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Major Gifts Officer

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 2, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events
International, Religion, Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Who are we?

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has been a lifeline for the vulnerable throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe for more than 95 years.

Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA works for, through and with the Eastern Catholic churches to identify needs and implement solutions.

Collaborating with the many peoples of these churches, CNEWA connects you to your fellow human beings in need, such as forming priests to serve the people of God in Egypt; providing irrigation to farmers in southern Lebanon; teaching underserved children in Ethiopia; educating sisters in India; rushing emergency relief to displaced Middle East families; counseling war-scarred children in Gaza. Together, we build up the church, affirm human dignity, alleviate poverty, encourage dialogue — and inspire hope.

CNEWA is proud to be among the most efficient of charities, earning consistently high marks for accountability and transparency from such watchdog groups as Charity Navigator.

About the position:

CNEWA is currently seeking a driven and dedicated Major Gifts Officer, responsible for managing a portfolio of high-tier donors. Will solicit gifts from these donors and steward their relationship with the agency. The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will also work to identify, qualify, and cultivate new major gift prospects. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will help organize special events and participate in the departmental planning process. The MGO is required to maintain a high standard of integrity and excellence in all internal and external communications and relationships.

Key Qualifications:

• At least 5 years’ experience cultivating and managing a successful portfolio of donors with a mission based organization. International experience is preferred.
• Proven record of accomplishment in expanding existing donor base, with a key focus in harnessing own 5-figure individual gifts.
• Ability to measure and assess fund-raising initiatives with metrics and performance goals.
• Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute as a key strategic team member.
• Required to travel primarily at the domestic level, meeting with key stakeholders and high-tier donors.
• Must possess inclusive worldview and an understanding of the social, religious, cultural and political environments of the countries and people served by CNEWA.
• Passion for CNEWA’s international mission and ability to effectively serve as an ambassador for the agency.
• Bi-lingual abilities in both English and Spanish are highly preferred.
• Web and social media savvy.
• Master’s degree is preferred.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not exclusive to:

• Develop a plan for increasing the agency’s major gift program, with a particular focus on reaching new constituencies.
• Maintains portfolio of assigned major donors with high giving potential and targeted prospects; implements moves management with donors and prospects guiding them through the complete giving cycle, stewarding their relationship with CNEWA and, in so doing, increasing average gifts size and reducing donor attrition.
• Manages relationships with prospective major donors and develops pipelines of new prospects outside of the organization’s existing donor pool.
• Assists in the planning and implementation of fundraising activities and events.
• Participates and helps to strengthen the parish outreach program within targeted donor communities.

How to apply:

If you share these interests and a passion for advancing CNEWA’s humanitarian and pastoral programs, please forward your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

CNEWA is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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