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Director of Major Giving, Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Maryland, United States
$85,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
Mar 8, 2023

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Director of Major Giving, Maryland in the Development Department to be based at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center located in Annapolis, MD.



Established in 1966, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.


CBF has a staff of approximately 210 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary. 

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $30 million and is supported by over 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit



The mission of Development is to provide financial resources for CBF to meet its long-term vision of saving the Bay. It establishes and implements strategies to motivate donors to contribute to the organization’s programs and projects through two primary areas of activity: development and membership.



Seek private funding support for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) annual operating needs and campaign initiatives by focusing on the donor base in Maryland with an emphasis primarily on donors giving $10,000 or more annually. Function as a collaborative member of the Development department and the Gift Officer team. This position will be based out of CBF’s Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD.


Essential functions include:


  1. Seek private funding support for annual operating needs and campaign initiatives.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects capable of making major gift commitments at the $25,000 plus level with a focus on securing new and increased gifts and pledges of 10,000 or more annually.
  • Work with the Research & Prospect Management (RPM) team to ensure ongoing development of the Maryland portfolio. This includes an emphasis on conducting discovery visits and calls to qualify potential donors and determine capacity and inclination to give.
  • Work with the Associate Director of Planned Giving to manage and engage planned giving prospects and donors, ensuring blended solicitations wherever possible.
  • Lead the strategy to cultivate and solicit foundation donors and prospects in the region, preparing proposals, reports, and all other grant requirements. Work with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to align with organizational priorities.
  • Develop, solicit, and steward key corporate partners at the major giving level and identify sponsorship opportunities for CBF events working with the Director of Stewardship and Events.
  • Meet annually defined portfolio goals for visits, discovery work, and other key indicators.
  • Act as a source of knowledge related to CBF programs and the organization’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Identify suitable matches between CBF programs and a donor’s interests and funding objectives.
  • Engage donors and prospects in events and field activities as part of the cultivation and stewardship process.
  • Follow established procedures and policies related to data capture within the CRM.
  • Travel as necessary throughout the region, identifying and prioritizing key areas of support and prospective donors.
  • Serve as an effective and recognized representative of CBF in Maryland.
  • Engage and lead CBF program staff, volunteers, and trustees in the development process.
    • Work closely with Development and Maryland Office leadership and staff to develop overall fundraising plans for the region while designing strategies for specific donors that may include engagement with field programs, educational experiences, and access to the Maryland Executive Director to engage top donors and prospects.
    • Support colleagues in CBF’s other regional offices (Hampton Roads, Richmond, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania) to cultivate and steward donors.
    • Work with volunteers in the region to identify prospective donors in their networks that ultimately help develop and expand the footprint of support for CBF in Maryland.
  • Help to develop CBF’s membership and overall base of support throughout the watershed
  • region.

    • Facilitate outreach events in the region, working with appropriate Development staff. Events are to educate and cultivate prospects and steward members and donors.
    • Promote local CBF activities and accomplishments to donors and prospects to strengthen the CBF brand.
    • Develop an understanding of local and state environmental concerns and be able to articulate CBF’s position and statement of need.
  • Develop and monitor program expense budget, ensuring proper coding and timely submission of expenses.
  • Other duties as assigned.




    • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years fundraising or comparable experience required.
    • Experience managing a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals, including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship preferred.
    • Demonstrated success securing six-figure gifts.
    • Proficiency using MS Office products and Salesforce or an equivalent CRM database.
    • Position requires travel throughout Maryland.
    • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills required.
    • Ability to work as a collaborative and supportive member of a fundraising team.
    • Time management skills needed to handle multiple, concurrent projects, meeting or exceeding deadline.



    Salary Range: $85,000 - $100,000


    To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website. This position will be open until filled.


    CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contribution. 




    Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.


    To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will:


    • Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
    • Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
    • Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
    • Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.


    CBF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


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