Major Gifts Officer

The Home for Little Wanderers

Posted: 4/23/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Boston

Postal code: 02135

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The Home for Little Wanderers (The Home) provides a seamless continuum of vital programs and services for every stage of child and family development. For more than 200 years, the Home has earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their own communities, even when they don’t have family support.

Serving children and youth from birth to twenty-two, The Home makes a positive impact on over 12,000 lives each year through a network of services including behavioral health, therapeutic residential and special education, adoption and foster care. In addition, a number of innovative programs provide specialized assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood from state systems of care.

The Home continuously measures the impact of its work to develop and enhance its programs. It never gives up on children. And it doesn’t let children give up on themselves. By advocating on behalf of each and every one of them, the Home strengthens its families, communities and the Commonwealth.

The Home for Little Wanderers mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.

To learn more about The Home for Little Wanderers please visit

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Home for Little Wanderers seeks a Major Gifts Officer for their Brighton, MA based office. Reporting directly to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer has primary responsibility for securing major gifts from individuals in his/her portfolio of 150 individuals. This position requires a high level of professionalism, collegiality, self-motivation and a strong believe in the mission of The Home for Little Wanderers.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150 individual major donors and prospects with a focus on gifts of $10,000 and larger.
  • Identify new prospects through research of news and local and national philanthropic landscape.
  • Utilize available research tools and populate Raiser’s Edge with philanthropic data on prospects.
  • Manage relationships with prospective and existing donors in all aspects of the gift cycle including: identifying, qualifying, and initiating contact with potential donors; developing appropriate cultivation strategies for moving potential donors towards solicitation and closure; making solicitations of major and planned gifts; and maintaining stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Develop understanding of and demonstrate commitment to the mission and full range of programs of The Home in articulating a clear and compelling case for financial support.
  • Educate and engage donors and prospects through tours, small-group gatherings, and other educational and volunteer activities in conjunction with appropriate staff members.
  • Solicit support for The Home’s annual fundraising events.
  • Create gift proposals for donor solicitations.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Development Team and all of the other departments of The Home, establishing working relationships with program staff throughout the organization.


The Major Gifts Officer will possess a significant track record of success and experience in fundraising and possess the following:

  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of The Home for Little Wanderers;
  • Ability to solicit for support of annual fundraising events;
  • Create gift proposals for donor solicitations;
  • Ability to work with Corporate and Foundation Relations staff to leverage individual donors’ relationships to organizational funding sources and to identify individual major gift prospects from within existing or emerging corporate and foundation relationships;
  • Ability to track against individual fundraising goals; track solicitation amounts, anticipated gifts, pledges, and revenue. Provide regular revenue and cash flow updates on projections;
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge is preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and:
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

The Home for Little Wanderers has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Submit confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumés with cover letters here.

The Home for Little Wanderers is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We encourage applicants of all ages and diverse backgrounds to apply.


To receive targeted job listings like this one by e-mail please create a job alert