Principal Major Gifts Officer
Posted on 12/23/2022
Experience Level
  • Work experience or equivalent degree plus work experience. (Bachelor's + 12 years related work experience; Master's + 8 years related work experience.)
  • A demonstrated track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing donations in the 7- to 8-figure range from individuals and organizations
  • Broad-based knowledge of various development campaign activities, including: direct solicitations, event planning and management, planned giving, and leveraging fundraising databases
  • We are an international organization serving an internationally distributed audience. A strong international perspective with personal experience in cross-cultural communication is highly valued
  • Compassionate communication, both in speaking and writing, and particularly able to recognize the alignment of a donor's interests with the value of Wikimedia Foundation programs, communities, services and events
  • Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
  • Demonstrated commitment to and belief in equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively within a large team distributed across multiple time zones
  • Ability to work in an open, transparent, and collaborative environment, while respecting donor confidentiality and data security. Possess a finely-tuned sense of discretion
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and accountability
  • Desire to work in a dynamic and mission-driven organization
  • Experience working with technical and/or scientific donors
  • Experience fundraising for endowments, including experience with planned giving
  • Experience working in an organization with a distributed workforce
  • Global perspective, with experience living or working internationally
  • Partner with the Senior Development Director & Endowment Director to develop fundraising strategy for the Major Gifts & Foundations and Endowment teams
  • Lead the development of fundraising strategy for restricted gifts and other special fundraising campaigns
  • Serving as a principal gifts officer for teams currently tasked with raising $20M per year in direct donations
  • Securing new principal gifts, both independently and in collaboration with colleagues on the Major Gifts & Foundations and Endowment teams
  • Cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of 50-75 prospects who are rated at $1M+ capacity
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues across teams and departments to create engagement opportunities and proposals appropriate for current and prospective principal gift donors
  • Collaboration with colleagues on the Major Gifts & Foundations and Endowment teams to develop fundraising and donor engagement tactics
  • Lead fundraising initiatives of various types and sizes, including one-on-one meetings and meetings that include Wikimedia's senior leadership
  • Preparing detailed meeting briefings for senior leadership who are engaging with principal gifts donors
  • Modeling leadership that cultivates a collaborative, positive, and respectful team culture; serving as a collaborative thought partner across teams at the Foundation, and as a mentor for other gift officers
Wikimedia Foundation

501-1,000 employees

Nonprofit charitable organization
Company Overview
The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.