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Major Gift Officer - Catholic Leadership Institute

Catholic Leadership Institute
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising
Other Fields, Religion
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Catholic Leadership Institute is helping the Catholic Church navigate generational shifts, responding to and preparing for ever-mounting demographic challenges among ordained religious and the laity. As a Major Gift Officer, you will be joining a growing and evolving team dedicated to our mission while expanding CLI’s reach, donor audiences, and available funding.

CLI accompanies Catholic parishes, dioceses, and their leaders – from priests and bishops to lay leaders – by offering the benefit of world-class training and development, fresh perspectives, and intentionality. Increasing demand for our programs requires significant increases in philanthropic funding on an annual basis. We are seeking a Major Gift Officer ready to work with volunteer leaders, Philanthropy team members, and other key stakeholders to meet our philanthropy objectives. You will develop strong relationships with existing and potential donor candidates throughout the country, helping to project and determine major gift activity goals and they engage key volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects. Travel is required. Remote work is available. Reports to the Vice President, Philanthropy


  • Minimum of five to seven years+ of professional development experience in philanthropy
  • Experience in closing major gifts of $25,000+


  • Outstanding communication skills including advanced listening skills; expresses ideas clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Natural relationship-builder who finds and makes connections between people’s passions and the Catholic Leadership Institute’s mission
  • Self-starter who is persistent and flexible; correctly anticipating what needs to be done and doing it
  • Organized professional who pays attention to detail and follows through in the appropriate timeframe
  • Excellent donor portfolio manager who shepherds donors through the moves management process working with the entire spectrum of donors from new prospects to long-time loyal donors. Effectively uses referrals, networking, and research to grow our portfolio
  • Handles deviations from the routine without assistance; readily accepts changes in procedures, assignments and priorities
  • Gains the trust and respect of leadership, co-workers and outside contacts; loves to network to accomplish goals
  • Solid commitment to prayerful servant leadership with a genuine interest in stakeholders and coworkers who will go the extra step for our success
  • Ability to travel (4-6 times/month – 50% or more)
  • Detailed understanding of and love for the Catholic faith


Major Donor Identification: Identify, inform and involve major donor candidates in our mission, ensuring resources are secured and major donor candidates feel deeply invested and engaged in our mission.

Volunteer Engagement: Motivate, recruit and support volunteer leaders in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donor candidates to secure philanthropic revenue for Catholic Leadership Institute.

Donor Communication: Prepare, deliver and follow-up on proposals and gift opportunities for major donor prospects after accurately assessing their level of interest and capacity.

Strategy: Plan, implement and track short- and long-term strategies with the Philanthropy team to measure our success and create accurate revenue, cash, and involvement metrics for the organization.

Our next Major Gift Officer has a high level of self-assurance and humility, is comfortable with ambiguity, and has a resilient drive. Does this sound like you?

Learn more about this role at and then send us an email at with your resume and cover letter explaining why you might be the perfect fit for us and our mission.

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