Regional Major Gifts Officer, Upper Midwest


The Regional Major Gifts Officer is the critical link in initiating and cultivating relationships with potential major donors (individuals, corporations, churches, and foundations) who have the capability of making significant financial contributions to the mission of Plant With Purpose. The Regional Major Gifts Officer will work collaboratively with the Director of Development and Marketing and Major Gifts Team to build an effective development strategy in the Upper Midwest region with a strong emphasis on major gifts. The Regional Major Gifts Officer will identify new prospective donors throughout the region; build and maintain strong relationships with existing Plant With Purpose major donors; and professionally and effectively ask for financial gifts to further the mission and programs of Plant With Purpose.


LOCATION: Work from home with frequent virtual communication with the Plant With Purpose team. Can be located anywhere near Chicago, Minneapolis, or Grand Rapids, with willingness to travel throughout the Upper Midwest region.

TYPE: Full-time

LEVEL: Professional

DEPARTMENT: Development



  • Manage a portfolio of donor relationships for major gift identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

  • Collaborate with the development team to leverage donor acquisition and retention strategies

  • Compellingly articulate the mission, vision, and ministry of Plant With Purpose

  • Use donor database system to track communication and moves management strategies with potential and current major donors while broadening donor network at all levels through the use of innovative technology and evolving relationship management tools

  • Prepare written proposals, with the help of the Major Gifts Team, which effectively and compellingly describe the work of Plant With Purpose and the “return on investment” that each donor will see

  • Keep abreast of the mission of Plant With Purpose by interfacing with field staff and technical advisors, and by visiting projects

  • Be able to effectively describe any Plant With Purpose project, the cost to accomplish the project, and the expected outcomes to donors

  • Leverage speaking opportunities for the Executive Director, Director of Strategic Partnerships, and key field and technical staff, in order to build awareness of Plant With Purpose and help secure funding for any of its projects

  • Ensure gifts from major donors are properly designated, thanked, and followed up on with timely information and updates on the impact each gift has accomplished

  • Submit activity reports each week to the Director of Development and Marketing and attend in-house meetings for the purpose of strategy and evaluation

  • Articulate your personal walk with Jesus Christ and relate it to the ministry of Plant With Purpose in conversations with individual donors and churches

  • Observe project implementation in progress thereby developing a good understanding of the context, opportunities, and challenges

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by Director of Development and Marketing



  • Ability to build effective working relationships with donors, board members, and US and international colleagues

  • Persistence and sensitivity in building donor relationships that lead to major gifts

  • Excellent networking skills

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and adaptability of communication techniques to differing audiences

  • Ability to listen, synthesize, and develop ideas and information

  • Acute attention to detail and organization

  • Ability to initiate, self start, work independently, and manage time effectively

  • Knowledge of the Upper Midwest region (culture, networks, and giving)


  • International experience and cross-cultural skills

  • Competency with donor database system


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and at least 5 years of professional experience

  • Candidates who have been successful in this role have come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds

  • Proven connection to the mission of Plant With Purpose, a heart for fundraising as a ministry, and an eagerness to learn and employ strategy will serve as the primary selection criteria


  • Influencer

  • Adaptable

  • Innovative

  • Open-minded

  • Self-motivated

  • Servant leader

  • Collaborative team mentality

  • Dedicated to learning


  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in the holistic mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower

  • Possess a love for the poor, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or culture; and a burden to connect them with God’s love and the compassion of supporters in the United States

  • Ability to be a genuine team player and work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures

  • Embody a commitment to the organizational values of Plant With Purpose: faith, collaboration, stewardship, sustainability, empowerment, and innovation


Salary commensurate with experience; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401k with up to 8% match after 6 months of employment; 15 paid vacation days; 8 sick days.


Mid-October 2016


Applications accepted on a rolling basis