The Major Gifts Officer will focus on identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors targeting gifts in the range of $10,000+ annually on behalf of Melwood; maximizing gifts to Melwood; establishing long-term relationships with major donors; and working in collaboration with other members of the development team to meet Melwood's fundraising objectives. The Major Gifts Officer will actively participate in the implementation of Melwood’s philanthropic campaigns and plans, focusing on fundraising priorities and involving volunteers and other stakeholders in the realization of the organization’s strategic goals.
Collaborate with the Vice President of External Affairs to establish clear and measurable goals for the development team and assist in the achievement of said goals.
Develop and execute strategies to secure support from individuals at the leadership gifts level ($10,000 and above) as part of a comprehensive fundraising plan.
Identify, cultivate, steward and solicit a pool of 100-125 prospects; establish and maintain long-term donor relationships. Develop written solicitation plans for new and current major gift prospects within prospect and suspect portfolio, develop relationships with prospects through various cultivation calls, letters and handwritten notes, complete 125-150 significant contacts per year with prospects from portfolio, and solicit and close gifts.
Bachelor's Degree in related field required. Must have a minimum of five (5) years fundraising experience securing major gifts. Must have significant experience in personal solicitation, and familiarity with fundraising practices across individual, corporate, foundation and planned giving.
Melwood envisions a world where people with differing abilities are fully included. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization offering job training, employment, community living, recreation opportunities and life skills to more than 1900 people with developmental disabilities in the Washington, DC area. Melwood operates a training center graduating approximately 100 workers with differing abi...lities each year, and employs approximately 900 people with differing abilities at more than 40 work sites in the National Capital area. Our 108-acre retreat and camp enhances our mission of empowering people with differing abilities to enrich their lives.