The Major Gifts Officer will play a critical role in meeting the organization's ambitious fundraising goals, and will have responsibility to cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from generous individual donors. This position works collaboratively and strategically with the Director of Major Gifts and the Senior Vice President of Development to build a pipeline of major donors, solicit/close major gifts and steward donors appropriately. The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Director of Major Gifts.
Duties and Responsibility
Cultivates and solicits assigned major gift prospects; ensures that donors receive proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship.
Prepares written donor proposals for major gift solicitations, maintains correspondence with donors and appropriate financial personnel
Identifies potential major gift candidates
Prepares call reports in a timely manner
Attends management committee meetings; prospect review meetings; provides communication updates to management.
The Major Gifts Officer will complete and maintain current data tracking for entire prospect/donor portfolio. This includes timely completion of contact reports, updating prospect stages, next step tasks, and proposals.
Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.
Minimum five (5) years of development experience at a non-profit
Proven track record in achieving goals and fundraising metrics
Demonstrated knowledge of development/fundraising concepts and techniques.
Knowledge of planned giving and procedures.
Ability to solicit gifts.
Superior interpersonal/human relations skills.
Excellent communication and organization skills
Ability to cooperatively and effectively with donors, volunteers, and development staff
Maintains highest ethical standards consistent with fundraising professionals code of conduct
Self-starter; ability to work independently.
Ability to adapt and respond to various situations
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees of the organization are expected to fulfill the following:
Have a general understanding of cancer prevention and survival; be an advocate for the American Institute for Cancer Research and its mission.
Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
Interact professionally with other employees, constituents and vendors.
Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
Excellent writing skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Experience with fundraising database software and wealth screening software.
Team oriented, flexible, creative, positive, personable, and eager to learn.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About American Cancer Institue for Research
In 1982, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) was founded to advance the simple but then-radical idea that cancer could be prevented.
AICR focused on the link between diet and cancer, and immediately began supporting cutting-edge research in this area and educating the public about the results.
Today, we continue to fund research in the field of nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention, treatment and survival.
We interpret the results of that research, along with findings from the global scientific community, to craft reliable, evidence-based recommendations for lower cancer risk.
AICR has changed the modern understanding of cancer.
Only decades ago, most believed that cancer simply strikes the unlucky – and that nothing can be done about it.
Today, thanks to millions of dollars of AICR research, the world knows better.
Our research sheds unique light on the cancer process – and pinpoints the specific lifestyle choices that will save hundreds of thousands of lives every year in the US alone.
Our research also offers hope that cancer patients and survivors can take control of their health during and after treatment.
Thirty years ago, AICR stepped in to fill a critical research gap.
Today, thousands of studies later, we have produced the hard evidence that turned a once-radical notion into a universally accepted medical fact:
Every one of us can take steps to prevent cancer.