Major Gifts Officer

  • 860 NW Vaughn Rd, Bentonville, AR 72713, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides 24-hour residential, emergency triage care for children throughout Arkansas who are victims of abandonment, abuse or neglect. Our mission is to provide these children in crisis with a safe haven, high-quality care and hope for the future.

Job Description

The NWA Children’s Shelter seeks a strategic and accomplished fundraiser with experience in major and annual gifts. The Officer will be responsible for building and growing NWACS’s pipeline of major and annual fund donors through identification, cultivation and solicitation.


  • Twenty-one years of age or older. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Five plus years of experience in major gift fundraising. 
  • Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts preferred, with a documented record of productivity. 
  • Flexible schedule to include some evening and weekend work. 
  • Must pass all criminal history and child maltreatment background checks. 
  • Must submit to pre-employment drug screen as well as random drug screens when directed. 
  • Valid driver's license, proof of personal automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record required to drive NWACS vehicles and/or for NWACS business.    Adheres to all NWACS policies and procedures.

Additional Information

  • Maintain a personal portfolio of major gift/who prospects (defined as those giving a gift of $5,000+), as well as those donors or prospects that have the capacity to give at the majors level or higher. 
  • Serve as the primary relationship manager for this portfolio of prospects, developing and implementing a written donor strategy and relationship record.   
  • Communicate with portfolio through face to face cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings, and written strategies; ensure that each major donor and prospect has a clear strategy and timeline for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. 
  • Develop solicitation strategies for donors/prospects in support of the organization’s annual fund and planned giving. 
  • Support the fundraising efforts of the Executive Director in securing new and renewed gifts. 
  • With the Community Engagement Director, create and manage organizational budget; track and report on progress to goal, including contracts, gifts and pledges. 
  • Ensure proper recognition in all publications and oversee accurate donor lists for those publications.         
  • Conducts personal solicitations. 
  • Maintains confidentiality and privacy regarding all residents' information in accordance to NWACS policy and all applicable federal and state laws/regulations. 
  • Carry out work tasks in a way that conforms to and supports the mission, vision, and values of NWACS as well as professional and ethical standards. 
  • Establish effective professional relationships with peers, support staff, volunteers, supervisors, and other professionals. 
  • Attends and participates in mandatory trainings, staff meetings, and all other events, as required. 
  • Sets, maintains, and communicates appropriate personal and professional boundaries. 
  • Completes all required documentation in a timely manner per agency procedures. Other duties as assigned. 
  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.