Major Gifts Officer: Sudan Relief Fund

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 11:17 am.

Sudan Relief Fund seeks a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join the organization’s growing development department. The MGO will help Sudan Relief Fund more effectively fulfill its mission of providing humanitarian aid and hope to the people of South Sudan by growing the organization’s base of support among major donors.

About the Position:    

As a key member of Sudan Relief Fund’s (SRF) team, the MGO is primarily responsible for cultivating and growing its major-donor base. The MGO will personally cultivate, solicit, and exercise stewardship of SRF’s relationships with major donors across the country. Through personal contacts, meetings, networking, and promotion of SRF’s major donor club, the MGO will help existing donors come into closer relationship with SRF and its mission while also identifying, qualifying, and approaching new prospects likely to be attracted to SRF’s mission.

The MGO will be a vocal advocate for SRF’s vision and capable of inviting others into its mission. The MGO will work closely with, support, and reports directly to Mary Haas, Director of Advancement Operations. The MGO will be a member of a collaborative and hardworking team and must be willing and able to travel both domestically and internationally.

This full-time position is based out of American Philanthropic’s West Chester, PA, office and will be supported by American Philanthropic staff. Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $50,000 with a full and competitive benefits package.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1998, Sudan Relief Fund (SRF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing both immediate necessities and long-term hope to the people of South Sudan. Over the past two decades as many as two million people have died, four million people have been displaced from their homes, and an additional five million continue to lack basic survival necessities: food, water, and shelter. SRF’s mission is to provide peace and hope for the future by alleviating immediate humanitarian concerns and aiding in the development of infrastructure necessary for growth and stability in the world’s youngest nation.

SRF believes in the future of South Sudan and the capability of achieving lasting change toward the promise of a more prosperous and peaceful future. All of its programs—digging wells, providing meals, starting and growing schools and universities, building and sustaining full-fledged hospitals—are ultimately driven by that vision.

SRF has made significant progress developing and strengthening the South Sudanese community. To learn more, visit SRF’s website at

Primary Responsibilities:

The MGO’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Interfacing with donors on a regular basis.
  • Managing an active portfolio of approximately 100–125 existing donors.
  • Developing and executing strategies for engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and retaining donors.
  • Traveling for face-to-face cultivation and solicitation meetings with existing donors and donor prospects.
  • Traveling internationally to meet with SRF personnel and partners on the ground in Africa.
  • Re-engaging and renewing lapsed donors.
  • Researching, identifying, and soliciting new donor prospects.
  • Effectively utilizing tools such as SRF’s direct-mail program and newly implemented major donor club for donor outreach.
  • Assisting SRF’s solicitation program by completing applications and reporting materials.
  • Maintaining accurate and thorough records.
  • Working collaboratively and providing regular updates to the development team.
  • Assisting with foundation follow-up and solicitations as asked.
  • Supporting the Director of Development and President, as asked.

Key Qualifications:

The successful candidate will

  • Have 2–4 years relevant experience in a nonprofit setting, including experience making asks.
  • Demonstrate close personal alignment with and knowledge of Sudan Relief Fund’s mission.
  • Possess outstanding interpersonal skills to be able to form strong relationships with donors.
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Be able to work independently, take initiative, and inspire others.
  • Stay organized, track progress, and meet goals.
  • Have an achievement-oriented personality.
  • Be eager to learn and develop skills in fundraising.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with moves management and donor databases.


Competative benefits package

Level of Language Proficiency

English–excellent verbal and written skills required

How To Apply
  • Email your cover letter and resume to Jennifer Fox at, using the subject line “Sudan Relief Fund” and your last name.
  • Include at least three professional references with your application.
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