As part of a small Development team, the essential function of the Major Gifts Officer is to manage ICMC’s key individual philanthropic relationships. The Major Gifts Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of philanthropic donors and prospects, as well as oversee ICMC’s Panned Giving program. Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the Executive Director and Development Associate as an essential part of a Development Team. The holder of this position is responsible for implementing the major donor development strategy as part of a comprehensive annual fundraising plan for the organization. This person will perform a significant share of the ICMC’s major donor solicitations with prospects identified from new sources as well as through a moves management system. The Major Gifts Officer is expected to identify additional individual donors with giving interest, access and capacity for solicitation and stewardship. Candidate must be open and willing to work in a small office and perform administrative duties as necessary, be willing to lend a helping hand when colleagues are pressed to meet deadlines, and accept other assignments from leadership of the office.
Work closely with the Development Team to implement strategies to meet and exceed annual fundraising goals for the ICMC.
Develop and implement a Major Donor strategy contributing to ICMC’s overall fundraising goals.
Maintain an active and current data and knowledge base related to a growing constituency of current and prospective donors.
Assume responsibility for the communications, solicitation and stewardship of members of ICMC’s 1951 Founders’ Circle.
Maintain an active schedule of solicitations, cultivation visits, events and stewardship activities.
Build relationships with mid-level and major donors and prospects.
Set goals to perform and close personal calls and solicitation visits on a regular, well organized, and systematic basis.
Orient (with prior research), partner with, and accompany the Secretary General and Board members on major solicitations.
Orient and mobilize Board members and other volunteers to engage in solicitations and other cultivation/stewardship activities.
Design, develop and implement strong cultivation and stewardship strategies to nurture and maintain relationships with major prospects and donors to all campaigns.
Develop and implement long-range plans for donor engagement and involvement.
Work with the Development Associate to track all donor and prospect interactions through the DonorPerfect database.
Act as a strong “ambassador” for the ICMC, among internal staff and with external constituencies.
Administer ICMC’s Planned Giving program
Maintain visibility and availability in the community and frequently attend community events.
Design, prepare, and implement fundraising events as needed.
Other responsibilities as required or assigned.
Minimum 5 years experience working in nonprofit development in a major gifts environment
Significant and successful experience performing personal solicitations of gifts in excess of $5,000 and managing a portfolio of at least 100 donors.
Understanding of and commitment to the mission of ICMC
Basic understanding of and respect for Catholic values and principles underlying ICMC’s humanitarian and advocacy activities
Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Exceptional skills in leadership and diplomacy
Capacity and skills to use data base programs and other relevant software programs
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
Strong sense of fundraising ethics and respect for confidentiality of donor information
Knowledge of the Catholic donor community is helpful
About International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
ICMC is an international Catholic organization with a mission to serve and protect uprooted people including refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC responds to the challenges of people on the move and their communities, implementing and advocating for rights-based policies and durable solutions through our worldwide membership... of Catholic Bishops Conferences, and alongside government and non-governmental partners. While the ICMC headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland, ICMC has offices in Washington, DC and Boston, Massachusetts, in addition to the many field and liaison offices in 44 countries.
ICMC’s Boston office is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to contribute to ICMC’s overall fundraising strategy in the United States. The ideal candidate will be a team player who will help build the Major Gifts program, while contributing, where necessary, to other fundraising activities initiated from the office. The candidate should be knowledgeable in Catholic teachings and be able to effectively communicate to a majority Catholic audience.