Major Gifts Officer

Reports to: Senior Director, Development, Individual and Corporate Giving
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Development
Position Classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 6
Minimum compensation: $75,000


American Progress seeks an experienced front-line political or nonprofit fundraiser who is a self-starter with strong communications skills and the ability to manage competing priorities to join the growing Development team as Major Gifts Officer. This individual will pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for major gifts and corporate fundraising. Reporting to the Senior Director for Individual and Corporate Giving, the Major Gifts Officer will also work with executive and senior American Progress staff. They will own a robust fundraising portfolio as part of a team raising $22 million in year 1. This position has a budgeted salary of $85,000.

This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized fundraising professional who is a quick learner and excels at both working independently and collaboratively, depending on what is needed. The successful candidate is committed to American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” This position is focused on raising unrestricted support to advance the organization’s five cross-cutting priorities:

  • Strengthening public health
  • Building an economy for all
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy

As part of the overall Development Department, the Individual and Corporate Giving team works with staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, to make the case for support for various programs; conduct ongoing research to identify funding opportunities; collaborate on strategies for approaching prospects; and track all activity and deadlines.


  • Manage a portfolio of 125 active and prospective major donors up to $100K. This includes building relationships to secure and manage salon events, writing proposals, conducting donor meetings and briefings, briefing Executive staff for high-level meetings, managing timely and accurate benefits delivery, and completing other routine front-line fundraising activities for largely unrestricted revenue.
  • Support the Senior Director of Development in managing the Business Alliance as an opportunity for member companies to have a seat at the table for progressive policy conversations and serve as a resource to inform American Progress’ work. This includes coordinating member briefings with policy staff, virtual or in-person roundtable events, and other stewardship and benefits delivery.
  • Support the Senior Director in developing and executing a plan for prospecting and major donor outreach throughout the country.
  • Partner with American Progress program staff to cultivate relationships with both active and prospective donors, staying nimble and current on program and policy messaging as priorities and urgencies change.
  • Develop a strong fluency in American Progress’ mission and five cross-cutting priorities, which are supported by six departments and 19 policy teams.
  • Maintain timely and accurate records in Salesforce to ensure quality reporting and transparency throughout the team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed to move forward American Progress’ individual giving portfolio.
YourMembership. Keywords: Fundraising Manager, Location: Washington, DC - 20005
Salary Range
$74,000.00 - 146,000.00
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