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Individual Gift Officer

Center for Science in the Public Interest
District of Columbia, United States
$85,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising
Advocacy, Health
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is searching for an Individual Gift Officer to manage and elevate our mid-level ($1,000 - $5,000) and planned giving programs. This position works in collaboration with the Director of Business Operations to identify, qualify, and cultivate prospects from the direct mail segment of the donor file, and with the Development Director and Senior Development Officer to identify, qualify, and upgrade high-capacity donors. file. 

This position reports to the COO and is located in Washington, DC or remotely. As part of CSPI’s efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees and visitors we require all employees to receive an FDA-authorized and/or -approved COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of working for CSPI.

About CSPI

CSPI, America’s food and health watchdog, is one of the nation’s leading public health advocacy organizations with a 50-year record of fighting for science in the public interest. We’ve led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school foods, put calories on chain restaurant menus and menu boards, and remove sugary drinks from children’s menus. National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act; Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; Food Safety Modernization Act; and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Manage and grow a portfolio of individual donors, prospects and benefactors; playing lead role in stewardship, moves-management, soliciting, and closing mid-level gifts. 
  • Research capacity and cultivate the interests of mid-level and planned giving donors. 
  • Manage CSPI’s planned giving program and collaborate with the Marketing team to implement promotion campaigns.
  • Analyze CSPI’s mid-level donor program and help develop strategies for acquiring, renewing, retaining, and upgrading donors.   
  • Manage the mid-level and planned giving program budgets and performance, including oversight of income and expenses, and ensure accurate and timely recordkeeping and reporting. 
  • Manage the production of annual appeals, renewals, and upgrade materials, as well as all other correspondence and stewardship specific to the mid-level and planned giving programs. 
  • Manage the database to maintain accurate and comprehensive data for mid-level donors and benefactors, including recording activities and running reports.  
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing departments and consult with program staff to ensure consistency with communications, messaging, and solicitations. 
  • Ensure that all donors and donor interactions are tracked accurately in our database. 
  • Make regular and timely customized phone calls, emails, or other communications to donors to appropriately acknowledge gifts.  
  • Organize donor cultivation events in coordination with the Development department team. 
  • Manage the mid-level monthly giving program. 
  • Assist with additional projects as assigned.


  • Minimum of five years of experience in non-profit or foundation fundraising, preferably as a gift officer with a proven track record of achieving ambitious revenue targets.
  • Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors, preferably at the $1,000 level or above.  
  • A passion to be part of a vigorous consumer-advocacy organization.  
  • Knowledge of techniques and best practices in annual giving including benefit fulfillment, and stewardship communications (including email, phone, and in-person solicitations). 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a team and to build and maintain positive relationships with all levels of the organization. 
  • Willingness to participate in CSPI’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of IRA tax code related to different giving vehicles (stocks, IRA QCDs, etc.) and planned giving (estate, CGAs, etc.) a plus. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and effective presentation skills. 
  • Strong analytic skills, and ability to apply strategic and creative thinking. 
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in fast-paced, results-driven environment.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, tactfulness, good judgment, and ability to handle confidential information with discretion. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel when needed. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and donor databases, preferably with EveryAction experience. 

CSPI Core Values

CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live up to our organization’s core values:

  • We are inclusive. We seek to foster an environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the same. We actively welcome and value staff with different experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and perspectives.
  • We are open. We are honest and direct in how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and integrity within our organization.
  • We are accountable. We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions.
  • We are kind. We communicate and treat one another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate way.
  • We are collaborative. We work together for the common good and shared success.


The salary range is $85,000 - $90,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a 3% employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.

To Apply

Please utilize CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to apply for the Individual Gift Officer position. You are required to submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest. Application deadline is September 30, 2022.


CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspective, and skills and encourage people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.

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