Organization: GI Research Foundation (GIRF) www.girf.org Title: Director of Major Gifts Position Level: Director Position Reports to: Board of Directors Sector: Healthcare/Medical Employment Type: Full-Time Location: Chicago, IL, remote optional
Who We Are: The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.
Fundraising Goal: Meet and grow the Annual Fundraising of 1.5 Million which includes the Annual Ball, Summer Event, Annual Giving and various additional fundraising campaigns.
Position Overview: After almost 60 years of growth, GIRF is poised to expand its team to include its first major gifts officer. Under the leadership of a seasoned, dedicated and talented Board of Directors, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for the launch, design and implementation of an innovative and sustainable multi-million dollar major gifts program.
The Director of Major Gifts (DMG) will work with the Board of Directors and scientific advisors from the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center, to build a major gifts program that enhances relationships with existing donors and develops relationships with new institutional and individual funders. Focusing on grateful patients, pharmaceutical partners and influential community leaders, the DMG will create and execute a plan to qualify, cultivate, steward and solicit donors and prospects. S/he will also oversee the tracking and management of a robust prospect pool to ensure an ongoing pipeline of philanthropic support. The DMG will manage their own robust portfolio of prospective donors including individuals, foundations and corporations.
Meet and grow annual fundraising goals of approximately $1.5m. Monitor and evaluate progress of reaching fundraising strategies and goals.
Craft and implement GIRFs major giving program. Cultivate relationships with prospective funders and supporters, with an emphasis on individual donors.
Lead all major gift planning and help carry out all aspects of major annual fundraising events.
Participate in the planning and implementation of strategies to promote planned giving and work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve fundraising goals.
Identify and cultivate relationships with philanthropists in the healthcare sector, especially those with an interest in gastro-intestinal research.
Solicit high capacity donors and prospects; manage a portfolio of donors and prospects at the $25k level and above.
Partner with leadership to similarly advance board member relationships with individuals, families, foundations, corporations and foundations in their network; formalize the work of the Foundation’s development committee.
Create a process by which a moves management process is tracked in the organization’s donor database; coordinate moves with donors and prospects, and engage medical/scientific advisors in donor cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
Utilize the Foundation’s special events programming, board meetings and key initiatives as opportunities to deepen major donor engagement.
Create opportunities to attract, recognize and steward donors via a major donor recognition program/society; develop giving levels and membership benefits.
Develop and oversee the Foundation’s major giving communications program; research and evaluate new prospects.
Assist in office functions, as needed.
Required Qualifications, Characteristics and Skill Sets: - BA degree and a minimum of 5+ years fundraising experience - Proven track record of managing a major giving portfolio; significantly growing major gift revenue and securing major gifts from high net worth donors and prospects - Accomplished relationship builder with a deep understanding of the process required to plan and implement a multi million-dollar comprehensive campaign effort - Ability to motivate board members and volunteers to prospect, cultivate, steward and solicit within their networks - Extensive knowledge of the Chicago donor community; experience in the medical/ healthcare sector a plus - Self-starter with experience managing multiple projects concurrently; comfortable working autonomously - Highly motivated, goal oriented, organized, detailed, collaborative, creative and persistent - Superior written and verbal communications skills - Proficient use of Little Green Light Software for Donor Management - Experience in a higher education advancement environment or the healthcare sector - Informed interest in gastro-intestinal research and/or other health sciences - Knowledge of the pharmaceutical funding sector
Competitive salary and benefits package available. Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
About GI Research Foundation
The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is dedicated to raising funds to support the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.