This position supports the organization's fund-raising strategy to grow individual mid-major gifts by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects within the $5,000 to $9,999 giving level. The Mid-Major Gifts Officer is responsible for supporting the Director of Annual Giving with the overall strategic direction, management, and expansion of the mid-major gifts program, and will manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150-175 prospects. The Mid-Major Gifts Officer will be part of an Annual Giving team responsible for a collective revenue goal of $14 million dollars out of a $20 million dollar revenue goal for Individual Giving. Specifically, the mid-major gifts program has a $1.3 million dollar revenue target. The candidate will be an individual with a rich development background, who has had progressive and successful experience in developing and growing mid-major gifts programs.
Planning and Reporting
Support supervisor and team members to develop annual plan that includes clear goals and objectives for growing mid-major gifts as well as metrics to monitor success.
Create reports as required by supervisor and leadership that accurately reflect Mid-Major program development, caseload activity and performance.
Identification and Cultivation
Collaborate with supervisor and other team members to develop "top prospect" lists based on giving histories, research, and anecdotal knowledge.
Create individualized cultivation strategies for a select number of donors each quarter based on guidance from senior management, and overall best practice fundraising strategies.
Maintain portfolio of 150 -175 mid-major prospect
Solicitation and Moves Management
Support supervisor in planning and executing annual moves management process
Compose individual donor proposals for mid-major donors
Work with supervisor and development team to plan solicitation strategies and execute asks for mid-major donors
Recognition and Stewardship
Oversee and participate in appropriate recognition opportunities for mid-major donors, which may include special events, developing targeted print and online publications, and/or assessing physical sites for permanent acknowledgements.
Collaborate with other development team members on stewardship activities as needed.
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor degree with 5+ years of development experience.
Experience with developing mid-major gift solicitation and program development.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Effective presentation and negotiation skills.
Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to actively listen.
Team oriented focus with the ability to work independently.
Highly organized & detail oriented.
Adaptable and flexible, and able to handle several priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated initiative and willingness to take on new projects.
Proficiency in MS Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
Development database experience (Raisers Edge/NXT experience desirable)
General office environment; limited exposure to warehouse environment.
Interacts with GCFD staff, financial donors, volunteers, and general public.
Local travel depending on events; evening and weekend hours are required as needed.
About The Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 700 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 159,000 meals every day.