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Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Cure Alzheimer's Fund Wellesley, MA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Cure Alzheimer’s Fund seeks a proactive and thoughtful fundraising executive to serve in a strategic frontline role as Senior Philanthropic Advisor and contribute meaningfully to the organization’s vital mission of funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. The Senior Philanthropic Advisor will join a high-performing team of mission-driven professionals who have led the organization to higher levels of philanthropic success since its founding sixteen years ago.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Development, Morgan Herman, the Senior Philanthropic Advisor will personally build and manage a portfolio of high net worth individuals and families with direct involvement in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and principal level gifts (five-, six- and seven-figures), and advance conversations for blended and/or complex planned gifts. A significant base of donors resides on the West Coast, with significant opportunity in other regions of the U.S., including the potential to expand a nascent international fundraising program.

There will be further opportunity for this Senior Philanthropic Advisor to apply the organization’s venture capital business model – through which it acts proactively to identify research opportunities and synergies and creates a fast path to necessary resources – to their own exploration of new funding opportunities and engagements. This may include building multi-faceted corporate partnerships with socially conscious organizations, launching new events focused on principal and transformative gift prospects, and employing novel donor engagement vehicles including a new Trustee group.

Key to this role is the ability for identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high net worth individuals and organizations that provide the funding for increasingly complex research. An aptitude for and experience as a successful relationship builder and the ability to become a trusted source of information about Alzheimer’s disease is essential for this role. The Senior Philanthropic Advisor will work closely with senior staff colleagues and the Board of Directors as a key part of the organization’s Development team. They must exhibit strong professional judgment and exemplify the mission, core values and vision of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund including a compassionate, professional, and donor-centric demeanor in all communications with donors and other volunteers.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify and manage a domestic and international portfolio of individuals, foundations and corporations capable of making gifts of $50K-$1M+ with preliminary focus on West Coast prospects and donors. (Major gift minimum is currently $10K.)
  • Architect programs and events to engage and cultivate major donors that in themselves bring resources to Cure Alzheimer's Fund and lead to significant major gifts from individuals, and families.
  • Act as a liaison and nurture State of the Mind cultivation receptions that individuals, groups and organizations host for the benefit of Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
  • Identify and pursue long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations and foundations that offer expanded reach and contributions support for the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and its organizational priorities; structure proposals that capitalize on corporate giving and partnerships, foundation grants, and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Conduct donor research, as necessary.
  • Collaborate with other staff, within the Development team and across Cure Alzheimer's Fund, to continue growing the major donor base and fostering the engagement of donors and prospects.
  • Represent Cure Alzheimer's Fund to diverse constituencies to extend the brand and encourage collaboration and contributions.
  • Work with staff and volunteers on a broad array of projects and events to drive resources for research; may staff a new Trustee board and/or an International Council.
  • Travel approximately 25-50% of the time, including some weekends, to represent Cure Alzheimer's Fund once it is safe to do so.


  • A minimum of seven years of frontline fundraising focused on high net worth individuals; experience with corporate and/or foundation relations is helpful.
  • Demonstrated major donor event strategy, planning and implementation experience as well as leading engaged volunteer committees.
  • A practical understanding of estate planning including wills, trusts, and estate and gift tax implications, and deferred giving vehicles related to charitable giving.
  • Interest and knowledge in disease-specific medical research and/or demonstrated ability to convey information about other technical topics; prior experience in a complex research organization or academic medicine is helpful.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, one that takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones.
  • Tested ability to work closely with high-level decision makers, board directors, and other top-level volunteers in a nonprofit environment.
  • Strong verbal communications skills, including public speaking experience, active listening skills, and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • High energy, positive "can-do" attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail, high degree of initiative and good sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and act tactically.
  • Ability to work independently in achieving both engagement and revenue goals.
  • Ability to travel as needed, including overnight trips and weekends.
  • Sincere interest in philanthropy and a commitment to serving families affected by Alzheimer's disease.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, and/or relevant educational or professional credential.


Headquartered in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund team is comprised of mission-driven professionals who share a commitment to finding a cure. With 22 staff and more than 125 funded researchers around the world, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has distributed over $125,000,000 to Alzheimer’s research, with many projects resulting in breakthroughs that afford a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s disease to get closer to a cure.

There are currently 6 million people in the United States and 50 million worldwide who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Current estimates are that this represents 25% of the actual number of those afflicted; the others have not yet been diagnosed. Underrepresented racial groups and women are most at risk. Of those who have the disease, two-thirds are women. Blacks are twice as likely to get the disease as whites, and the rate of the disease within the Hispanic and Latino populations is expected to grow 7x in the next 30 years.

Recognizing that therapies are only possible when based on successful foundational research, board directors Henry McCance, Jeffrey and Jacqueline Morby, and Phyllis Rappaport formed Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in 2004 with an unwavering focus on providing research grants to the world’s leading scientists researching Alzheimer’s disease. The organization’s vision has been carefully and ambitiously designed to accelerate research, make bold bets, and eradicate Alzheimer’s disease.

The board of directors has also maintained a commitment to the organization itself by covering all operating expenses, ensuring that every dollar raised goes directly to support research initiatives.

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