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Major Gifts Officer


  • The Chicago Bar Foundation


321 South Plymouth Court
Suite 3B
Chicago, IL 60604



The Major Gifts Officer for The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) is responsible for creating and executing a strategic major and planned gifts fundraising plan to build current and longer-term support for the CBF. In addition, the organization is embarking on a $1.5 million fundraising initiative in honor of its 70th anniversary and the Major Gifts Officer will lead this effort.

Reporting to the Director of Development & Donor Programs and working closely with the Executive Director, Development & Events Manager and Board of Directors, the Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for securing major gifts and planned gifts for the CBF by managing a group of current and potential major gift and planned giving donors, and increasing donor retention and individual donor levels of giving and involvement. The position is exempt.

The CBF, a nonprofit organization, offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and flexible work environment. The CBF is an equal opportunity employer. The salary range is $70,000-$80,000, depending upon experience.


The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Through grants, advocacy, pro bono and partnerships, the CBF takes a system-wide approach to improving access to justice.

As the charitable arm of The Chicago Bar Association, the CBF’s work is made possible by the generous contributions of thousands of dedicated individuals, more than 200 law firms and corporations, and many other committed partners. Thanks to that strong support, the CBF awarded more than $3 million in grants in 2016 and continues to play a lead role in a number of innovative access to justice initiatives.


Major Gifts

  • Create a major gifts ($2,500+) program plan consistent with the CBF’s overall strategic and business plans, working in concert with the Executive Director, Director of Development & Donor Programs and the CBF Development Committee.
  • Staff the committee leading major gifts efforts; in particular, the special committee established to lead the $1.5 million fundraising initiative.
  • Identify and qualify major gift prospects through internal and external sources.
  • Create individual goals and personalized plans for each person identified as a current or potential major donor based on the donor’s history of giving and the CBF’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
  • Maintain a substantial portfolio of current and potential major donors, and manage relationships by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding these donors.
  • Prepare the Executive Director and volunteers for their gift solicitations, accompany on calls as needed and provide appropriate follow-up.
  • Plan and coordinate donor relationship-building activities and events through cultivation, recognition and stewardship.
  • Work with program and communications staff to prepare proposals and other donor communication and solicitation materials.
  • Contribute to the timely and accurate acknowledgment and recognition of major gift donors.
  • Ensure the accuracy and reliability of information entered into the donor database regarding the major gifts program.
  • Create monthly reports that accurately reflect activities and progress in meeting the major gift program goals.

Planned Gifts

  • Convene and staff a new committee to develop and execute strategies for a formal planned giving program for the CBF, building on the current Legacy of Justice Society.
  • Identify and cultivate prospects for planned gifts.
  • Make appropriate requests for planned gifts in partnership with the Executive Director and assigned volunteers.
  • Personally provide ongoing stewardship for members of the Legacy of Justice Society.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive menu of communications, cultivation and stewardship activities for planned giving donors.

Additional Duties

  • Attend major legal and philanthropic community events to help build awareness of the CBF and develop donor relationships.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the CBF’s mission and its projects, programs and other activities that carry out the mission.
  • Complete other projects and duties as assigned.

Salary and Benefits: This fulltime position* offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. The salary range for the position is $70,000-$80,000 depending on experience.

*There may be flexibility for this position to work 75% FTE. Please note in your cover letter if this is your preference.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of three years professional development experience, especially individual giving and board/volunteer relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in meeting fundraising goals.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with board members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Strong organizational and communications skills.
  • Proficiencies in fundraising software and information management.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission and values of the CBF.