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Major and Planned Gifts Officer

Department: Shepherd Foundation
Location: Atlanta, GA

Shepherd Center is in the top 100 Great Places to Work in Atlanta as determined by the Atlanta Business Chronical!

We have a compassionate and fun culture and seek employees who want the same for patients and their families, caregivers, and co-workers.

Shepherd teams are self-motivated and directed, learn and apply knowledge quickly; are proficient and timely in organizing and completing multiple tasks and projects; have effective and appropriate communication skills in all interactions; and consistently demonstrate proficiency in their area(s) of expertise.

Please tell us about yourself by completing an application to join us at this great place to work! 

Major and Planned Gifts Officer


The Major and Planned Gifts Officer works within a team of development professionals to maintain and grow a portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation donors and donor prospects, with a particular focus on cultivating, securing and stewarding major and planned gifts. This position reports to the Director of Major & Planned Gifts.


Maintain a portfolio of donors and prospects with anticipated annual revenue of approximately $500,000-$1,000,000, with a mature portfolio, in support of Shepherd Centerís programmatic and capital funding needs. 

Participate in goal and priority setting for the Major and Planned Gifts team.

Coordinate with volunteer leaders, including board members, event chairs and other hospital volunteer groups to support the growth of Shepherd Centerís donor base. 

Understand and execute moves management strategies and actively solicit both major and planned gifts through in-person visits, written proposals and grant requests. 

Work with Executive Director and Director of Major & Planned Gifts to devise and implement creative and effective strategies to increase both major and planned gifts to Shepherd Center Foundation to meet institutional fundraising goals. 

Provide donors with regular stewardship updates and progress reports on major gifts, including endowments, capital gifts and programmatic program support. 

Lead and support individual and/or group tours of the hospital with current and prospective Shepherd Center donors. 

Meet and exceed assigned goals for donor visits, solicitations and total funds raised each fiscal year. 

Organize, maintain and audit planned gift records (if applicable) to ensure thorough and accurate record-keeping of donor information, future gift expectancies and administration of deferred gifts.

Complete all necessary documentation pertaining to solicitation activities, financial accounting and donor/prospect profiles in database. 

Participate in the production of fundraising-related collateral, including but not limited to campaign case statements, major and planned gift promotional materials, and special stewardship materials. 

Work closely with the Shepherd Center Foundation Donor Relations and Stewardship team to support the identification of prospective major and planned gift donors through volunteer organizations and special events. 

Maintain strong Shepherd Center relationships and stay apprised of current programs and strategic vision and direction of the hospital. Actively participate in the community life of the hospital. 

Represent Shepherd Center in the community through appropriate civic or business philanthropic associations/organizations, and leverage community network for greater Shepherd visibility and philanthropic reach. 

Maintain highest confidentiality of patient population and donor records. 

Participate in professional development opportunities to sustain and grow knowledge of philanthropic trends and expertise, gift and estate planning practices and legal aspects of charitable giving. 

Lead and support special Foundation projects and committees as needed.



Bachelorís degree from a four-year, accredited college required. Advanced degree preferred.


 Minimum of 5 years of experience in major/planned gifts fundraising preferred.


Familiarity with Atlanta philanthropic and community leaders is preferred

Work history should illustrate increased level of responsibility

Strong organizational and time management skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Must be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills

Must have excellent attention to detail

Display excellent interpersonal skills and a comfort level interacting with new people

Computer literacy, including knowledge of database and prospect research; proficiency in MS Office products and knowledge of Raiserís Edge (or comparable) database 

Aptitude for problem-solving

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