Philanthropy Officer

Employer
Mercy for Animals
Location
California, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 2, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Fields
Advocacy, Animal Protection, Environment, Health
Employment Type
Full Time

Mercy For Animals aims to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free.
 

As a leading farmed animal advocacy organization, we know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas. If you are passionate about our mission, driven to make a big impact for animals, and eager to be part of a dedicated team, join us!

 

We currently seek a philanthropy officer to join our development team. In this role, you will help advance the work of Mercy For Animals by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts ($25,000 and above) and creating and sustaining long-term relationships with major donors.

 

You will do invaluable work:

  • Manage a portfolio of 75–125 major-gift donors and prospects with giving capacity of $25,000 or more
  • Create and execute annual strategies for all portfolio donors, including monthly benchmarks and reviews
  • Meet or exceed monthly goals for visits, solicitations, and proposals
  • Consistently review portfolio, cultivate new prospects, and disqualify others as necessary
  • Develop and draft strategies and plans for cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation meetings with donors
  • Involve directors in the cultivation and solicitation process whenever appropriate
  • Manage senior leadership major-gifts work, coordinating and scheduling visits 
  • Assist with management of Mercy For Animals’ legacy giving program, employing a deep understanding of the principles and techniques associated with planned giving and financial and estate planning
  • Serve as event-planning liaison for major-donor fundraising event
  • Maintain donor data and contacts in the fundraising database, and prepare funding proposals and stewardship reports
  • Serve as a member of the development project team to assist with fundraising appeal planning and execution, donor relations, database conversion, and other joint projects within the department
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by team leader

Your qualifications will take our development team to the next level:

  • College degree and a minimum of five years’ experience working as a major-gifts or philanthropy officer
  • CFRE certification (preferred)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Experience writing fundraising proposals
  • Excellent ability to build rapport with donors, volunteers, and colleagues
  • Collaborative attitude and drive to be a team player
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure of constant deadlines, excellent organizational and time-management skills, and careful attention to detail
  • Ability to travel one to two times per month and work some evenings and weekends
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals
  • Commitment to continued personal, organizational, and movement-wide growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

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