Major Gifts Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with experience, and our salary range is available upon request by qualified applicants.



Application Deadline:



United States


Organizational information:

The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) believes in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well‐educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas – a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. Our current policy priorities are ensuring health and wellness, expanding economic opportunity, and investing in Texas through revenue systems that meet public needs. We are deeply committed to policy solutions that expand racial, ethnic and gender equity. CPPP’s annual budget is approximately $2.6 million, with a budgeted staff of 22 (21 full-time and 1 part-time). You can learn more about our work at

Overview of position:

The Major Gifts Manager works closely with senior staff to develop and execute a fundraising strategy that expands individual and corporate contributions through donor events and direct solicitations. The position reports to CPPP’s Associate Director, Research and Planning, and directly supports the Executive Director’s execution of the fundraising strategy. The Major Gifts Manager will also work closely with the Board of Directors, Communications Director, Director of Finance and Administration, and Grants Manager. CPPP seeks applicants who share our vision for Texas and will use a range of creative strategies to engage individual donors and raise the financial support needed to help us achieve our vision.

Roles and responsibilities:

·       Has primary responsibility for developing and executing an overall fundraising strategy to expand contributions from major donors, other individual donors, and corporate sponsors.

·       Plans, manages, and provides logistics support for fundraising events and donor functions, including our annual Legacy Luncheon with 500 attendees.

·       Is a member of CPPP’s Development Team, which develops and executes CPPP’s comprehensive fundraising strategy, which includes contributions from major donors, foundations, corporate sponsors, and fee-for-service clients. The Development Team includes the Executive Director, Associate Director, the Major Gifts Manager and the Grants Manager.

·       Works with the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee to actively engage CPPP Board Members in development efforts.

·       Creates and helps the Executive Director and other senior staff execute a comprehensive cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategy for all major donors and prospects.

·       Provides high-level administrative support to the Executive Director and other senior staff in preparation for solicitation or stewardship opportunities, including scheduling meetings and preparing briefing materials in advance of meetings with donors and prospects.

·       Researches and assesses the potential of new major donor prospects.

·       Works with CPPP staff to develop and execute fundraising strategies in connection with other CPPP events.

·       Works with the Communications Director to develop donor-focused written materials for fundraising (i.e., this position does not include grant writing).

·       Works with the Finance Team to ensure effective integration and reconciliation of financial and donor information.

·       Prepares gift acknowledgement letters and other appropriate correspondence to donors.

·       Maintains donor records, and enters and processes all gifts in fundraising database.

·       Tracks progress on major donor fundraising goals and prepares analytic reports.

·       Engages actively in the organizational life of CPPP.

·       Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

·       A demonstrated commitment to CPPP’s vision and mission.

·       A Bachelor’s degree plus three years of relevant professional non-profit fundraising experience or, if no degree, seven years of relevant experience.

·       A track record of effective major donor fundraising for non-profits, preferably in Texas.

·       Experience handling logistics and planning for large events.

·       Comfort with technology and its increasing role in development and donor communication, including facility using social media, email marketing and development software for donor tracking.

·       Strong writing and editing.

·       Strong interpersonal skills, patience, and the ability to communicate with donors and influencers.

·       Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and ability to complete projects under time constraints.

·       Facility managing multiple, simultaneous staff, Board and stakeholder requests.

·       A demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and adaptable, and to work independently.

·       The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment.

·       Enthusiasm for CPPP’s issue areas of health and wellness, economic opportunity and fiscal policy.


The Center offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement contributions, and generous vacation, leave, and holidays.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To apply:

Please email (subject line: CPPP Major Gifts Manager) a cover letter, resume, and two references by close of business on Friday, March 23, 2018, to The cover letter should describe your interest in the position and include a detailed explanation of how your experience meets the minimum qualifications and prepares you for the responsibilities outlined in the job description. Please also include your salary expectations.


E‐mail applications with attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. We do not accept phone inquiries regarding the position.


The Center for Public Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.