Major Gifts Officer
The CHRIS 180 mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community. We accomplish this mission through an integrated Family of Services that:
CHRIS 180 is committed to collaboration, use of the best available science, evidence-based practices, and a trauma informed organizational culture, policies and practices which facilitates and supports resiliency, recovery and self sufficiency and that prevents trauma from occurring or reoccurring wherever possible.
CHRIS 180 Values:
Creativity We are innovative agents of change identifying new solutions and approaches.
Honor We celebrate each persons individuality and the gifts of diversity.
Respect We honor one another, treat each other with kindness and work together as a team.
Integrity We are transparent, trustworthy and accountable. Always.
Safety We create consistent environments free from danger in which people have the opportunity to grow and become the best they can be.
Since 1981 CHRIS 180 has been dedicated to healing and recovery for children, youth, adults and families. Through a trauma informed family of services CHRIS 180 offers: counseling for the community at large; school based mental health counseling; homes for abused, neglected and troubled foster children with emotional and behavioral problems who are in state custody; supportive housing for single and parenting young people, ages 17 24 who are homeless or aging out of foster care; in-home services and community programs that strengthen families; outreach, drop-in and community housing for older teens, young adults and young adult families; a community center; an adoption program for children in foster care; and, training for professionals, human service workers, educators, volunteers, individuals who work within the community, other organizations and children, youth and families. The goal for all services is to unlock the potential that resides in each person to help them become self sufficient, contributing adults who have the skills to navigate lifes challenges.
The Major Gifts Officer is a regular, full-time position responsible for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of contributions from major donors and major donor prospects (in coordination with the Vice President of Development, CEO, and volunteer leadership).
This position will play an important role in significantly growing the number of CHRIS 180s higher dollar donors, building and managing a portfolio of major gift prospects, expanding the scope and scale of CHRIS 180s philanthropic efforts, and helping formulate strategy and implementation of plans to achieve fundraising goals. There is an expectation that this person will be visible in the community and will be expected to be at a significant number of evening events as part of their responsibilities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The duties and responsibilities of the Major Gifts office include but not limited to:
Implement programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the major gift level ($2500 and above), with a specific emphasis on growing the base of donors making gifts of at least $10k. Actively participate in the identification and qualification of new major gifts.
Cultivate and grow a visible presence within the progressive community and be seen as part of the engaged and active donor community in the metro Atlanta area. Regularly attend and represent CHRIS 180 at important events in the community and build a robust network of donors and prospects.
Develop relationships with CHRIS 180s existing donor and volunteer leadership base, working strategically with the Board of Directors, volunteer leadership, and CHRIS 180 staff. Ensure donors feel connected to the organization, staff and mission and recognize the importance of CHRIS 180s mission and impact in the community.
Develop a comprehensive plan to include upgrading current donors and identifying and soliciting new donors to meet budgeted revenue goals.
Identify additional opportunities for engagement with donors and prospects to support CHRIS 180s fundraising events, other activities, and Planned Giving program.
Assist in identifying prospects in the metro Atlanta are that are potential matches with CHRIS 180s corporate outreach efforts.
Foster opportunities for other CHRIS 180 staff leadership with donors and other community leaders in the metro Atlanta area. Provide in-depth briefing documents in advance of such meetings. Execute events and other fundraising activities that advance CHRIS 180s relationship with donors/prospects
Lead preparation & staffing of senior leaders at events & individual meetings and possess a strong ability to represent CHRIS 180 as needed.
Prepare written documents in support of solicitation, cultivation and development events, including correspondence, strategic plans, invitations and reports. Develop highly tailored proposals.
Provide reporting to board members and volunteer leadership related to major donor fundraising including, but not limited to, active major donor reports, prospect reports, and progress toward budgeted goals.
Manage current donor and prospect cultivation and solicitation plans through the use of donor softwareidentifying next steps, stewardship and cultivation opportunities, etc.
Actively share information on planned giving opportunities as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:
Bachelors degree (or equivalent experience) required with a minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising.
Comfortable working independently and as a member of a larger team.
Must be well organized, detail-oriented and have proven experience in securing major gifts.
Must be able to prioritize multiple assignments and be able to handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated proficiency in writing and strong communications skills.
Strong public speaking skills and the ability to represent CHRIS 180 in a variety of settings.
Exceptional strength in donor relations.
Flexibility with work schedule; this position does require occasional evening and weekend work.
Understanding of donor-based software is necessary.
REPORTS TO: VP of Development