La Crosse, WI.

(Full Time)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The mission at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin is to strengthen the union of the human spirit with Christ through Our Lady of Guadalupe and within the glory of the Catholic faith.

In 1995 Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke met with a small group of people to discuss the ideas for a Marian shrine, ultimately resulting in today’s Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe. Today the Shrine is a place of ceaseless prayer allowing for the healing of both corporal and spiritual welfare of all in need. On average, 80,000 pilgrims from both throughout the United States and abroad, journey to the Shrine yearly as a place of prayer.


The Major Gifts Officer will develop relationships with potential donors interested in supporting the Shrine. The MGO will be a part of a growing development team working to fulfill the Shrine’s mission. The MGO candidate must be a devout and driven individual, passionate about inviting donors into a deeper relationship with the Shrine as it begins a multimilliondollar capital campaign to build a retreat house.


  • Practicing Catholic with a sound knowledge of the Catholic faith and its practices
  • Understand the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Appreciation for the history, mission, and activities of the Shrine
  • Strong sense of integrity, poise, and confidence


  • Relational and influential
  • Selfstarter and ambitious
  • Dutiful and loyal
  • Practical and organized


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing portfolio of 100150 active and prospective donors;
  • Traveling to meet with donors and representing the Shrine at national events;
  • Cultivating and soliciting donors to support the Shrine;
  • Adhering to donor stewardship processes and tracking donor information in database system;
  • Assisting in the planning, coordinating, and implementation of donor events and outreach;
  • Reviewing key performance indicators and revenue goals quarterly;
  • Utilizing wealthscreening information and other research tools to create individual cultivation and solicitation plans, with assistance from fundraising consultants; and
  • Supporting the director of development in other areas, as asked.


58+ years of experience in nonprofit development work, preferably with donor relations and soliciting four to sixfigure gifts. He or she will also:

  • Model an exemplary Catholic faith.
  • Possess a high degree of initiative and organizational skills.
  • Have high social and emotional awareness with an exceptional ability to communicate the mission and build personal relationships with prospective and current major donors.
  • Possess maturity and sophistication to engage highnetworth individuals on a number of topics.
  • Demonstrate superior communications skills, both verbal and written/ be good at storytelling.
  • Be selfmotivated and ambitious.
  • Have strong work ethic and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Be supportive of the department’s overall activities and collegial with other staff.
  • Reflect a collaborative and supportive demeanor in advancing institutional objectives and priorities.
  • Be comfortable in interacting with people of various socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Have experience with CRM/databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Travel on average 40%.

For further information or to apply, follow this link HERE