Major Gifts Officer

  • Management Recruiters - Mid Hudson Valley
  • Remote
  • Apr 11, 2019
Full time Non-Profit

Job Description


Remote Position – May be Based Anywhere in the U.S.

Management Recruiters - Mid Hudson Valley is an executive search firm focused solely in serving the nonprofit sector.  We have a national practice and the large majority of our placements are executive leadership and senior fundraising professionals.

Our client is VegFund. VegFund’s mission is to empower vegan advocates worldwide through grant funding and supporting effective outreach that inspires people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle. VegFund provides funding for food sampling, film screenings, vegfests/health fairs, conferences and learning events. They also develop training for activists, curate the best available research on plant-based living and effective advocacy and facilitate information sharing among vegan activists.

VegFund has engaged us to recruit and place a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) with them. This position can be based remotely anywhere in the Continental United States.  

Position Overview 

Created as a new position in the organization, the MGO will serve as a key member of VegFund’s leadership team.  The MGO will work with the VegFund Executive Director and the Board to plan and implement fundraising strategies that increase the organization’s support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other sources, with a special emphasis on securing major gifts. The preferred candidate would also have broad knowledge of other development tactics, including online giving, marketing and special events, board management and planned giving. The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting specific annual revenue goals. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Guide the strategic plan development for new donor cultivation, working with the support of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
  • Research, identify and prospect for funding opportunities among major gifts prospects and foundations and provide input to online strategies and other tactics to raise funds from the existing public support base of VegFund.
  • Develop funding pitches and donor communications.
  • Assist with relationship building with strategically aligned corporate and nonprofit partners.
  • Write formal grant and giving proposals.
  • Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Facilitate meetings between the VegFund Executive Director and established and prospective donors.
  • Provide input to the structure, implementation and ongoing management of a contact management database.
  • Manage support staff and volunteers to assist with all fundraising activities, record keeping and reporting.
  • Strategically engages board members, organization executives and current donors in peer‐prospect identification, visits, and closings.
  • Routinely networks with corporate executives, and interacts with high‐net worth individuals for the purpose of cultivating personal relationships and developing personal giving.


  • A minimum of four years of success in cultivating, growing and managing a portfolio of major gifts plus having worked in various aspects of fundraising development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Professional certification in fundraising development is a plus.
  • A personal and professional commitment to the mission and principles of VegFund.
  • Proficiency with professional software platforms and information sources to identify major gifts leads and to enable and track fundraising activities.
  • Skills in creating powerful and compelling written and oral communications; ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials; professionalism to present materials to external audiences.
  • Effective work relationships with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Leadership ability and aptitude for innovation and creative strategic thinking to find new solutions to fundraising challenges.
  • An ability and willingness to travel nationally.
  • Experience in fundraising development in the sectors of animal protection, environmental, human health or international economic development is preferred.
  • Competency to organize data and information.
  • Self-motivation and discipline.

 This is a full-time, salaried position.  VegFund offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

If you are interested in this excellent career opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter (Word documents, please) directed towards Tome Damewood (Owner / Manager).