The average pay for a Major Gifts Officer is $59,904 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$41,528 - $85,230
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$41,528 - $85,230  
   
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$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,500  
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$41,288 - $85,972  
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Job Description for Major Gifts Officer
A major gifts officer works intimately with the annual giving or fundraising office of an organization. While most staff focus on calling donors for smaller amounts, the major gifts officer is focused on the large donations that the organization regularly receives and is responsible for ensuring that the donors at that level continue to donate substantial amounts. The employee will also look for prospective donors to add to the major gifts database and will keep track of donor information to see that the correct names, addresses, phone numbers, and other means of contact are on file with the organization. While standard office hours are worked, the major gifts officer will also be expected to attend fundraising events for the group, meet with current and prospective donors in person, and ensure that donors see or continue to see the benefit of giving to the organization. To that end, a professional demeanor is required and good social skills are a necessity. The major gifts officer will have excellent organizational and communication skills to keep information up to date and to keep in touch with donors to ensure that they see the impact of their gifts and the gratitude the organization has for their financial assistance. The major gifts officer will review annual donations and make recommendations to the fundraising office regarding how to show appreciation to the major gifts donors, such as an engraved plaque or an engraved brick in one of the walkways on the property. The employee will also be prepared to handle gifts made by bequest.
Major Gifts Officer Tasks
  • Recruits, trains, and delegates volunteers for fundraising events.
  • Oversees the communication with donors and potential donors.
  • Coordinates and executes strategic plans and programs that increase fundraising capacity.
  • Records budget data including income and expense information.
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Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Officer
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Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
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Washington
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New York
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Boston
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Chicago
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San Francisco
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$60,000
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Denver
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Charlotte
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Experience Affects Major Gifts Officer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Major Gifts Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$60,000
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 114 votes.
Gender
Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%
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