The Gold Foundation is a nonprofit organization that champions humanism in healthcare through a wide and influential reach in health professions education and the healthcare industry. Over our 30+ years, we have expanded from our roots in medical education to collaborate with doctors and nurses, hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, community health centers, nursing and other health professional schools, associations, like-minded nonprofits and foundations, and global healthcare corporations. We believe that it takes a great and collective effort to create change and ensure humanism in healthcare for all.
Our programs include the Gold Humanism Honor Society, with 180+ chapters and 45,000+ members; the iconic White Coat Ceremony and Nursing Oath Ceremony, which emphasizes the importance of humanism from the start of training; and many prestigious awards that reinforce humanism, such as the National Humanism in Medicine Medal and the joint Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare awarded to highly impactful immigrants. We also create resources to support humanism, such as the Tell Me More® communications tool, Gold Human InSight Webinars, and our Gold conferences. Learn more at our website, www.Gold-Foundation.org.
Our Mission: The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. This Gold standard of care embraces all and targets barriers to such care. We empower experts, learners, and leaders to together create systems and cultures that support humanistic care for all.
The Gold Foundation has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and anti-racism, values rooted in our mission of humanism in healthcare for all. We are building a diverse team, and we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Background and description:
We are currently seeking an exceptional individual to fill the new and pivotal role of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer to help expand our development capacity and propel our fundraising significantly forward in 2023 and beyond. The successful candidate will ideally have experience in a sophisticated development operation with expertise to grow our capacity in major gifts and gift planning. The Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer is full-time, based in the Gold Foundation’s national headquarters in New-Jersey, and is hybrid in-person/virtual.
The right candidate will be a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader who will be successful as an individual contributor in a robust fundraising operation through solicitations and closing major and planned gifts at the five and six-figure and above level. The Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer will develop, engage, solicit and steward a portfolio of prospective donors capable of gifts of at least $50,000, while helping to grow the Foundation’s presence and brand throughout the United States and Canada. An important component of this work includes identifying, stewarding, and successfully soliciting corporate sponsors for our annual gala.
He/She will have the expertise to help build a comprehensive gift planning campaign with an understanding of the various gift planning strategies and vehicles.
Responsibilities include developing and managing a portfolio of donors for the purpose of supporting the various priorities of the Gold Foundation. The Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer will work independently to arrange in-person meetings including follow up, working collaboratively and creatively with the Chief Development Officer, Director of Development, President/CEO and Board of Trustees to plan and implement thoughtful engagement, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. The selected candidate will contribute in a comprehensive manner to the Foundation’s strategic plan, priorities, programs, and key financial measures to best represent our interests.
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer will focus primarily on securing operating, restricted and endowment support from individual, corporate and foundation donors and prospects. This includes developing and broadening the major gifts pool, soliciting leadership gifts, preparing LOIs and proposals and strengthening donor stewardship. Exceptional candidates must have the creativity and grit required to connect with current donors and new prospects through a variety of mediums including letters of inquiry, cold calls/emails, identification of a warm introduction through a common connection, leveraging the networks of our Trustees, etc.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of approximately 50+/- major gifts prospects including individuals, corporations and foundations in the first two years.
- Develop strategies and approaches to generate higher levels of giving; conduct approximately 12-15 substantiative donor contacts/visits with prospects and donors per month.
- Make at least 15 major gift solicitations per year once fully onboarded.
- Identify and research/qualify new prospects by working independently and with colleagues to develop a robust philanthropic pipeline.
- Work in partnership with President/CEO and/or CDO on identifying a customized cultivation and solicitation strategy for those prospects with gift capacity at $100K and above.
- Lead specialized donor cultivation and recognition activities for high-capacity donors including parlor meetings, events, etc.
- Support the success of the Foundation’s Annual Gala with an emphasis on securing new Gala sponsors particularly from the corporate sector.
- Expand and manage our Legacy Society to recognize and encourage planned gifts.
- Track all prospect outreach and information in Raiser’s Edge and input contact reports in a timely fashion.
- Will support the many efforts of the Foundation’s development/external affairs department as needed.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree required. Masters or other advanced degree, or additional certifications (e.g., CFRE) preferred.
- At least 7-10 years’ development experience (healthcare/higher-education sector preferred) with at least 5+ years of proven experience in major gifts cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship and/or campaigns with a proven record of success engaging high-net worth prospects and donors.
- The candidate must be visionary and possess strategic planning abilities to be applied toward developing the infrastructure of an innovative fundraising program and the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation.
- Must have strong executive presence and can connect effectively with a wide range of constituents. Must be able to clearly describe the Foundation’s mission and impact.
- Strong level of comfort and confidence making the case for philanthropic support.
- Strong balance of both strategy and marketing capabilities.
- Strong project management and problem-solving skills.
- Self-starter who works well independently and proactively.
- Ability to work in both a team-based environment and autonomously.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills to express the mission, vision, and impact of the Foundation with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
- Candidates must be committed to implementing best practices, demonstrate an adherence to the highest standards of ethical fundraising practices.
- Must have a strong appreciation for the mission of the Gold Foundation
- Computer Skills Required:
- Experience and proficiency with Raiser’s Edge (NXT) or another CRM tool.
- Working knowledge of Moves Management as a fundraising strategy.
- Working knowledge with wealth screen tools and resources such as LexisNexis, Foundation Center Directory, etc.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Some travel required.
Salary: Anticipated annual salary range for this new, full-time position is $110,000-125,000, commensurate with experience.
- Health benefits include employer paid medical, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance after 3-month introductory period
- Generous 403b employer match plan after 3-month introductory period
- Excellent holiday and vacation schedule
How to Apply: Only qualified candidates who send a cover letter and resume to HR@Gold-Foundation.org will be considered. No phone calls please