Major Gifts Director Salary
Major Gifts Directors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $92K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Major Gifts Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Major Gifts Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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Job Description for Major Gifts Director
Non-profit organizations like charities, schools, and colleges often depend on sizeable financial gifts from well-to-do donors, which allow these groups to address short- and long-term needs, plans, and goals. Many non-profit organizations rely on a major gifts director to serve as the “face” of the organization and meet with potential donors and supporters to express their needs, explain goals, and gain support for the organization’s mission.Read More...
These directors seek out potential donors by building relationships with other donors, board members, and interest groups, as well as local (and sometimes regional and national) groups to express the organization's goals. They serve as the primary point of contact between prominent donors and the organization itself to relay information and address concerns, and they also plan and implement campaigns for raising funds, as well as assemble marketing information and track progress toward the organization’s goals. Attending fundraisers and receptions is also common, and they may provide tours of the non-profit’s facilities and off-site locations their organizations serve.
Major gifts directors should have excellent communication and sales skills to secure donations and the ability to work with all types of people. A bachelor’s degree and a track record of previous fundraising success over an extended length of time may be minimum requirements for this position.
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Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director
Pay by Experience for a Major Gifts Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Major Gifts Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 17 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Major Gifts Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Major Gifts Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 24 salaries. A Major Gifts Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 11 salaries.
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