Major Gift Officer (Guideposts)

Guideposts Foundation
Danbury, CT

Major Gift Officer to expand an organization that touches millions of lives through faith-based services every day (Danbury, CT)

Founded in 1945 by Norman Vincent Peale, the author of the bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking, Guideposts runs a thriving publishing network that helps people connect their faith-filled values to their daily lives through encouragement, information, entertainment, and true stories of personal change.

Its flagship magazines reach a circulation of more than 7 million people and its award-winning website and web-based clubs allow more than 400,000 readers each month to tailor content to their own stages in life and specific needs.

Under the leadership of John Temple, appointed CEO in 2017, Guideposts has continued to use technology to modernize its outreach, enabling members to better access materials, share testimonials, read faith-based stories, and give actively. Guideposts’ technological growth will support the development program by continuing to enhance its ability to identify, manage, and engage prospects and donors.

Today Guideposts seeks a Major Gift Officer (MGO) to enhance its high-level individual donor program to maximize support for its mission and vision. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Major Gift Officer will manage a portfolio of 150 donors and generate $2M from current and prospective donors. The Major Gift Officer will utilize a disciplined moves management system, engage leaders and senior staff from across the organization, and personally cultivate prospects as both donors and volunteers. While the position requires extensive travel, the location is flexible.

Minimum qualifications for the Major Gift Officer include:

  • 5 or more years of results-oriented experience in the fundraising department of a non-profit organization
  • Evidence of the ability to work effectively within a large organization.
  • Demonstrated success in all phases of major gift fundraising, including prospect research and database management, direct engagement of donors, and personally securing 5-figure gifts.