Starr Commonwealth has one powerful mission - to lead with
courage to create positive experiences so that all children,
families, and communities can flourish.
Our roots date back to 1913, when a young man named Floyd Starr
purchased a barn and 40 scrub-covered acres in Albion, Mich., to
create refuge for "homeless, dependent, neglected and delinquent
boys." In his heart he held a revolutionary belief, that "there is
no such thing as a bad child," and with steadfast conviction and
the support of his family he sought to help every child see and
believe in their greatness.
Today, Starr Commonwealth continues to build on the legacy the
tenets we still hold true. Operating programs across the country
and globe, Starr offers community-based programs, educational and
behavioral health services, and professional training and coaching
to heal trauma and build resilience in all children, adolescents,
and the professionals that serve them.
Starr believes, as it founder did, that when you treat a child with
dignity and respect, it changes a child's heart. And that, in the
end, is what changes a child's life. It's a powerful story, and we
hope you will be part of writing the many success stories that are
waiting to be told.
We are driven to heal. And together, we are building a bright
future for all.
You will be a big part of an established nonprofit that is making a
huge impact in the lives of children and families every day in
communities around the globe!
The purpose of the Major Gift Officer is to obtain
donations for use by Starr Commonwealth. As the Major Gift
Officer you will build successful, strong, lasting relationships
with donors. You will manage a portfolio of major
gift prospects where unique tailored steps are taken to
contact donors, cultivate donor interest, present a case for
philanthropic support, solicit mutually agreeable gifts,
provide donor recognition as desired, and steward donor
*Offer prospect strategy counsel to the Director of Development as
well as fellow Advancement staff who are managing other
*Create gift planning strategies for all prospective donors that
match the donors’ philanthropic intent, interest in supporting
Starr Commonwealth, and giving capacity.
*Work with program, finance, and communications staff to secure
appropriate project and organizational information, including
budgets, statistics, and stories to write effective appeals,
proposals and individual asks.
*Oversee and manage Starr's portfolio of approximately 150 major
gift prospective donors. A major gift is $10,000 or more. Ensure
that timely steps of moves management are taken toward
solicitation, closure and stewardship.
*Establish and maintain a donor cultivation cycle and gift
stewardship program to ensure that major donors are developed, have
opportunities to increase their level of support annually, and
enjoy a close relationship to the station.
*Create a personal contact/stewardship (phone calls, face-to-face
visits, engagement opportunities, tours, etc.) and solicitation
plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational communication
and marketing plan for each person on the portfolio.
*Develops an understanding of the annual budget plan in
consultation with leadership to ensure alignment with solicitations
and the organization’s budgetary needs.
*Promote a collegial atmosphere within the Advancement team to help
them and the team to attain their overall financial budget
*Plans effective correspondence, phone calls and personal visits,
including effective planning and use of the CEO's and CAO's time,
to solicit and steward gifts.
*Assist in identifying potential connections to strengthen the
organization’s volunteer network.
*Performs other duties as assigned.
*Bachelor's Degree from an accredited academic institution
*5 years of experience in major gifts or a closely related area,
involving the solicitation of major gifts
*Remote with routine travel throughout Michigan and
*Health savings account with employer contribution
*Short term and long term disability
*Life and AD& D insurance
*403(b) retirement savings plan with company match
*Paid time off including paid parental leave
*Employee assistance program
*Full time, hybrid in office and remote
*As a 501c(3) organization, Starr Commonwealth employees are
eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness
(PSLF) Program for student loans.
*COVID-19 vaccination required
Starr Commonwealth EEO:
Starr Commonwealth is an equal opportunity employer.
Starr Commonwealth's Commitment to Diversity, Equity
Starr Commonwealth recognizes the past and current struggles of
identity groups who have been historically marginalized, impacted
by toxic hierarchy, and taken by violence. We believe that
equitable environments create opportunities for effective problem
solving, sustainable growth, and, in general, a more holistic
understanding of the world. As such, Starr Commonwealth is
building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to
working in a multicultural environment where differences are valued
and respected. Women, minorities, individuals with
disabilities, veterans, and intersectional individuals are
encouraged to apply.