Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist

Job Locations US-WI-Wauwatosa
Position Type
Full Time


Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious. We are home to the world-renowned Blood Research Institute, we enable life saving gifts from our donors, and provide the science behind the medicine through our diagnostic laboratories. Versiti brings together outstanding minds with unparalleled experience in transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cells and cellular therapies, oncology and genomics, diagnostic lab services, and medical and scientific expertise. This combination of skill and knowledge results in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for hospitals, blood centers, hospital systems, research and educational institutions, and other health care providers. At Versiti, we are passionate about improving the lives of patients and helping our healthcare partners thrive.

Position Summary

With support and leadership from the Vice President of Philanthropy, this position develops proposals to obtain funding from organizations, including private and corporate foundations, for investment in strategic funding priorities of Versiti Blood Research Institute and Versiti, Inc. This role has the primary responsibility for identifying, educating, inviting, and acquiring corporate and foundation donors. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator drafts proposals for Corporate and Foundation donors based on their areas of interest. Proposals are reviewed by the Vice President of Philanthropy and EVP for Research.


  • Understands the nature and peculiarities of corporate and foundation programs and the relevant administrative and financial regulations.
  • Develops and implements goals and objectives for the Corporate and Foundation fundraising program.
  • Work with Versiti Executive Leadership Team to identify and solicit vendors for the annual Imagine Gala.
  • Work with those Vendor Sponsors to secure logos and to deliver benefits at various donor levels.
  • Works as a partner with researchers on a variety of fundraising initiatives and maintains and enhances collaborative relationships with Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation, Board members, and benefactors.
  • Responsible for conducting local, regional, and national corporate and foundation research to identify viable philanthropic partners that complement the work of researchers/investigators and staff at the Versiti Blood Research Institute and Versiti Inc.
  • Prepares and presents proposals to prospective philanthropic partners and/or their Boards and advisors.
  • Maintains an understanding and knowledge of corporate foundation fundraising techniques, for use in impact and principal gift invitations.
  • Organizes and prepares for visits to/from corporate and foundation benefactors; and include appropriate colleagues, researchers, board members and other natural partners.
  • Prepares monthly progress reports detailing current and potential benefactor activity
  • Maintains personal professional growth and development plan.
  • Works with colleagues in Marketing and Blood Operations to raise funds in support of Blood Operations.
  • Maintains a positive image when dealing with executive staff, benefactors, potential philanthropic partners, Board and Committee members, fundraisers, and other colleagues
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards



  • Bachelor's Degree required


  • 4+ years experience in Corporate and Foundation fundraising required
  • Experience working in a biomedical or scientific research environment preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional organizational, strategic, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and consultative manner with researchers, administrators, and staff.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge donor database system helpful.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication (oral and written) skills and collaborative team building skills to include facilitation and presentation skills with an engaging delivery style
  • Ability to work effectively with various levels of the organization and manage stress well
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive situations, maintaining confidentiality
  • Capable of working under pressure in a high activity environment
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Proficient with other Microsoft office software

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive or similar credentials preferred
  • Valid driver’s license for assigned state and access to a vehicle required

Tools and Technology

  • Personal Computer (desktop, laptop, tablet) required
  • General office equipment (computer, printer, fax, copy machine) required
  • Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required



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