirit of the Covenant House Mission at all times.
  2. Attend and participate in all scheduled or mandatory meetings, training and supervision sessions requested.
  3. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual and major giving donors to meet financial and metric goals set by the Director of Development and Communications.
  4. Ability to develop and grow a donor stewardship program and work collaboratively with the major gift/planned giving team members.
  5. Analyze all records and communications with current and prospective planned gift donors.
  6. Create and implement a donor relations strategy and portfolio management for the Director of Development and Communications and the Executive Director.
  7. Utilize databases to create new donor information and monitor existing donor activity.
  8. Work closely with Development Team to coordinate fund development activities and donor solicitation. 
  9. Perform all other tasks as requested by the Director of Development and Communications.

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Covenant House Michigan administration.


Educational and work experience requirements:

  1. Bachelor degree in Fundraising, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related field preferred.
  2. Minimum 5-8 years’ experience in closing five and six-figure gifts,  donor relations and development of donor communications materials.
  3. PC/Computer literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  4. Valid Michigan Driver’s license with acceptable driving record as required by insurance company.
  5. Sufficient health, ability, experience, and education to perform the assigned duties with or without accommodation.
  6. Belief in Covenant House Michigan Mission Statement and desire to fulfill the mission.
  7. Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and religious differences among agency clients and targeted populations.

Essential skills and abilities:

  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, representatives of other agencies and the public.
  2. Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with both internal and external individuals and/or businesses.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  3. Moderate sitting, standing and eyestrain.
  4. Ability to drive agency or personal vehicles to transport items and/or persons.
  5. Ability to work primarily at desk/computer for approximately 8 hours per day.
  6. Ability to lift and/or move objects typically weighing 5-35 pounds.
  7. Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects.
  8. Ability to represent the organization and interface with all levels of staff and donors while maintaining tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  9. Self-motivated and exercises leadership skills when needed.

How to Apply

To apply, candidates can go to the website,

Questions can be directed to:

Ida L. Benson

Director of Development and Communications

Covenant House Michigan

Office: (313) 463-2007

Cell: (586) 612-5626

About the Organization

Covenant House Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.  CHM will not discriminate against any otherwise qualified employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disabilities or other legally protected status.

Consultant, Kennari Consulting

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Kennari Consulting

About the Position

We are seeking to add a Consultant position (preferably full-time, part-time negotiable) to collaborate and consult with a variety of nonprofit clients both in campaigns and annual giving fundraising.

What we offer:

We are committed to our employees and provide a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.  We believe in growth, advancement, and invest in professional development.  Employees are encouraged to identify areas for growth and work with their supervisors to find and participate in professional development opportunities, ranging from webinars and classes to occasional conferences.  We are fast-paced and committed to the work. We are seeking a leader willing to bring their authentic self to work each day.  If you are truly interested in partnering with nonprofits to create real community change, come join our team and help our company live out its mission today and long into the future. 

Job Duties

Key areas of accountability:

  • Build capacity in clients by acting in assigned roles and utilizing team members
    • Work closely with the Kennari team as an active participant and collaborative partner assigned to various clients. 
    • Act in partnership with annual giving clients to install a relationship-based model of philanthropy for long-term fund development success.  Help clients with major gift programs, donor communication plans, event strategies, grassroots and peer to peer campaigns, and board development.
    • Act in partnership with campaign clients to develop feasibility study lists, participate in feasibility study interviews, guide organizations in the development of campaign strategies, coach on cabinet development, gift solicitations, stewardship, cultivation, and campaign completion.
    • Guide clients in building diverse and productive volunteer/event committees, campaign cabinets, and boards of directors. Assist staff and volunteers in working together to meet goals.
  • Participate in company committees and offer a new perspective
    • Bring personal/professional experiences and a new lens to current processes and practices to better engage the full community in fundraising. 
    • Identify opportunities for innovation and to build more equitable practices and outcomes.
  • Support lead generation/prospecting
    • Actively engage and network with the community, identifying opportunities for new or increased partnerships.
    • Give presentations on fundraising topics for various groups (live and virtual).
  • Manage contract relationships/deliverables and act as lead staff as assigned



  • Minimum 3 years of fund development experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a synergistic team, with a strong customer-service orientation. 
  • Professional presentation, with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently and efficiently, working in a hybrid of in-person and virtual meetings, with occasional travel.  Office, and majority of the team, is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Email/Calendars, and comfort with technology (texting, email to phone, virtual meeting platforms, Dropbox, apps for hours tracking/parking/etc.)

How to Apply

Please email with any questions or to apply.  Kennari Consulting is an equal opportunity employer. 

