Major Gifts Officer

San Mateo, California
Apr 08, 2021
May 08, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level


Reports to:  Director of Development (IED FOR NOW)

Schedule of Hours:  M-F FT, weekends as needed

Position Remote Eligible: During the pandemic the role may be performed remote, however, THIS ROLE IS BASED OUT OF SAN MATEO, CA, AND THE SELECTED INDIVIDUAL MUST BE LOCAL TO THE AREA

Mandated Reporter: No       


Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), is the only agency in San Mateo County providing crisis intervention and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children, seeks a Major Gifts Officer to further CORA’s mission through supporting the individual and corporate philanthropy program and helping to build the base of major donors.



As the CORA Major Gifts Officer, you will have the unique opportunity to grow a strong donor community in the region.  As part of the CORA team, you will join a passionate group of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring individuals around the world have access to crisis intervention and supportive services.  The majority of your time will be spent developing a robust pipeline of prospects and engaging high-net-worth individuals to successfully cultivate and solicit them to support CORA efforts to expand our major donor base and increase giving from current supporters. You will also represent CORA at key industry events. 



  • Lead all fundraising efforts with a target of $1 million dollars per fiscal year; this includes individual giving, major donors and corporate sponsorships.
  • Build and manage a robust donor portfolio and prospect pipeline focusing on major donors and corporate philanthropy.
  • Develop, implement and execute strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective major donors in the SF Bay Area, especially San Mateo County.
  • Support the planning and execution of CORA cultivation events and appeals in partnership with other staff and as needed
  • Manage the agency’s donor database (currently Bloomerang) and supervise administrative staff on completing daily tasks associated with donor data management.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing Officer on appeals and social media as it relates to individual giving campaigns.
  • Prepare written materials including case for support presentations, major donor and corporate sponsorship correspondence, and stewardship reports
  • Present updates and metrics on accomplishments and projections to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and CORA leadership teams.
  • Coordinate with the Finance Department to ensure accurate recording of incoming and projected funds and preparation of financial reports as required by donors.
  • Participate in CORA team meetings and the Board of Directors’ Fund Development Committee meetings.
  • Communicate our mission, programs and impact to various constituencies, including representing CORA at relevant community meetings and events



  • Minimum five (5) years successful experience in major gift fundraising, including cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts of $10,000 and above from high-net-worth individuals, preferably for a non-profit engaged in similar issues.
  • Proven track record in, and excited by the challenge of, building up a major donor program and growing revenue through qualifying and closing gifts from new high-net-worth individual donors
  • Successful in developing and instituting cultivation and solicitation strategies to engage and increase giving from donors
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors to develop deep, meaningful connections with the organization
  • Experience using donor tracking systems to advance the goals of major donor programs, and the capacity and willingness to learn new systems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks at a time
  • Integrity, and the comfort and ability needed to gain the trust and confidence of supporters and stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment across multiple programs and departments
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, commitment to results, attention to detail, and solutions-oriented
  • Willingness and ability to travel locally, as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable field



  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.



This position is not subject to mandated reporting under California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Such a report, including sharing information with another employee who is a mandated reporter position without following "release of confidential information" policies is a breach of confidentiality is a violation of state and federal law and can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.


CORA History and Overview

CORA has provided services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for nearly 40 years. Our programs include Crisis Intervention Services, including a 24-hour hotline, collaboration with law enforcement, emergency shelter options, and supportive counseling. Family Support Services provides mental health therapy, supportive/transitional housing, and a children’s program. CORA has robust legal services for survivors of domestic violence and provides educational workshops about the dynamics of domestic violence and healthy relationship skills.

CORA is strengths-based, collaborative, accessible, and client-centered. CORA believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect in their intimate relationships.  We provide safety, support and healing to individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educate the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Regardless of a survivor’s race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or culture, we save lives and provide an opportunity to begin again.

CORA inspires work of the highest caliber by fostering staff engagement through transparency and inclusion in agency decisions wherever possible. We strive to ensure our policies and communications reflect an appreciation of the impact of social inequities, historical and current, and actively promote healthy relationships amongst staff by demonstrating mutual respect in all our communications.

CORA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek diversity with respect to race, color, age, sex, (including breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding), religion (including religious dress or grooming practices), national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic characteristics and information, ancestry, marital status, family status, political belief, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), medical condition, military, or veteran status or any other category or status protected by Federal, State or other applicable laws.

All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bilingual, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and/or survivors of domestic violence are strongly encouraged to apply.  The position will remain open until filled.

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