Major Gifts Officer

Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation | Woodside, New York

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for building and managing the major gifts program by creating and enhancing relationships with current and prospective donors to meet SASF's major gifts fundraising goal. This position will build the individual donor pipeline and develop donor strategies and relationships.

Reports To

Chief Development Officer


  • Develop major gift plan to meet yearly financial goal
    • Monitor progress against goal
    • Create a suite of cultivation and engagement opportunities
    • Set metrics and benchmarks
    • Schedule regular meetings, calls and contact opportunities for donor prospects
    • Steward current donors
  • Execute major gift plan
  • Support the CEO and CDO's major gift efforts
  • Participate in bi-weekly prospect meetings with CDO and DA
  • Interact with board members and relevant committees to provide research and develop strategy for Board donor prospects
  • Conduct new prospect research
  • Manage a portfolio of 75-125 gift prospects of all categories
    • Foundations, Corporations and individuals
  • Write grant proposals as needed
  • Engage program staff in planning as necessary


Fundraising – proven success fundraising with nonprofit organizations. Experience raising money within the New York City philanthropic community. Knowledge in the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques (including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail), and development office functions (including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting);

Relationship Building – skilled at establishing and cultivating strong long-term relationships with peers, across different of the organizational and externally. Effective at working collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and objectives. Must demonstrate an empathetic disposition and perseverance, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 3-5 years work experience in development with demonstrated success in fundraising with nonprofit organizations
  • Experience with education, the nonprofit world and New York City funding sources desirable
  • Willingness to travel, particularly within 5 boroughs but also where program sites or donor events require participation
  • Availability for working some evenings and weekends is required

How to Apply

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Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations