Are you interested in joining a
growing team of mission-driven professionals working together to
create a better future—one where people with disabilities are
empowered, valued and belong? Are you eager to make a difference in
the daily lives of people in your community? Are you willing to
make the ask? If so, then we encourage you to continue reading and
apply today! We are looking for a “go-getter”
professional to join Aspire’s growing team as the Major Gifts
Officer. This person will be responsible for soliciting and
stewarding Aspire’s growing network of donors with the goal of
securing 5-and 6-figure gifts that will lead to life-changing
results for those we empower. This person is a doer! They are out
in the field, building meaningful relationships with high-worth
donors and their networks, connecting them to our vision of
boundless inclusion. That means raising general operating funds to
support Aspire’s annual goals, and executing Aspire’s capital
campaigns. This person is driven, results-focused, and energized by
getting to do a little bit of it all – strategy, campaigning,
research, identifying new prospects, packaging proposals, making
the ask, and stewarding our amazing givers. Even more, this person
is a natural at enthusiastically making calls and connections! If
this sounds like you and what you want, then the Major Gift Officer
position at Aspire might be the perfect fit for you!
represents the primary position responsibilities, but other related
duties necessary to meet the needs of the organization may be
assigned. This position has a hybrid work
arrangement, but the majority of time will be spent in the
community building relationships across Cook and Lake
Required Education & Experience:
Lead Aspire’s major, planned gifts and fundraising campaigns,
including ongoing capital campaigns.
Build real relationships with a portfolio of donors capable of
making game-changing gifts.
Visit with donors and prospects with a focus on discovery and
Develop and package special project proposals and make major gift
solicitations that match donor interests with Aspire’s needs.
Steward those in the portfolio and pipeline. Deliver timely and
Collaborate with Aspire team members to implement special donor
cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
Evaluate, redesign and update Aspire’s major gift approach and
pipeline – evaluation of opportunities from annual giving and CRM,
research, and flow of prospects pipeline.
Lead strategy, planning, and implementation of fundraising
campaigns, capital campaigns, and planned giving programs.
Provide strategic guidance and support to the CEO and SVP with
major gift portfolios.
Research prospects and donors to determine giving capacity,
interests and the right ask.
Support fundraising and friend raising events, including planning
small group engagements and attending the annual Big City Night
Maintain timely contact records in the database and analysis of
Develop and share reports, assess, and make recommendations for
Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
5-7 years professional experience in fundraising, including 3+
years in major gifts, capital campaigns, and fundraising
Successful record of delivering personal solicitations from $50K to
Experience running fundraising and capital campaigns
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational, time management, and project management
Ability to maintain confidential information
Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to successfully use donor CRM software
Achieves Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough
Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply
their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
Cultivates Innovation: Creating new & better ways for the
organization to be successful.
Makes Quality Decisions: Making good & timely decisions that
keep the organization moving forward.
Tackles the Tough Issues: Stepping up to address difficult issues,
saying what needs to be said.