Philanthropy Officer – Corporate Partnerships

Website Lutheran Social Services

Creating a better world by serving people in need.

For more than 100 years, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) has provided people in need with the most basic of human needs: food, shelter, safety and healing. Over time our services have evolved to meet the needs of the people we serve—and in doing so, we have grown into one of the largest nonprofits in central Ohio. LSS is a Network of Hope offering food through our LSS Food Pantries, housing and supportive services through LSS Faith Mission and LSS Faith Mission of Fairfield County homeless shelters, linkages and referrals to basic needs through LSS 211 Central Ohio, and domestic violence services through LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. Additionally, we operate senior living and health care, affordable housing communities and other services that uplift families and strengthen communities.

LSS has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Philanthropy Officer to lead and grow our corporate donor program. The Philanthropy Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding corporate donors to help support LSS programs, building and deepening relationships with corporate partners, developing retention and upgrade strategies, and engaging corporate partners in philanthropic and volunteer opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages a portfolio of corporate donors and prospects, working to steward relationships and secure continued support of LSS and its Network of Hope programs.
  • Develops and executes strategies to engage corporate partners in meaningful opportunities with LSS including financial support, in-kind donations, employee engagement and volunteerism.
  • Creates and implement a year-round stewardship plan to deepen relationships with corporate partners.
  • Actively solicits and secures sponsorships to reach the sponsorship goals for special initiatives. Oversees and manages sponsor benefit fulfilment, invoicing, and payment collection, to execute benefits properly and fully.
  • Meets all deadlines and ensures timely submission of funding requests, reports, stewardship touchpoints and other communications.
  • Identifies and capitalizes on growth and broadening opportunities for existing corporate donors.
  • Collaborates with staff and board members to identify and cultivate prospective corporate partners aligned with LSS’ mission and goals.
  • Maintains and ensures accurate, up-to-date information and action tracking on corporate partners in the donor database.
  • Develops and delivers presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participates in events and networking opportunities to grow awareness about LSS’ mission and elevate partnership opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field.


  • 7+years philanthropy experience including 2+ years of corporate relations focus.
  • CFRE certification helpful.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven experience in identifying, soliciting, cultivating, and stewarding donors or clients, preferably corporate supporters.
  • Results driven with demonstrated success in achieving goals and meeting targets.
  • Demonstrated success managing high-end relationships or corporate accounts. High degree of initiative and prioritization skills.
  • Strong community impact perspective and basic knowledge of business management and budgeting cycles in for-profit organizations.
  • Comfortable engaging with all levels of donors, including corporate leadership and board members.
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills. Enjoy working on a team and face-to-face interactions with all types of people.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills and strong influencing abilities.
  • Strong strategic planning skills, with the ability to see the short and the long views.
  • Excellent database management skills. Dedication to recording information and a strong understanding of how to use data to inform the work; experience with Raiser’s Edge/NXT or other fundraising database desired.
  • Ability to analyze and integrate information from relevant sources.
  • Ability for occasional same-day travel within the LSS central and southeast Ohio territory.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office products.

To apply for this job please visit