Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East | Major Gifts Officer

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in local communities, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With community support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East (HFHPME) is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement. Started in 1981, in NE Portland, HFHPME revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. HFHPME is one of the most successful affiliates in the nation and is on the leading edge
of program development, innovation and fundraising.

Title: Major Gifts OfficerLocation: Portland, OregonSalary: $53,000 - 60,000 DOE, full-time/exemptBenefits: Medical, dental, vision, alternative care coverage; vacation & sick leave; holidays; flexible spending accounts; matching retirement plan


The new Major Gift Officer will join a dynamic and successful fundraising team and will play a critical role in helping the organization reach new heights. Under the general direction of the VP of Resource Development, the Major Gift Officer (MGO) is responsible for qualifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from individual donors. This is a new position that has been created to grow our Major Gift program by focusing specifically on engaging with and soliciting individual donors. The MGO will work to build relationships that result in increased funding and longstanding donor relationships with the Habitat organization. The successful candidate will enjoy meeting face-to- face with donors to share this exciting work and to solicit, close and steward their financial support.



  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors with a capacity for $2,500 + gift potential.
  • Create a comprehensive and individualized cultivation plan for each donor that leads to successfully retaining or upgrading as appropriate.
  • Work independently and be self-motivated in initiating contacts with donors. Secure and prepare for donor meetings; conduct donor research, prepare personalized materials and arrange meeting logistics.
  • Articulate Habitat’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications.
  • Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity– seeking to understand each donor’s motivation by asking the right questions – and be able to steer conversation accordingly.
  • Partner with senior staff and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities.
  • Track donor activity and cultivation plans in Raiser’s Edge database and provide accurate and timely reports.
  • Encourage participation in Habitat’s giving clubs including the $5,000+ Cornerstone Society and the planned giving Legacy Society.
  • Collaborate with development team colleagues to forecast revenue and strategize donor relationships.
  • Assist in other development team activities as assigned.
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