American Heart Association

Individual Giving Advisor

Location US-TX-Houston
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/8/2021 5:23 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Family Group
Direct Sales
Job Category
Individual & Institutional Giving


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?


Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!


This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.



The American Heart Association has a professional fundraising opportunity for an Advisor, Individual Giving in Houston, Texas!


The Advisor, Individual Giving is responsible for cultivating relationships with both current and past AHA donors who have a proven interest in the mission, qualifying and cultivating prospective donors who are not currently associated with AHA to connect them with our mission, and for being a subject matter expert on the American Heart Association’s restricted fundraising programs and for securing donations of $100,000 or more while moving donors to their highest level of commitment and involvement.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Complete minimum of 150 face-to-face donor and prospective donor visits each fiscal year to develop and manage an individual portfolio of approximately 50 individual donors across the assigned region with the ability to give $100 thousand or more.   Responsible for closing between $1 million and $1.5 million minimum annually from individual donors through a variety of giving mechanisms including but not limited to outright, stock, family foundation, deferred mechanisms, planned gift mechanisms, etc.
  • Conduct solicitation of 24 six and seven figure gifts annually for restricted and unrestricted purposes.
  • Cross-collaborate across the organization to develop and execute strategies and opportunities to identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects to support the mission of the American Heart Association. .  Be a resource and leader in transforming donor and volunteer relationships across field campaigns. Create and leverage customized strategic events in select markets to cultivate donor relationships. Attend and support region market activities and social events, Health Strategies events, and other hallmark events that drive the AHA’s overall unrestricted revenue campaign.
  • Work with local teams to steward and grow the organization’s annual and lifetime Giving Society donors. Serve as a thought leader for cultivation and stewardship of these individuals. Work along local team to maintain accurate reporting of these annual gifts.
  • Create and execute individual strategies for donors and prospects in portfolio to ensure growth of donor relationships.  Work with Mission Advancement Team to secure appropriate project information, including budgets, and create offers, proposals and asks that will be used to secure gifts.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of all activities in donor database (BBCRM).  Report activity, trends, progress and results to National Team Leader, Major Gifts, association-wide Donor Relations team, or other various internal audiences on a monthly basis 
  • Participate in training activities and work with other Team members to develop programs and strategies to advance the Major Gifts effort. 

Want to help get your resume to the top?   Take a look at the experience we require:  


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience:
    • in fundraising or sales with at least one year focused on major gifts or large accounts, preferably supporting large scale research on health and/or community issues.
    • in identifying and developing major giving and/or engagement opportunities that align with organizational mission, goals and strategies at national and local levels.
    • with all areas of cultivation, solicitation and closing sales or fundraising.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of previous experience working with complex donors or clients representing $100,000 or more in revenue or philanthropy with proven fundraising or sales results at the six- and seven-figure level.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills with all levels of staff, prospects, volunteers and donors
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills    
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time with an additional 60% local/daily travel within your territory.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Knowledge of the philanthropic landscape.
  • Experience using donor relationship management software, such as BBCRM, Blackbaud, Dynamics and/or Raiser’s Edge.


At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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