Senior Major Gifts Officer Salary
Senior Major Gifts Officers in the United States take home approximately $84K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Senior Major Gifts Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Major Gifts Officers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire.
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
- Develops plans to secure gifts from new sources.
- Cultivates relationships with current donors through a series of in-person visits and solicitations.
- Manages a portfolio of individual, company, and organization donors.
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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Major Gifts Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $68K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Major Gifts Officers make a median salary of $87K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $90K on average.
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