Major Gifts Officer

Wednesday, Sep 7 2016

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for significantly contributing to the growth in Common Cause’s Individual Major Donor revenue stream. This will be achieved by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of individual donors with the capacity to make annual gifts of $1,000 and greater. The position works with board members, the president and staff to cultivate and solicit major donors. The Major Gifts Officer also works with state executive directors and staff to design and implement their major donor campaigns with the goal of increasing donors and income in the states. This position also plays an important role in designing and implementing fundraising events at the national and state level.


Individual Donors

  • Manage portfolio of prospects and current donors with the capacity to make donations of $1000+. The Major Gifts Officer will ideally build our number of donors at the $1,000-$9,999 annual giving levels.
  • Staff the president, board members and other staff in their donor responsibilities, including identifying prospects, arranging visits, staffing call time and meetings, developing strategies and target amounts for asks.
  • Work directly with state leadership and staff to design major donor programs; helping to identify major donor prospects, appropriate asks, systems to track donor engagement, and strategies to build a major donor network to meet revenue projections.
  • Provide stewardship for donors that will include facilitating the president and board members calling/writing to donors, preparing special personalized mailings, writing personalized thank you letters, making donor calls and other development activities.
  • Coordinate with other development staff and the digital department on donor stewardship and recognition activities including acknowledgements, special events, mailings of donor updates and report and delivery of donor benefits.
  • Travel occasionally to cultivate and solicit donors at in-person meetings.

Planned Giving

  • Identify, meet, cultivate and solicit planned giving donors and prospects, coordinating as needed with state leadership, the president, and other staff.


  • Work with state leadership and staff to design and execute fundraising events from small house parties to large benefits; assist with creating revenue goals, identify prospective supporters, solicit donors and design strategies for event follow up
  • Provide support for national events including outreach, fundraising and stewardship events; research prospects, design events and create revenue goals, draft invitations and sponsor letters, solicit donors, staff event committees, staff event, and manage follow up.
  • Assist with special projects and perform other related duties that contribute to the development department and Common Cause goals as assigned.


  • 3-5 years of experience and successful track record in cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding gifts of $1,000 and greater
  • Experience managing a national donor portfolio
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Success in deadline-driven environment with shifting demands and priorities
  • Demonstrated success in working with board, staff and volunteers at all levels
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to travel and work evenings and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Commitment to the Common Cause mission and democracy issues

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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