Major Gifts Officer

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Reports to: Director of Development

The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) partners with the Pasado’s Safe Haven Development Director to build and sustain a robust major gifts program to further the organization’s mission of ending animal cruelty. The MGO forges relationships, and develops and implements tailored strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a personal portfolio for individual major donors and major donor prospects.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify major/planned gift prospects and develop compelling engagement strategies
  • Prepare solicitation planning sheets and proposals for meetings with individual major gift donors and major donor prospects
  • Coordinate donor relation activities with the Development Director, Executive Director, and volunteers
  • Conduct one-to-one cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings with donors and prospects
  • Use “moves management” to motivate donors and prospects to make “stretch” gifts to Pasado’s Safe Haven
  • Track progress against annual and multiyear goals and benchmarks
  • Maintain prospect lists and prospect tracking reports, utilizing Little Green Light software
  • Participate as a member of the Development Department team
  • Provide staff support to relevant volunteer committees
  • Other duties as needed


Required Qualifications


  • Passionate about our mission of ending animal cruelty
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Highly organized and self-motivated; ability to work independently and collaboratively as situations warrant
  • Proven ability to create and manage a major gifts portfolio
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Ability to stay focused on outcomes with competing priorities in a dynamic environment
  • Positive attitude and mature perspective
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and dedication to the mission
  • Comfortable dealing with confidential information
  • Minimum 3 years of proven resource development and fundraising experience, preferably raising major gifts ($5,000+)
  • Minimum of B.A. required
  • Experience with Little Green Light software is a plus


  • Medical, dental, and vision, (employees contribute a percentage)
  • 401(K)
  • Paid-time-off and holidays, accrued according to schedule
  • “At cost” veterinary care when possible
  • Opportunity to bring your dog to work

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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