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Major Gifts Officer

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Apr 7, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Animal Protection
Employment Type
Full Time

Since its founding 15 years ago, Muttville has changed the way the world values senior dogs, and we recently reached the incredible milestone of saving our 10,000th senior dog. Muttville’s first-in-the-nation cage-free facility, foster program, on-site veterinary suite, and hospice program are also innovations lauded and emulated around the country.

Major Gift Officers are integral members of the Development team, consisting of committed, dependable, and fun-loving professionals. This team works collaboratively to inspire support for Muttville to meet our annual budget, which is over $7M this year. Major Gift Officers work closely with senior leadership to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts in support of Muttville.

The purpose of this position is to secure funds for Muttville by managing a portfolio of donors and donor prospects to move them along a relationship continuum from awareness, to interest, to involvement, to investment, depending on where they currently are in relationship with Muttville. The job is to create a climate for donors to fall in love with our cause and support our continued success. This is achieved by creating a strategic donor cultivation plan, making and keeping track of a targeted number of “moves” or “touches” per year. The culmination of these activities is a request for a gift/increased gift. The benefit of this position includes the satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through giving to Muttville.


Essential Duties:

Plan Development – Develop a systematic, yet tailored cultivation and ask plan for each top prospect in your portfolio, including steps, timelines, and goals. This is a process of taking large, mid-level, and prospective donors down a path of happy cultivation activities that builds up their loyalty and engagement with Muttville, resulting in larger gifts.

Donor Cultivation – Develop relationships with donors in your portfolio. For example, get in front of your top 10 donors once a month, your next 20 every other month, and your next 30 prospects once a quarter. Each of your top 60 prospects will have a defined cultivation move that is unique to each individual.

Discovery – Conduct prospect discovery work by sourcing prospects through reporting, data analysis, qualification and research.

Reporting – Update the donor database to reflect donor cultivation work, learned information, and next steps in a timely fashion. Create monthly reports for management that accurately reflect caseload activity and performance.

Fundraising Gala – Assist with Muttville’s annual Senior Prom fundraising gala. This includes but is not limited to helping secure donor sponsorships, auction items, etc., as well as pre- and post-event stewardship activities.

Systems – Enhance the operational efficiency of Mutville’s major giving program by developing, implementing, and ensuring that all systems and processes – from tracking prospect activity to gift documentation to reporting – are accurate and align with the needs and requirements the team and organization.

Familiarity – Maintain and in-depth knowledge of Muttville’s programmatic and financial activities and priorities, and relay accurate and appropriate information to donors in line with their needs and interests.

Team – Assist colleagues as needed to ensure priorities are reached and to demonstrate teamwork. Pre- and post- Prom and during the End of Year campaign are particularly busy times in Development. Strive to understand the roles and contributions of each member of the team. Assist with special events, projects, and tasks as needed. Support keeping our facility and offices organized, clean, and visitor-ready.

Culture - Keep Muttville’s lifesaving mission and overarching values central to everything we do, generate a culture of positivity, proactivity, hard work, resourcefulness, humor, and collaboration.


TO APPLY: Please send both your cover letter and resume.

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