Senior Major Gifts Officer Salary
An average Senior Major Gifts Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $83K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Major Gifts Officers (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Job Description for Senior Major Gifts Officer
Senior major gifts officers are responsible for coordinating fundraising, receiving donations, and completing administrative tasks for their organizations, as well as contacting prospective donors, conducting annual events to recognize the organization's efforts, and brainstorming ideas for short-and long-term strategies to increase brand-recognition and loyalty.Read More...
Senior major gifts officers use a personal computer to research market trends and contact current and potential donors, and they also create invitations and progress reports based on their daily interactions. Interpersonal skills are important in this position to provide a good image of their organization, and they also respond to event questions and provide guidance for donor programs. Multitasking skills are important in this position to participate in a variety of gift programs and initiatives, and they typically work in an office environment during regular business hours.
These senior officers are also responsible for reviewing and verifying that budgets are within their estimated values, identifying individuals for fundraising objectives, completing donor forms, and sending tax-related information at the end of the year. They also fill out administrative documents, keep copies for future reference, and prioritize cultivation and promotion of distinguished clients.
A bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing, or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior experience as a gifts officer is also required by most employers. Industry and leadership certifications are also helpful.
Senior Major Gifts Officer Tasks
- Manages a portfolio of individual, company, and organization donors.
- Cultivates relationships with current donors through a series of in-person visits and solicitations.
- Develops plans to secure gifts from new sources.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $86K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Senior Major Gifts Officers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $90K on average.
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