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Vice President of Philanthropy

Kansas City Symphony
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

Kansas City Symphony is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and experienced Vice President of Philanthropy to lead our fundraising and philanthropic initiatives. The VP of Philanthropy will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to support the Symphony’s growing artistic and community engagement goals. With a focus on innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, the successful candidate will bring an analytical and goal-oriented approach to the team. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a proven track record of cultivating and stewarding major donors and correlated fundraising efforts while setting and exceeding aggressive fundraising benchmarks.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership. Formalizing and refining fundraising operations:

  • Lead the continued maturation of the Symphony’s philanthropy program by creating and implementing systems and processes to optimize fundraising operations.
  • Establish performance measurements related to all components of contributed revenue.
  • Monitor and evaluate operational effectiveness while implementing changes required for improvement and adjusting fundraising goals as needed.
  • Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in the database. Prepare reports, update donor records, and assist with database maintenance as needed.
  • Supervise and mentor a team of experienced fundraising professionals, providing guidance, resources, and support in executing successful fundraising initiatives.
  • Foster a collaborative, supportive, and results-driven culture within the philanthropy team.

Major Gifts and Donor Cultivation. Advancing and inspiring new and renewed commitments:

  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 50- 75 major donors, foundations, and corporations to secure significant and transformational financial annual support of $25,000+.
  • Delegate and monitor effective fulfillment of a robust sponsorship and donor benefits program.
  • Build a Board Philanthropy committee and serve as the staff lead in support of the Philanthropy committee’s strategy and focus on advancing donor relationships and securing gifts.


Partnership, Collaboration and Communication. Breaking down silos and building connections:

  • Develop a dynamic partnership with the President & CEO to advance the best possible donor engagement strategy in pursuit of elevated gifts.
  • Support the President and CEO and key leaders in fundraising by conducting and providing prospect research; developing briefing memos and remarks; crafting gift request materials; and managing full meeting preparations and follow-up.
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to elevate their role in fundraising and foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Marketing to develop, implement, and manage strategic communications efforts that effectively promote the organization, including letters, email, social media, and printed publications.


  • A passion for performing arts and innovation in the industry.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field; advanced degree or CFRE certification is a plus.
  • Proven track record of successfully raising significant funds in a nonprofit or cultural institution.
  • 5-8 years of successful revenue-generating experience, with a broad and deep knowledge of philanthropy and a track record of securing major gifts.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience leading and inspiring a high-performing team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire a diverse range of stakeholders.


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Kansas City Symphony also offers a generous suite of benefits including a PPO health insurance plan with dental and vision benefits, along with a 403(b) plan with employer match, disability insurance, and maternity benefits.

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