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Director Of Individual Major Gifts – Global Fund for Women

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Scion Executive Search has been retained to conduct the search for a Director of Individual Major Gifts for our client, Global Fund for Women. Global Fund for Women is an amazing organization leading the charge on movement-led funding. Partnering closely with the Vice President of Strategic Outreach and CEO, this full-time opportunity is for immediate hire and can be based anywhere on the East Coast of the United States, with a preference for New York and Washington, D.C. This position is remote with travel required, primarily around the East Coast with some potential for international travel.


Global Fund for Women is an incredible, movement-led organization offering feminist funding and support to aid collective action efforts and grassroots movements geared towards the systemic redistribution of power, opportunities, and access. Founded over 30 years ago, Global Fund for Women’s vision is a world where movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all. The organization funds ambitious and expansive gender justice movements to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes. Since forming, Global Fund for Women has made over 12,000 grants to 5,000+ women-led organizations and gender justice groups across 176 countries. They have provided more than 220 organizations with seed funding to support their continued growth. Read more about their extraordinary work here:


The incoming Director of Individual Major Gifts will contribute to the Development team at Global Fund for Women to work on major gifts strategies and systems and maintaining and expanding a portfolio of major donors. This individual will also support the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and President & CEO in strategic outreach efforts and the cultivation and solicitation of lead donors. This individual will also work collaboratively with the other Director of Individual Major Gifts, located on the West Coast, to work on strategic initiatives for the Major Gifts Program. As Director of Individual Major Gifts, this position will be responsible for raising $5M to $7M annually in support of Global Fund for Women’s incredible mission, vision, and values.


  • Build and provide strategic leadership for the Individual Major Gifts program, including the development of annual communication, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for the organization’s major donor base.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Strategic Partnerships and the other Director of Individual Gifts based on the West Coast, develop and oversee a comprehensive, regional annual plan for major gifts.
  • Collaborate on developing strategies to increase giving from current donors and to increase overall number of major donors, including upgrading existing donors and encouraging the attainment of stretch goals.
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of approximately 100 major donors and major donor prospects with the capacity to make five to seven figure gifts. Accounts may occasionally include institutional partners when appropriate.
  • Maintain appropriate, consistent engagement and acknowledgement of all major donors; keep an accounting of the annual impact of their gifts on community needs.
  • Stay informed and knowledgeable about Global Fund for Women’s planned giving options.
  • With the VP of Strategic Partnerships and Director of Development Operations, work to grow and steward the Anne Firth Murray Circle of donors: individuals who have made or plan to make bequest, legacy, or estate gifts to the Global Fund for Women.
  • Ensure that the President & CEO and other program staff’s time is used strategically and efficiently for major donor fundraising.
  • Stay informed of programmatic activities to converse knowledgeably with donors about the diverse areas of the Global Fund for Women’s work.
  • With the VP of Strategic Partnerships, develop and manage the annual Individual Major Gifts Budget to ensure that all Individual Major Gifts program activities fall within the budget; monitor income and expense projections for the Individual Major Gifts Program.
  • Ensure donor and prospective data is properly recorded in the database and that all donor information is maintained with respect to organizational standards.
  • Maintain the integrity of donor relationships and the Global Fund for Women’s fundraising philosophy.
  • Support and maintain a learning environment within the Individual Major Gifts Program and across the organization.
  • Engage program staff in donor outreach and provide mentorship on donor cultivation as needed.
  • With the VP of Strategic Partnerships, meet regularly with other Global Fund for Women fundraising Directors to provide day-to-day leadership for the Development team.
  • Collaborate as needed with the Finance team and Grants Administration team on restricted gifts, planned gifts, special appeals, reconciliations, and audit preparation.



  • We are seeking a skilled development professional with a track record of securing major gifts and building a portfolio through thoughtful donor cultivation. This individual will work collaboratively within the Development department to strategize and enact Global Fund for Women’s fundraising philosophy and plans.
  • Minimum of 5 to 8 years of professional experience in nonprofit fundraising including major gifts.
  • A commitment to international women’s rights and a strong desire to support global women’s rights movements and women’s initiatives.
  • Demonstrated successful skill and effectiveness in relationship building and solicitation of individual major donors.
  • Experience with international programs, movement building, and/or strategic grantmaking to international organizations is a plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to ask for and close gifts of five to seven figure gifts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate, engage, and build relationships with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Proven ability to engage effectively with staff members with a strong commitment to collaboration.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment; excellent follow-through and strategy skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with enthusiasm and energy to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals.
  • Strong organization, decision-making, and delegation skills.
  • Ability to travel regularly to meet with donors, primarily across the East Coast of the United States, approximately 20 to 30 percent of the time. Occasional national and international travel may also be required.


In addition to a fully remote work setting and a competitive base salary range of $120,000 to $135,000+, the organization also has a comprehensive benefits package including 100% coverage of medical/vision/dental insurance for employees and their children. They also provide access to FSA, fully paid life insurance, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and 403(b) contributions. This inspiring organization offers an array of additional perks, including 36-hour work weeks when possible (determined by the needs of the organization), a technology stipend, access to a health advocate, and chiropractic services! Global Fund for Women also includes 3 weeks of vacation per year during the first 3 years of employment, 12 paid holidays per year, paid sick time, and paid parental leave! In addition to these generous benefits, Global Fund for Women typically closes its offices during the last one to two weeks of the year.


Global Fund for Women has retained the services of Scion Executive Search, a national executive search firm specializing in mission-driven organization recruitment, to assist in conducting this search. For immediate consideration, please apply with your resume and cover letter, formatted in MS Word, via:

Please address applications to:

Elizabeth Crimmins, Director of Executive Recruitment

Kristi Horita Marcouillier, Senior Associate

Scion Executive Search

(888) 487-8850

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.


Scion Executive Search is an award-winning, retained executive search firm! Through innovative team building and recruitment solutions, Scion Executive Search seamlessly bridges the gap in interim and executive searches. Our track record and recruitment process have made us one of the top recruitment firms in the nation.

We are proud to be part of the Forbes lists of the Best Recruitment Firms and the Best Executive Search Firms in America. Scion has also been recognized as a ClearlyRated Best of Staffing firm and as a top recruitment firm by The Business Times.

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Job Sectors: Director

Job Type: Full Time

Regions: Remote

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