MiracleFeet is a global nonprofit working to eliminate a leading cause of physical disability worldwide. Over two million children live with the severe consequences of a treatable birth defect known as clubfoot, and 175,000 more babies are born with it every year. Thanks to a non-surgical solution called the Ponseti method, 95 percent of cases can be fully treated for less than $500. Since 2010, MiracleFeet has scaled this proven, low-cost treatment to 27 countries where children previously had limited or no access to care. Still, today fewer than one in five children has access to treatment.
MiracleFeet is the largest organization exclusively dedicated to this global health crisis. As we continue to grow, we need enthusiastic and inspired team members to help secure the funding required to end this solvable problem for every child on the planet.
The Major Gifts Officer will support the development and execution of MiracleFeet’s major donor fundraising strategy by managing and growing a diverse portfolio of individual, corporate, and family foundation donors and prospects. MiracleFeet plans to raise $15M in gifts and future pledges over the next 2 years in order to grow its annual operating budget from $6M to $9M per year by 2023. This position will be responsible for developing the donor pipeline to support this trajectory.
Reporting to the Interim Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will cultivate relationships with high net worth individuals to fuel the steady growth of our organization, create compelling proposals to achieve revenue and renewal targets year over year, and deliver impactful stewardship experiences to our supporters. The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraiser—one who is passionate about MiracleFeet’s mission and committed to reaching ambitious goals. The Major Gifts Officer will work in close collaboration with MiracleFeet’s Executive Director and a growing fundraising team.
This is a full-time, exempt position, based either in MiracleFeet’s Chapel Hill, NC office, or remotely in the San Francisco Bay area. This role requires frequent travel to visit donors.
• Cultivate current and prospective donor relationships through targeted outreach to build MiracleFeet’s major donor pipeline
• Conduct visits and other high-level interactions with high net worth individuals and family foundations
• Support MiracleFeet’s leadership in fundraising activities, including recommending appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, debriefing following visits, and managing follow up activity
• Identify donors and prospects with the capacity to give $10,000+ and create strategies for engagement and solicitation
• Explore major donors’ philanthropic priorities and interests to identify opportunities that align with MiracleFeet’s mission
• Support international fundraising efforts, especially in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland
• Plan and execute meaningful engagement opportunities to build donor retention
• Attend networking events and pursue opportunities to showcase MiracleFeet’s work
• Collaborate with the marketing team to develop creative and impactful content for proposals, reports, correspondence, and campaign appeals
• Schedule, plan, and accompany donors on international clinic visits
• Identify, recruit, and support hosts for regional fundraising events
• Collaborate with team members to ensure timely and accurate completion of routine work such as gift acknowledgements, solicitation and cultivation mailings, event invitations, and database coding of gifts
• Work closely with program team to acquire knowledge needed to create comprehensive proposal strategies
• Perform other duties as assigned
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees may have other duties assigned at any time.
• Bachelor’s degree
• 4 years of experience, including a track record of successfully soliciting gifts from major donors, foundations, and corporations in the $10,000 – $100,000 range.
• Experience using constituent relationship management software and database systems
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Ability to travel up to 30% of the time
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Commitment to goal attainment, high degree of initiative, and ability to motivate and engage high-level volunteers and donors
• Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and accountability, specifically in regard to managing deliverables and meeting deadlines
• Highly organized with excellent time-management, prioritization, and investigative skills
• Superior written and oral communication skills, as well as interpersonal and motivational skills, with experience writing proposals
• Ability to develop and follow through on creative and effective solicitation strategies
• An eye for creating efficiencies and keeping track of details
• Good listener with strong ability to internalize key messaging and language
• Experience in the field of international development or related issues preferred
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Health insurance provided
• Three weeks of vacation per year
• Optional dental and vision insurance
• 401K plan available; employer match offered
• Life insurance and disability insurance provided
Please submit your detailed cover letter and resume here.
Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2020 or until the position is filled.
MiracleFeet is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.