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Philanthropy Advisor

Department: External Afairs
Location: Memphis, TN

Philanthropy Advisor

DEPARTMENT: External Affairs

REPORTS TO: Director of Philanthropy

STATUS: Full Time / Exempt

Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi is one of Tennessee's oldest and largest private, non-profit health care agencies. For over 75 years, PPTNM has remained committed to providing high-quality, affordable reproductive services and education throughout Tennessee, north Mississippi, and parts of Arkansas and Kentucky. We have four health center locations in Tennessee - Memphis - Midtown, Memphis - Summer/I-240, Knoxville and Nashville.

Our mission is to improve health and well-being by providing high-quality, nonjudgmental sexual health care, honest and accurate sexuality education, and reproductive health and rights advocacy.


PPTNM, as both a healthcare provider and a participant of Medicare/Medicaid, is subject to certain laws, regulations and orders requiring its workforce to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants. PPTNM has therefore implemented a requirement that all employees be fully vaccinated. Candidates seeking employment with PPTNM will be required to: (1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants by their start date. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law, and (2) submit proof of vaccination by their start date as a condition of employment with PPTNM.


The Philanthropy Advisor is responsible for identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of individual lower mid-level donor prospects ($1,000-$9,999) in Tennessee and north Mississippi. This position will also support fundraising for Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood (TAPP) and Planned Parenthood Tennessee Action Fund (PPTNAF).


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Maintain and develop strong and engaged relationships with current mid-level donors and develop new relationships through cultivation and prospecting opportunities via one-on-one visits, small groups and other meaningful contacts.
  • Work closely and strategically with the Director of Philanthropy, the CDO, CEO, other senior staff, board members, and volunteers to engage them in key processes: donor identification, research, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation, as appropriate. Manage all of these processes.
  • Manage and grow mid-level giving program through creative strategies and dependable stewardship.
  • Work with Grants and Research Manager to build and maintain prospect research and discovery program. Develop and implement strategies for cultivation of both mid-level donors and prospects.
  • Sustain and expand financial contributions from mid-level donors and prospects.
  • Identify and refer mid-level donors for higher level engagement.
  • Represent PPTNM at key community events, using these opportunities as public relations, cultivation, and/or prospecting opportunities.
  • Work closely with other development staff to coordinate and integrate mid-level gifts work with the Annual Campaign, planned giving, other special campaigns, and grant-seeking efforts.
  • Record donor interactions, relationships, and other relevant information in the donor database in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Be a full participant on the Development team in analyzing metrics and crafting strategies to secure philanthropic gifts to the affiliate.
  • Approach donor strategy with the longevity of the affiliate, as well as the donor’s intent, in mind. Integrate planned giving and long-term stewardship plans as part of the solicitation process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Requires an understanding of and commitment to quality healthcare and excellent customer service.
  • Work Management: Ability to think strategically and achieve organization’s goals relating to position. Effectively manages time as a resource and meets deadlines; establishes realistic priorities; schedules own time and activities effectively; gives balanced focus and attention to appropriate long- and short-term priorities. Develops action plans; leverages technology; anticipates obstacles; establishes check points and monitors progress. Ability to take decisive action.
  • Building Relationships: Effective leadership capabilities; shows genuine interest in others’ needs and opinions; establishes rapport; earns the confidence and trust of others; demonstrates consistency between words and actions; delivers on commitments.
  • Communication: Speaks and presents effectively in individual or group situations, including appropriate nonverbal communication. Expresses ideas in a clear, thorough and concise manner. Actively listens to what others say. Writes using good grammatical form and appropriate style. Expresses ideas in a clear, thorough and concise manner. Ability to write clear, structured, articulate written donor materials, proposals, and reports. Comfortable and knowledgeable with discussing topics relating to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Integrity: Must be discreet and safeguard confidential information; can be relied on to act ethically.
  • Creativity or Innovation: Demonstrates the ability to generate novel and valuable ideas and to use the ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods or systems.
  • Adaptability or Flexibility: Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends and travel within and outside organization region as job dictates. Responds with flexibility to shifting priorities and changing work situations; recovers quickly from problems and setbacks; develops new skills to remain competitive. Adapts easily to change, sees the merits of differing positions, and adapts own positions and strategies in response to new information or changes to a situation.
  • Coping with Demands of the Position: Uses effective problem solving while working under pressure, high volume of work demands and/or time demands; meets deadlines.
  • Celebrates and exemplifies the core values of our organization: we tend to the team; we respect and honor all people; we jump in; we try and we learn; we care for our business; we return to our mission.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year College or higher preferred.

EXPERIENCE: At least three years of successful mid- and/or major-level gift fundraising experience, preferably in a team environment.


  • Competitive base salary commensurate with experience
  • 100% Employer paid Medical, Dental, Basic Life/AD&D, STD, LTD (Employee Only Coverage)
  • Voluntary Vision, “Buy-Up” options on Basic Life, Spouse, & Dependent
  • 401(k) plan with matching opportunity
  • Plum Benefits & Pet Insurance
  • Starting PTO of 15 vacation days within first year (pro-rated based on start date), 2 Floating Holidays and 10 Paid Holidays

This job description is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with this position. While intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to review and change this description as needed to maintain business goals and accomplishments. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically. This job description is not a contract.


Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, citizenship, disability, atypical hereditary cellular blood trait, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. PPTNM will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and any subsequent revisions or additions to related law/regulations.


PPTNM participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.





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