Major Gifts & Planned Giving Manager

United Way of Northwest Vermont
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

POSITION TITLE: Major Gifts & Planned Giving Manager
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time, Exempt
REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer
SALARY RANGE: $50,000 – $60,000

This role is responsible for creating, managing, and implementing a year-round program to enhance relations among donors and volunteers. This includes the management of a portfolio of qualified donors, engaging them, and moving them along a commitment continuum. This also includes the goal of increased revenue by providing leadership and expertise to develop Leadership Giving.

The major responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

Donor Engagement

  • Develop and implement a recognition plan for leadership-level donors and a growth strategy to move donors to new giving levels within the leadership categories.
  • Identify and develop plans to recover lapsed or reluctant donors each year.
  • Cultivate and manage a portfolio of qualified, tiered donors, ascertaining and documenting their philanthropic aspirations.
  • Promote the Planned Giving program.
  • Develop strong relationships with leadership donors and communicate regularly as appropriate.

Data Management

  • Follow standards and procedures for management of the campaign/donor database.
  • Maintain meticulous documentation of donor’s interactions and aspirations.
  • Maintain records of planned and executed monthly outreach.

Volunteer Management

  • Perform recruitment, training and support of Donor Engagement Committee, Board Members and Ambassadors (individual solicitors).
  • Support the Donor Engagement Committee in their donor outreach goals.
  • Support the Board of Directors in the management of Leadership (Tocqueville) level donors.

SUPERVISION: No direct supervisory duties; training of any United Way staff and volunteers regarding the duties involved in the cultivation and engagement of qualified donors.

CONFIDENTIALITY/DISCRETION: High level of confidentiality and discretion needed. Individual has access to all donor history, confidential communications, and notes for individuals.


  • 3-5 years fundraising or relevant experience. Education, internships, and volunteer work will be considered in lieu of professional paid experience
  • Experience with donor and volunteer engagement.
  • Demonstrated fundraising and sales ability.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience using Microsoft office products.

Position is primarily a normal office setting, requiring long periods of sedentary work at a desk and computer. After hours and weekend event attendance occasionally.

Visit for more information. Applications are accepted until 06/03/2022. Please send a cover letter and resume to

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

United Way of Northwest Vermont is committed to building an inclusive culture—in our workplace and the community at large—that celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, volunteers, donors, community partners and the individuals and families we serve. We actively make space for ongoing learning, cultural humility and challenging the systems of discrimination, disadvantage and stigma that work against our community members’ well-being. By valuing all community members and acknowledging the intersectionality of age, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, citizenship, culture and/or perspective, we strive to create and preserve a universally accessible space to improve our community outcomes. Through these and other efforts, we can do our best work to enhance the quality of life for all of our neighbors.

Wage or Salary
$50,000 - $60,000