About the Organization

Since our start in 2007, Kennari Consulting has sought new thinking and smarter approaches to fundraising that serve the realities of the day and also strengthen nonprofits for the future.  Our mission is to change the face of philanthropy, moving nonprofits of all sizes to greater capacity and meaningful impact within the communities they serve.  We want to see more organizations with better tools and the resources they need – connecting donors to missions, using best practices, and engaging a broader community of donors.

Our vision is a future with strong communities supported by sustainable organizations, leading to generational change. Our company will model equitable practices to increase the voice and impact of those whom our clients serve. Our clients flourish because we partner and walk alongside them as they grow their efforts to fulfill their missions through sound business practices and inclusive, asset-based frameworks both in fundraising and program/project development. We are also a resource to the philanthropic community as partners in this work to create a more compassionate, healthier, and more just society.

Each team member supports and enhances Kennari Consulting’s culture and values:


Teaching is at the core of what we do at Kennari – it’s even in our name. Helping clients understand the ‘why’ of our process ensures their success is long-term. And to be good teachers, we are always learning too. Philanthropy must be responsive to a changing world – new generations of donors, shifting economic trends, and evolving technology.


Helping our clients achieve the results they need to advance their mission and serve their constituents is how we measure our success. Our holistic approach to consulting means we are always looking at the big picture, but decades of collective experience allows us to help clients prioritize for the greatest impact. Whether it is ensuring an event meets its goal, building the infrastructure for a successful capital campaign, or securing grant funds for a new program, our results-oriented process prioritizes equitable outcomes and long-term impacts.


Nothing meaningful can be built without trust. Our commitment to acting with honesty and transparency ensures we are always accountable – this extends to our clients, their constituents, and the community of donors that support them. We will never give advice that goes against that commitment and we will practice compassionate honesty with clients to ensure we can always stand behind our work.


We strive to ensure that each member of the Kennari team reflects the organizational ethos of capable expertise, and that we are always prepared and ready to lead. Our team is professional, responsive, and creative in meeting the needs of our clients. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond our company’s reputation or a client’s bottom line – it’s a commitment to advancing the work of transforming communities for the betterment of all. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We recognize that every individual possesses unique human experiences which shape their strengths, talents, and contributions within the workplace and within the community. We believe that these diverse skills and perspectives are essential to successfully supporting our clients through a comprehensive range of services. Therefore, we seek to engage diverse talent and intentionally promote an inclusive environment where every person’s strengths, skills, perspectives, and contributions are valued and utilized to design collaborative efforts between our staff and our clients.

We are prioritizing diversity – and are leaning into the reality that there is a lot to learn.

Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Aquinas College

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Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations


Aquinas College

About the Position

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is accepting applications for the position of Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations.

The Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations develops strategies and leads execution of the plan to raise annual operating revenue for the College. The position is responsible for broadening constituent participation in Aquinas College philanthropy and creates entry points to the advancement pipeline, leading to annual, planned, major, capital and endowment gifts. The position leads alumni communication and is the liaison to the Alumni Association Leadership Council.

Location: Grand Rapids, MI.

Department: Advancement.

Hours: 40.

Status: Full Time.

Aquinas College offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental, and vision plans, paid vacation, paid sick time, and college paid life and AD&D insurance. Additionally, Aquinas employees and their dependents are eligible for free tuition at Aquinas after one year of full time employment.

Job Duties

Essential Job Functions Includes:
• Collaborates with the Alumni & Community Relations team, supporting one another’s projects and identifying ways to maximize resources to achieve individual and common goals.
• Develops and implements a strategic engagement plan to further connect and cultivate a culture of philanthropy among alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, retirees and friends of Aquinas.
• Evaluates data and identifies alumni who have affinity and propensity to give in order to gain support in annual and major gifts, managing a portfolio of individual and corporate donors with gifts ranging from $500 to $5,000.
• Develops and leads execution of annual giving plan (Annual Fund) and strategy to retain donors with support from Alumni & Community Relations team.
• Develops and launches the $500 annual giving Leadership Club, leads execution of plan, retains and grows membership and revises plan as needed.
• Oversees annual giving and retention activities, including:
—— Phone campaign/student call center.
—— Direct mail and email solicitations and stewardship.
—— Digital and other giving platforms.
—— Annual faculty, staff and retiree campaign.
—— Special events including a Leadership Club celebration, Saintsgiving Day, Wege Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Thank-a-Giver Day and #WeLoveAQ week.
• Mobilizes alumni, parents and others in support of College goals with an emphasis on admissions and retention of students.
• Reports on participation and financial results compared to established goals.
• Identifies best practices and benchmarks results over time with peer organizations for both annual giving and alumni relations.
• Manages alumni and friends social media channels, monthly enews and online alumni network.
• Serves as the liaison of the Alumni Association Leadership Council and ensures participation of its members.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Qualifications Includes:
• Must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, ideally with a focus in communication, Advancement/Development and/or marketing.
• Must have at least three years of experience in a development or marketing field
• Must demonstrate an understanding of strategic planning and experience with cross-functional teams with multiple stakeholders.
• Must have experience with CRM (Raiser’s Edge preferred) database and social media.
• Must demonstrate strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
• Must be able to travel as required.
• Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
• Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

