Major Gifts Manager Immigration Equality

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Immigration EqualityNew York, NY

Immigration Equality’s Major Gifts Manager will work closely with the Development Director and Executive Director to conceptualize and execute a complete program of fundraising activities, with an emphasis on major gifts. The Major Gifts Manager will be an integral part of a Development team, and also assist with other fundraising campaigns, including special events, direct marketing, corporate giving, and foundations and grants. In addition, the major Gifts Officer Manager will closely collaborate with the Development Director and Executive Director to develop and implement fundraising strategies to increase individual gifts and secure new major gifts. The Major Gifts Manager will be personally responsible for ensuring that Immigration Equality’s fundraising and donor relations are of the same high caliber as its legal services and advocacy work.

Major Gifts Manager Immigration Equality

Major Gifts Manager Immigration Equality


  • Work with Development and Legal teams to identify appropriate donor prospects (individual, corporate and philanthropic foundations). Create and execute plans for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of these prospects.
  • Develop ‘moves management plan’ for all assigned prospects, write major gift proposals when appropriate, ask for the donation and close the gift
  • Personally develop relationships with prospects, solicit prospects
  • Develop Immigration Equality’s Leadership Giving Circle program
  • Establish a pipeline to increase individual gifts to become major gifts
  • Collaborate with the Development Director to develop annual fundraising goals and strategies
  • Draft compelling solicitation campaigns and an annual report that communicate Immigration Equality’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities
  • Manage the development database with precision in Salesforce
  • Support Executive Director’s donor stewardship and prospecting
  • Collaborate with program team to gather data, testimonials, and stories
  • Assist the Development team with other areas of fundraising as needed
  • Hire and manage department interns


Our office is a fun, open-plan space that enables free flow of ideas. The ideal candidate is a well-organized, extremely detail-oriented, resourceful individual. The right person for the job will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus at least three years fundraising experience
  • General development experience in all areas of fundraising
  • Specific experience in cultivating and soliciting major gifts
  • Impeccable writing skills, including editing and proofreading
  • Excellent research, analytical, planning and organizational skills, and demonstrated experience managing large projects on budget and on deadline
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and prioritize.
  • Experience with online fundraising; knowledge of Salesforce a plus
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently


Immigration Equality is an affirmative action employer: immigrants, transgender people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization committed to an open plan office. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

Immigration Equality is a mission-driven organization full of smart, dedicated people. If you want to work at the cutting edge of the two most potent civil rights issues of our time, and do it with terrific colleagues in a fast-paced, nimble organization that seeks results, this is the place for you.

Submit a detailed cover letter explaining why this job would be a wonderful fit for you and your salary requirements along with your chronological resume and a 1-2 page writing sample excerpt from a fundraising proposal via email with Major Gifts Manager in the subject line.

Immigration Equality is a growing national organization that fights for equal immigration rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive (LGBT/H) community. Based in New York City, Immigration Equality provides direct legal services to LGBT/H asylum-seekers and works to change American immigration law. Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians and those who are threatened by persecution or the discriminatory impact of the law.

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