Major Gifts Officer

Major Gifts Officer

Department of Development

Cleveland Animal Protective League

Position Overview

The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s (APL) mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering.  Incorporated in 1913, we are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.  As a 501(c)3 agency, our operations are not funded or controlled by any government or national animal welfare organization.  Our services and programs are made available through fundraising and the community’s philanthropic generosity as well as service fees.

Recognizing philanthropy’s importance to the sustainability and success of the APL and with a transformative capital project soon to break ground and its fundraising campaign already under way, the APL has committed resources to create a new position in its department of development – Major Gifts Officer.  This position is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional with specific experience cultivating and growing a base of individual donors.  The ideal candidate will be a high-energy and highly competent fundraiser who can collaborate with the existing team of staff responsible for sustaining more than $3.8 million in contributed income annually and growing this support every year.  The incoming Major Gifts Officer will join the organization at a time when they will have significant impact on the success of the APL’s ambitious $13.5M capital fundraising effort over the next few years.

Organizationally, it is a time to work with an engaged Board, campaign and senior leadership teams at the APL and an opportunity to join the APL as it focuses on transforming its campus to better serve the animals in its care, provide an even higher degree of community service than ever before and be a model of animal welfare for peers around the country.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Strategically manages a portfolio of individual prospects and donors with a primary focus on securing major gifts to the APL at the $25,000 level and higher.
  • Drives cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for each assigned donor and prepares and presents well-conceived proposals and reports that are responsive to donor interests and aligned with the APL’s priorities.
  • Evaluates various gift opportunities and options, including planned gifts, and in coordination with the Director of Development presents these to prospects for consideration.
  • Identifies new prospective donors and grows the base for annual giving and capital campaigns.
  • Works closely with development department staff and Board members on strategic planning, fundraising strategies, communications and community outreach.
  • Meets donor activity and revenue goals. Keeps meticulous and timely records on donor and prospecting activity and ensures they are properly stored within the APL’s database.

Reporting Structure

This position reports to the Director of Development. It does not have personnel management responsibilities.


The ideal candidate will be a goal-oriented, strongly driven individual with experience successfully securing support from a portfolio of individual donors. S/He will have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to successfully work independently as well as thrive in a goal-oriented, dynamic, team-based environment

S/He will be an astute listener with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of staff, board members, donors and collaborative partners. S/He will have the ability to project credibility and confidence to donors, board members and staff.

S/He will be computer proficient with experience using fundraising or CRM databases.  S/He will have the ability to work independently and achieve goals with minimal supervision.

At least 5 years of experience in fundraising positions, with a specific emphasis on individual fundraising and experience closing gifts of at least $25,000.  A Bachelor’s degree is required.

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