Gilmour Academy is an independent, Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition. The school’s mission is to develop students with the ability to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society. Gilmour instills in every student a strong sense of self-worth through personal achievement and the discovery of his or her own voice.
Working closely with the Director Institutional Advancement and in collaboration with Board members, other departmental/faculty and staff members and constituent group volunteers, the Major Gifts Officer leads the Academy’s major giving initiatives through the development/implementation of programs and strategies that identify, cultivate, track and solicit alumni, parents and friends of Gilmour Academy to meet short and long-term Development goals for the Academy. This individual is responsible for securing "major" ($25,000 and higher) gifts to fund identified campaign and/or institutional priorities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts prospects; recommend and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies of individual prospects, working with administration, faculty and volunteers as appropriate; meet with prospects and volunteers, traveling as necessary. Within a 12-month period, manage a portfolio of no less than 100 prospects.
Direct research requests with the Research Associate to qualify interest and giving potential on parents, alumni, foundations, trustees and friends of the Academy.
Monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. Track and report relationship management activity including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current individual major donors.
Develop, evaluate and refine plans and timetables for regional, departmental or theme assignments; assist with planning and/or directing cultivation events or programs.
Collaborate with trustees dedicated to planned giving initiatives and maintain knowledge of current tax laws, investments and planned giving opportunities; use knowledge in prospect cultivation and solicitation as appropriate.
Assist administrators and faculty in the recognition and prioritization of institutional and departmental funding needs; keep abreast of institutional and departmental priorities, academic programs, personalities and events.
Cultivate and present proposals to corporate and foundation prospects as requested.
Assist the Communications office in editing proposals, newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and other stewardship materials as necessary; assist the Special Events Coordinator with publicity arrangements on important gifts, programs, accomplishments or events.
Participate in regular Advancement staff and organization-wide meetings.
Required knowledge, skills, traits and additional time commitment
Bachelor’s Degree with five to seven years of successful experience in major or planned gift fundraising preferably in education. Superior knowledge of all aspects of fundraising.
Exemplary communicator with demonstrated success serving as an intermediary between an organization and their major gift prospects, managing a variety of interactions in a highly effective manner.
Must be a highly energetic professional, willing to power through challenges and create a successful record of building donor relationships and closing six figure gifts.
High comfort level with cold calls and direct donor interaction. Successful experience in managing a portfolio and developing effective cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the Academy’s fundraising priorities through development of excellent relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees, volunteers, and the advancement office team.
Experience with fundraising database, Raiser’s Edge preferred.
Travel as needed for cultivation and solicitation and occasional night/weekend events require attendance.
Gilmour Academy is a pre-K through grade 12, independent, Catholic, coeducational college-preparatory school, sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross. Founded in 1946, Gilmour offers programs for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 12 as well as a Montessori Preschool Program. A boarding program, which attracts students from around the world, is available for students in grade 7-12.
Located on 144 scenic acres in Gates Mills, Ohio, Gilmour helps each child discover his or her voice through an educational program committed to educating both the mind and heart. Gilmour's mission is to develop in all students "the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society".
Gilmour is chartered by the State of Ohio and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central Stares (ISACS), and The American Montessori Society.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff and trustees bodies should reflect the diverse vorld in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
Gilmour Academy is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.