MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER (REMOTE BASED)
At MDA, we believe our biggest asset is our combination of
different backgrounds, cultures, and disciplines united to form one
high-performing team. By bringing together people from different
backgrounds, perspectives, and generations, we ensure that we all
have access to the opportunities, relationships, and resources
necessary to learn, grow and thrive. What we do starts with our
people and the neuromuscular disease community we serve. As
America’s largest voluntary health organization covering research,
healthcare, and advocacy for people with neuromuscular diseases,
MDA is leading the way in improving the quality of life for those
living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, spinal muscular atrophy, and
dozens of related disorders – many first discovered and diagnosed
by MDA supported scientists and clinicians.
The mission of the Philanthropic Partnerships vertical is to
prospect, cultivate and develop direct relationships with high
net-worth individual donors and private foundations to drive
significant philanthropic growth. Managing MDA’s Foundations, Major
Donors and Planned Giving efforts, this department is strongly
driven by building an adequate pipeline of prospects, establishing
new relationships with donors and funders, and maintaining &
elevating existing relationships and opportunities to highlight
MDA’s mission and impact.
As a Major Gifts Officer, you will work within our Philanthropic
Partnerships team and will be responsible for developing and
implementing our major gift program in an assigned geographic
territory. You’ll be responsible for managing and cultivating
relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as
identifying new prospects capable of giving at the $10,000+ level.
An ability to empathize with donors, recognize their philanthropic
goals and help them to find their most impactful path to giving
while clearly communicating our organization’s mission is
key. This position reports directly to the Vice President,
What you’ll do:
- Help our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and
ambitions through a relationship with our organization.
- Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and
prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening
- Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for identifying,
cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects.
- Initiate contact with prospects, develop appropriate
cultivation strategies, complete successful solicitations, maintain
stewardship contacts and strengthen relationships with those who
have committed to major gifts. Ability to strengthen
relationships and engagement with funders and renew funding as
- Develop personalized strategies and cultivation/education plans
for communicating with individuals about major gift
- Provide exceptional stewardship of donors after a gift has
closed, including recognition, communication, and reporting on
impact of gift.
- Work with various MDA functions to identify programs and
initiatives that may be of funding interest to potential
- Deliver organized, structured, and persuasive presentations,
using effective written and verbal communication.
- Perform other duties or special projects as needed.
This position's salary range is $85,000 -
$90,000. Final offer amounts and levels are determined by
multiple factors, including your experience, and may vary from the
amounts listed above.
What we are looking for:
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- 5 years of demonstrated fundraising or business development
experience or equivalent combination of education and work
experience in sales and/or fundraising required.
- Experience with Major Gifts preferred.
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills
and political acumen to establish and maintain good working
relationships within all organizational levels and with outside
- Demonstrated ability to meet predetermined goals and
- Proven history of building strong relationships with donors or
customers, with successful outcomes.
- Ability to close five and six figure individual gifts.
- As determined based on COVID protocols, ability to
travel throughout assigned territory (up to 50%) as needed to meet
with existing and potential donors.
- Strong computer skills and ability to use existing technology
to achieve desired results.
MDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
disability, or protected veteran status.