Major Gifts Director Salary
Average Major Gifts Directors in the United States make around $89K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Major Gifts Directors. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$61,598 - $125,948|
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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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Major Gifts Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $87K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $87K. On average, Major Gifts Directors make $93K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Major Gifts Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $96K.
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