The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for planning and executing an annual fundraising campaign with a goal of increasing the number and size of gifts and pledges over $10,000 to meet the long term needs of the LA/SPCA. This position will report to the Development Director. We are seeking an experienced fundraiser (3+ years) with a strong track record of soliciting gifts at $10,000+ and maintaining a portfolio of 75-100 donors and prospects while coordinating the solicitation efforts through a systematic process of prospect identification, qualification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship. The ideal candidate will possess strong strategic and organizational skills, as well build relationships through in person visits, written and verbal communications, the organization and cultivation of fundraising events. They will also be responsible for tracking progress made toward the goal.
This position will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board, who will assist with opening the door and providing support in the cultivation and solicitation of major donors. As well as to involve and coordinate with appropriate staff to ensure the timely fulfillment of recognition of gifts and tracking prospects and donors while providing high levels of donor stewardship.
Research and identify new major gift prospects, including both individuals and foundations
Manage a pipeline of current donors and prospects, tracking cultivation, planning solicitation strategy, and making solicitations
Direct and plan major gift prospect meetings and prospect management strategies for the CEO and Development Director
Create collateral materials for major gifts program
Work with Board of Directors and volunteer partners to develop strategies to support them in making major gift solicitations
Make calls personally; develop and manage a personal portfolio of 75-100 major gift prospects
Supervise the development of marketing collateral and materials in coordination with Communications Director for use with major gift prospects
Supervise all gift processing and acknowledgements of major gift donations
Provide stewardship for major gift donors; supervise the interaction of major gift donors with the Shelter and all aspects of the LA/SPCA
Identify innovative ways to increase major gift donations, such as peer-to-peer fundraising, on site meetings and tours, or small group events
Responsible for tracking major gift prospects and donors and documenting their cultivation and solicitation activities through Raiser's Edge software
Identify and market key naming and recognition opportunities for potential major gifts, including program, capital, and endowment options
Plan and execute small group events if appropriate to the strategy for cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects
Acts as an ambassador of the Louisiana SPCA both internally and externally and is knowledgeable of all aspects of the LA/SPCA in order to provide needed information to supporters, donors, clients and the community.
Other duties as assigned by Development Director and approved by CEO
Education and/or Experience:
Graduate of an accredited college or university with a combination of course work and experience in business administration and the social sciences is desirable.
Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge):
Minimum of 3 years of fundraising experience required; 5 years of experience preferred.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills, including the ability to write and speak in a clear, sincere, and compelling manner
Demonstrated successful experience in prospect identification, relationship building and solicitation
Significant and successful experience performing personal solicitation of gifts in excess of $10,000+ and staffing volunteers to ask for large gifts is required
Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple demands and/or projects simultaneously
Ability to travel, as well as attend events on evenings and weekends
Demonstrated initiative and self-starting capacity
Experience working with sensitive information and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality
Detail oriented, self-motivated and able to work under pressure on multiple projects.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical and substance screening
Exceptional computer skills in a variety of programs including Raiser's Edge, Foundation Search, Word, Excel, Power Point and databases.
Possess a sense of humor and ability to work in a diverse and untraditional atmosphere.
Mental and physical flexibility a must.
Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping.
Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals
Working Environment: (or Working Conditions)
Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches.
Works in an area with a high noise level.
About Louisiana SPCA
Chartered in 1888, the Louisiana SPCA is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state. As an open admission shelter, we serve the Greater New Orleans community in many ways. As a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the we are not affiliated with any other organization in the state. The Louisiana SPCA has grown from a desire to address the mistreatment of horses and mules to advocate for all companion animals. The history of our organization reveals that what can be achieved in a day, a year, a decade, or even in a century is not the work of one organization, but rather the work of an entire community of people who have come together over the years to provide a safe haven for all homeless creatures.