Major Gifts Officer

Major Gifts Officer

Qualified candidates are welcome to apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with "Major Gifts Officer" in the subject line.

Department(s): Development

Reports To: SVP of Development

Position Summary:

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for inspiring, broadening and deepening the support of individual donors to Bright Pink. S/he executes the strategy and management of an assigned portfolio with the responsibility of maximizing unrestricted and restricted major gift funds raised annually and for longer-term efforts. S/he is an articulate spokesperson for Bright Pink and its programs and priorities in the philanthropic community. The Major Gifts Officer reports to the SVP of Development.

Essential Functions:

  • Establish long term goals and annual objectives for a major gift and planned giving portfolio of individuals in collaboration with the SVP of Development. Conduct regular and ongoing portfolio analysis, communicate outcomes and challenges, suggest portfolio adjustments as needed, and project results as needed for reports and planning. Meets or exceeds annual fundraising and development goals.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward the assigned portfolio of individual prospects for major and planned gifts. Ensure that the assigned portfolio is managed with the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Ensure that major and planned giving donors receive appropriate, on-target, and timely proposals, budgets, and other information needed for cultivation and solicitation. As needed, prepare the strategy for such communications and participate in crafting outlines, drafts, budgets, and final products.
  • Maintain timely and accurate records on individual donors and potential donors to support ongoing activity and future fund raising—including plans, tracking, and reporting.
  • Support the CEO plus other senior staff members in fundraising activities, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Establish a strong "feeder program" for the Major Gifts portfolio by: (a) implementing an effective system for identifying, qualifying, and cultivating individuals with interest and capacity; and (b) developing and implementing cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for midlevel program donors who have the capacity to transition to the major gifts program; and (c) travel across the country to meet supporters where they are in support of expanding our national donor base.
  • Work with fundraising volunteers to increase their involvement and success in the solicitation process.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, work to sustain, expand, and coordinate the role of the Board of Directors in development activities.
  • Implement strategies that will increase the number and size of planned gifts on an annual basis and over the long term. Improve tracking and stewardship of donors who have made a planned gift or a commitment for a planned gift.
  • Play a role in the planning, launch, and successful completion of any future Bright Pink capital campaigns.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on planning and implementing strategic stewardship activities, including donor events and communications.
  • Train and supervise staff as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Through these activities demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Bright Pink core values and practice these values in relations with internal and external customers.

Physical Demands:

The physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, read, see and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to type, handle, or feel and reach. The employee is regularly required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Status: Full time. Exempt from the provisions of wage and salary regulations.

Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

Experience: Four plus years of demonstrated success in raising major gifts and planned gifts.

Prior experience with fundraising software. Knowledge of Salesforce preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Power Point).

Professional Qualities: Demonstrated record of meeting professional goals and guiding staff to meet team goals. Interest in women's health, education, and rights and ability to understand and explain Bright Pink programs and funding priorities to current and potential individual donors. Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with donors and secure gifts. Strong oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others (management, board members, and staff) to accomplish goals. Aptitude for analysis, interpretation, and translation of information. Creativity and experience in the development of gift strategies, programs, and solicitation materials that will inspire donors. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Flexible enough to handle multiple projects in a fast paced environment. Curious and thoughtful approach to work characterized by a desire to solve problems and continuously improve quality of work. Discretion in handling confidential information and materials.

A sincere commitment to the mission and philosophy of Bright Pink is required. Must be willing to maintain a flexible work schedule including evening and weekend hours and ongoing travel.


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Bright Pink works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with Major Gifts Officer in the subject line.

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