Title: Major Gifts Officer 

Reports To: Deanna Finch 

Salary Range: $60,000 to $70,000

To apply: Visit our hiring site and complete an application for Major Gifts Officer  

About United 4 Children 
United 4 Children (U4C) makes children a priority by providing children with healthy meals, creating safe places to learn and play, and providing social-emotional and inclusive services for children with extraordinary needs or challenging behaviors – United 4 Children ensures every child has the foundation to thrive. U4C offers high-quality support to programs serving children up to 13 so that families can feel at ease knowing their children, regardless of ability, are receiving the best care possible and have every opportunity to succeed.   

United 4 Children’s Values
At United 4 Children, it is expected that we center our common values in the work that we do individually and
together. We hold each other accountable to live out these values in our work and celebrate with each other as we demonstrate the following
• Community – We put the needs and desires of children, families, and caregivers at the center of our work. We partner with schools and fellow nonprofit organizations to create excellent educational and developmental opportunities for every child in the region.
• Trust – For the last 50 years, we have been honest and earnest in all our interactions. We strive to readily meet community needs particularly where other resources do not exist.
• Equity – We seek to understand the disparities facing children, families, and childcare providers. We ensure everyone has access to the resources needed to thrive.
• Empathy – We strive to understand the unique experiences of every person we encounter. We respect each person’s journey and seek to support everyone’s specific needs.

Purpose of Position 
This position is responsible for integrated fundraising initiatives to secure major gifts and in coordination with the Executive Director. Develop, manage and implement strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors through individualized plans leading to major and transformational gifts. Manage a portfolio of 100+ major individual and corporate prospects.  Coordinate projects, events, and activities in support of the major gift program.   

Functions of the Job

  • Manage an assigned donor list of 100+ individual and corporate donors as well as giving prospects.
  • Coordinate and conduct prospect research activities in order to develop strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major individual gifts; set appointments with major gift prospects, conduct the meetings alone or as part of a staff team, and coordinate necessary follow-up.
  • Develop strategies for acquisition, retention and upgrade of assigned major donors.
  • Ensure donor acknowledgement (including thank you letters and tax statements), reporting, recognition and other stewardship activities related assigned donors is transpiring smoothly.
  • Develop and execute individualized donor recognition plans for the donors with a goal of capitalizing on existing recognition and stewardship opportunities; work collaboratively with the appropriate staff to ensure that sponsors and donors receive promised recognition and benefits.
  • Provide comprehensive and timely reports summarizing activity, project status and work plan timelines.
  • Utilize the capabilities of the donor information system by both recording all relevant donor data and interactions and by using the system’s analytical capabilities to support strong donor engagement and communication practices.
  • Attend key events as necessary to steward donor relationships.
  • Respond to donor inquiries and maintain excellent donor relations.
  • Participate in fund raising meetings and events; complete other duties as assigned to achieve current departmental goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with donors and key constituents.
  • Promote and nurture productive working relationships with staff throughout U4C.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Solid understanding of development principles, protocols and best practices  
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.   
  • Must be a team player, a self-starter, and perform well with minimum supervision.   
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment.  
  • Must demonstrate ability to think independently and exercise sound judgment.   
  • A positive attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  
  • Excellent time management and attention to detail  
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage short term and long-term plans and goals  
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and email applications, Altru or comparable donor software. 
  • Travel required fulfilling donor and constituent relationship building and fundraising goals.  
  • Position requires working occasional nights and weekends. 
  • Possess a current, valid driver’s license  
  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management or philanthropy or related field; and minimum of 5 years of demonstrable achievement in nonprofit fundraising with major gifts  
  • Authorized to work in the United States.

Skills we are looking for:

  • Ability to retain a minimum of liability vehicle insurance. 
  • Experience and skill working with diverse populations. 
  • Conscientious use of justice, equity, and inclusion lens when working with self and others. 
  • Successful at working in multiple teams simultaneously.
  • Ability to work some weekends and nights.

Perks and Benefits 

  • Health insurance: employer contribution of 80
  • Portion of dental insurance covered 
  • Employer paid 401 (K) contribution: 3% of gross salary 
  • Employer paid Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance with a coverage of $50,000 
  • PTO (PAID TIME OFF): starting at 20 days (about 4 weeks) annually   
  • Paid holidays: 13 days (about 4 weeks) 
  • Annual merit-based incentives 
  • Monthly phone stipend 
  • Mileage reimbursement at .670 per mile 
  • Flexible Schedule   
  • Hybrid work environment   
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Ask about our other benefits 

United 4 Children is an equal opportunity employer. United 4 children does not discriminate in employment with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service or any other characteristic protected by law. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all qualified persons. Those applicants requiring accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should contact a management representative. 

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