Gift Officer – Major Gifts

Job title: Gift Officer – Major Gifts
Organization: Freestore Foodbank
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Job Description

Freestore Foodbank’s mission is to improve lives by eliminating hunger in partnership with our community, and our vision is to create a hunger-free, healthy, and thriving community. To achieve this vision, we provide nutritious food, train workers to have the job skills to gain self-sufficiency, and connect families to support services that offer a pathway from crisis to stability.

Job Title:  Gift Officer – Major Gifts

Job Description Summary

Identify, qualify, solicit, close and steward major gifts ($5,000+) with a focus on high net-worth individuals.  Create strategic requests and reports for donors by working with external affairs team staff to integrate into the overall department goals and plans. Reports to Director of Leadership Gifts.

Essential Job Functions

  • Identify, qualify, solicit, close and steward major and planned gifts from high net-worth individuals through visits and other forms of direct personal contact
  • Execute moves management approach to the portfolio and a custom strategy for each donor to develop approaches to generate new and higher levels of giving
  • Enlist senior management, volunteers and board members in the cultivation and solicitation of major donors and prospects that integrates into the overall department goals and plans
  • Promote and close complex sales such as campaign, endowment and sponsorship gifts
  • Collaborate with the Database Manager and other staff members to analyze portfolios, strategize upgrades and establish goals for outright and planned giving
  • Coordinate cultivation, recognition and stewardship activities, as needed, with other staff members
  • Develop customized communications for donors and supporters in order to deepen their understanding and support of Freestore Foodbank’s mission
  • Meet annual goals for personal visits, solicitation proposals developed and secured, and planned gift asks
  • Monitor and report relationship management activity using constituent relationship management system (Raiser’s Edge) including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current major donors
  • Assist in short and long range planning activities to support and implement fundraising goals and objectives

Additional Responsibilities

  • Independently maintain a schedule to support 150+ relationships
  • Represent the organization externally, providing consistent and positive customer service


Bachelor’s Degree in related field with Master’s preferred

Minimum of 5 years of successful portfolio management experience in a similar field with proven success record in major and/or corporate relations and/or planned gift fundraising.


Skills & Abilities     

  • Ability to work effectively across all departments and teams
  • Strong critical thinking to align organizational needs and donor opportunities
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task, handling many relationships at once. Strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines and function smoothly under deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Strong listening and interpreting skills in order to respond to donor needs
  • Strong writing, oral and presentation communication skills with demonstrated ability to persuade others
  • Proficiency in writing solicitation letters, proposal and stewardship materials
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite with ability to learn Raiser’s Edge, Power Plan and other relevant tracking and reporting systems
  • Must remain knowledgeable of all Freestore Foodbank programs, services and events
  • Must be comfortable with speaking to the public and making presentations
  • Expectation of ability to work some nights/weekends

Direct Reports
No direct reports

Work Environment
Until the current pandemic, this position was in an office environment with some travel expected to visit donors, work between buildings and attend organizational events. For the near future, this position will work in a hybrid environment, working from home and in the office as often as needed. Must be able to transport themselves.

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Maureen Gregory at
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