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Director of Donor Relations

Posted: 02/11/2024

As Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus, Wayside Waifs prepares pets and people for the bond of their lives. More than 25,000 pets and people are served annually through pet adoptions, youth education, canine training programs, community outreach, pet memorial services, and more. Wayside is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity with local, regional, and national programming. We are supported by private donations and grants. To see all of the animals available for adoptions, to donate, or to learn more about how you can get involved, visit

STARTING SALARY: $70,000 - $75,000

  1. Manage a portfolio of 100 donors with giving potential of $10,000+ gifts.
  2. Create, manage, and implement Donor Engagement Plans for each assigned donor, based on their interests and passions.
  3. Create donor proposals/grant requests, project budgets, donor asks, and recognition.
  4. Manage Purr Gamma Bark, Wayside’s sorority/auxiliary group.
  5. Generate monthly reports with caseload progress.
  6. Perform other duties as required.
  1. Meet with individual, corporate, and foundation representatives to engage them in support of Wayside’s mission. When appropriate and requested by the donor, work with the Donor Relations Team to organize onsite or offsite donor cultivation events/activities.
  2. Qualifying and disqualifying donors. Retaining and upgrading donors.
  3. Working with shelter staff to gather information needed to create inspiring donor proposals.
  4. Writing donor proposals, grant requests, and submitting grant reports.
  5. Creating timely reports to keep the team updated on confirmed and projected gifts.
  6. Being a team player. 


  1. Enthusiasm for building relationships and connecting with community members
  2. Non-judgmental attitude and open mindedness, even in difficult situations
  3. High level of organization and ability to manage many different components of the Donor Relations Program, which includes special event fundraising, corporate fundraising, grant writing for Foundation support, and implementing Purr Gamma Bark, Wayside’s Auxiliary Donor Membership Program
  4. Comfortable interacting with dogs and cats 


  • 5+ years in donor relations/fundraising – as a fundraiser, director of development, and/or major gift officer is required
  • Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism, nonprofit management, liberal arts, or similar field is preferred
  • CFRE preferred
  • Experience working with high-level donors and corporate executives securing gifts, nonprofit engagement, and/or sponsorships
  • Excellent communication, presentation skills, and writing skills
  • Computer skills, which include basic knowledge of Microsoft office products. Raiser’s Edge NXT is preferred. 
Working Environment  
  • Both office and outdoor settings.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and be willing to drive the Wayside Waifs’ van.
  • Willing to travel to area locations in year-round weather conditions
  • Ability to use computer, telephone, copy machines, media equipment.
  • May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, noise level is moderate to high, frequently working with and exposed to a variety of animals.
Just as Wayside Waifs has committed to providing compassionate care for the thousands of homeless animals who enter our shelter each year, we are equally committed to providing a healthy and humane working environment for our employees. Wayside Waifs is an EOE and is looking for diversity in candidates for employment. If you are interested in this position and would like to learn more about Wayside Waifs, please visit our website at Along with your application, please submit your resume, letter of interest, and three professional references. 

Wayside Waifs offers the following benefits:

-  Medical, Dental, Life, LTD, Vision and EAP
-  401(k)
-  PTO (Vacation and Sick Time)
-  Six and a half paid Holidays
- Three Floating Flex Days

To apply for this position, please visit our website at 



Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999