Major Gifts Officer Salary
|Salary||$47,813 - $88,122|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $13,911|
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|$48,042 - $89,311|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $13,911|
|Total Pay (||$48,042 - $89,311|
Job Description for Major Gifts Officer
The purpose of a major gifts officer is to target possible donors for substantial donations to an organization and to solicit them for a large donation. In many cases, the process includes taking the potential donor to lunch, allowing him or her to meet with members on the board of directors, and demonstrating to the person why the company would benefit from their donation. Some of this job can take place in an office, such as sending emails and making phone calls to potential donors, but it also involves traveling to meet with targets donors.Read More...
There are usually no specific requirements for a qualified major gifts officer, but many employers prefer a candidate who has a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, or a similar field. The most important qualifications are experience and interpersonal skills. Since the major gift officer is expected to spend significant amounts of time with affluent people, it is important that an officer be personable and relatable. The position does not have much contact with other workers in an organization, as a major gift officer can work strictly with the organization's head or board of directors. Time and travel are various, so the major gift officer does not have set hours each day. The work is inconsistent, and a major gift officer works on an as-needed basis.
The most important part of a major gifts officer's position is to work directly with donors. By setting donation financial plans and securing long-term donations from targeted people, the major gifts officer secures the long-term financial stability of nonprofit organizations.
Major Gifts Officer Tasks
- Coordinates and executes strategic plans and programs that increase fundraising capacity.
- Records budget data including income and expense information.
- Recruits, trains, and delegates volunteers for fundraising events.
- Oversees the communication with donors and potential donors.
Popular Employer Salaries for Major Gifts Officer
United Way attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K.
Popular Skills for Major Gifts Officer
Survey results suggest that Major Gifts Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Fundraising, Major Gifts Fundraising, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Donor Relations and Grant Writing. Those educated in Fundraising tend to be well versed in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).
Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Officer
Pay by Experience for a Major Gifts Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Major Gifts Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 206 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Major Gifts Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 190 salaries. An experienced Major Gifts Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 106 salaries. A Major Gifts Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 33 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Major Gifts Officers, busy St. Louis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Major Gifts Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Major Gifts Officers in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 19 percent less, respectively).
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