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Major Gifts Officer, Girl Up

United Nations Foundation (UNF) / Better World Fund (BWF)
Location: Washington DC, USA
Last Date: September 10, 2011

United Nations Foundation (UNF) / Better World Fund (BWF)

Major Gifts Officer, Girl Up 

Vacancy Announcement     


Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, seeks an experienced, dynamic and energetic Major Gifts Officer to manage a growing portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation donors and to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects at the $10,000 level and higher.   

Reporting Relationships / Scope 

The Major Gifts Officer for the Girl Up campaign reports to the Director of Girl Up and is an integral part of a strong, close-knit Global Partnerships team devoted to collaborative decision-making and donor and prospect management to helping shape the future of the UN Foundation.  

The Major Gifts Officer is embedded in the UN Foundationís Girl Up campaign team and works in daily collaboration with and in support of the Girl Up campaign Director. 

Responsibilities / Deliverables

The Major Gifts Officer:  

  • Manages a portfolio of individual donors and  proactively  identifies, cultivates, solicits, secures and retains annual gifts of $10,000 and above to the Girl Up campaign (for both overhead and support for in-country programs);
  • Coordinate all corporate (60%) and major gift (40%) fundraising on behalf of the campaign;
  • Monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful relations;

         Develops a strategic plan to engage prospective donors in new ways through events, media, online outreach, etc;

         Travels extensively to cultivate donors and prospects in-person throughout the country; (30%)

  • Organizes and plans donor meetings for  the Girl Up Director, the Development Team and other members of UN Foundation senior staff where appropriate;
  • Works with the events and development team to coordinate and plan major donor involvement in Girl Up events;
  • Manages all follow up communications with major and prospective donors, corporations and foundations on behalf of the Girl Up campaign; and

         Manages the collection and tracking of donor information, stewardship and cultivation details. 

Selection Criteria 

  • College degree required;
  • Minimum Experience Required: 3-4years proven experience in fundraising with demonstrated success developing strategies for foundations, corporations and major gift strategies,
  • Knowledge and use of database or fundraising software;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Polished presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexible schedule with an ability to travel and work evenings and weekends when necessary;
  • Self-starter and ability to work across multiple departments and with a range of people;
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in girlís and womenís issues, international affairs, global health, or other relevant topics.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience.  Actual salary will depend on qualifications and anticipated contribution to the Foundation.  

UNF pays 100% of medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance premiums for its employees and 75% of medical and vision for employees' dependents.  

In addition, UNF provides 20 days of paid vacation per year, 12 paid holidays, three personal days per year, an immediately vested 150% matching 403(b) contribution up to a limit of six-percent of employee pay, Metro Pass benefits, and flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care.   


Washington, DC 

To Apply 

Please apply on-line at 

All applicants must submit a cover letter - please save upload your resume and cover letter as one document - either .pdf or .doc. 

Please contact Nick Bacon by email at with any questions.
UNF/BWF is an AA/EEO employer.
People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 


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