Senior Major Gifts Officer Salary
For Senior Major Gifts Officers, annual average wages total $82K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Senior Major Gifts Officers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The vast majority (85 percent) of Senior Major Gifts Officers who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Major Gifts Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. Senior Major Gifts Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $80K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $88K on average.
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