How to Apply

Please apply at:

Please Note: To apply you will need to upload your cover letter and resume in PDF formatting.

About the Organization

Aquinas College, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizing career preparation focused on leadership, service to others, and a lifelong passion for learning. Aquinas offers an inclusive and welcoming environment. Aquinas College is committed to recruiting talented and diverse faculty and staff who are capable of exposing its students to a wide range of cultures and perspectives and whose presence on the campus will enhance the diversity of the community in which the College resides.

Aquinas College has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity and a work environment which is free of unlawful harassment or discrimination. Aquinas College provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran or active duty military status, familial status, height, weight, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable law.

Director of Major and Planned Gifts, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Job Title

Director of Major and Planned Gifts


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

About the Position

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is recruiting a Director of Major and Planned Gifts.  The Director of Major and Planned Gifts (The director) is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects with the ability to make gifts of $50,000 or more to the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. The director will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 100 to 150 major and planned gift prospects. The director will play a leadership role in the multi-year comprehensive fundraising campaign of the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine that is anticipated to run from 2021 to 2031.

Job Duties

Essential Duties:


  • Responsible for leading a major gift program of the medical school, focused on:
    • securing both current use and endowed gifts for student scholarships,
    • current use and endowed resources for endowed faculty positions,
    • securing current use and endowed funds for medical students and medical resident research projects, and
    • current use and endowed funds to support space naming opportunities for new and existing campus facilities owned by WMed.
  • Responsible for stewarding major gifts to recognize donors for their support and communicate the impact these gifts have made to the medical school.
  • Market and encourage the use of donation of appreciated stock to fund charitable gifts to the medical school.


  • Responsible for managing relationships with planned giving prospects of the medical school.
  • Regular communication with planned gift donors and donor prospects (individuals aged 55 and older).
  • Responsible for preparing gift illustrations for charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, and sharing information on bequest intentions, rollover IRA gifts, gifts of real and personal property, and gifts of appreciated securities.
  • Responsible for planning annual meetings for planned gift council advisors to keep up-to-date on the mission and giving priorities for the medical school.
  • Plans a regular series of engagement communication activities and events with planned gift donor prospects.
  • Makes use of annual subscription services with the Crescendo Company to distribute a regular planned giving electronic newsletter, and literature and information in publications targeted to seniors.
  • Responsible for managing outreach and engagement with retirees of the medical school.


  • Makes 5-15 visits with donor prospects each month qualify, solicit, and steward major and planned gift donors of the medical school.
  • Establishes annual goals for managing WMed major and Planned gift prospects.
  • Manages his/her/their time to thoughtfully complete 12 solicitations of $50,000 or more each year and from these solicitations to secure $1 million in new gift commitments each fiscal year.
  • Use Salesforce database system to record activity with major and planned gift prospects in his/her/their portfolio.
  • Works with WMed Philanthropy council members, as well as members of the medical school leadership team to cultivate, solicit and steward major and planned gift prospects.
  • Availability to work on weekends and evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three or more years of either major gift fundraising or planned gift fundraising.
  • Prior experience soliciting outright gifts of $50,000 or more.
  • A conversational knowledge of basic planned gift vehicles and concepts.
  • Valid driver’s license and a car to attend meetings and visit donor prospects.
  • Strong communication skills in-person, over the telephone, in group settings, and in writing. Prior experience soliciting current use and endowed gifts for scholarships and financial aid.
  • Prior experience in marketing and promoting gift opportunities that enhance organizational programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Prior experience using a database system like Salesforce, or Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.
  • Prior experience working in higher education, healthcare or medical school fundraising.
  • Prior event planning experience.
  • Comfort working with financial information.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow.
  • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants should also apply online at  All other open positions are located on our main website at

About the Organization

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is an exciting environment to pursue and academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon the $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed received a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school in June 2021. WMed contributed to the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties in 2020.

WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. WMed offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support its mission to educate and inspire lifelong learners, WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, WMed ForenTox, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. 

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace. 

EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.