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What are the top 3 traits or skills every major gifts officer must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your major gifts officer expertise?

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Shirley Rawlings in Detroit, Michigan

91 months ago

Host said: What are the top 3 traits or skills every major gifts officer must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your major gifts officer expertise?

What are some of the key words that I should use in an interveiw for this position to grasp the attention of the interveiwer?

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Sandy in Mobile, Alabama

89 months ago

I am in search of this same information.

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John in Vancouver, British Columbia

77 months ago

Think of an MGO role as a sales role. You're out to sell your organization as a worthy investment. You need to be weave good soft skills with passion, knowledge and ability to present your organzation as being able to deliver what they are saying they'll do with the money you're asking for. If you are selling photo copiers, and the client doesn't believe it your copier will work as described, they won't buy it - same goes for MGOs. This is for MGOs who are 90% out on calls. Some spend more time writing proposals to foundations.
1. soft skills
2. writing skills
3. passion for your organization

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buisnessjohn in Centreville, Virginia

74 months ago

A major donor must believe in the mission and purpose of the organization. If they have personally benefited or have had family members who have benefited from the organization's programs, the donor will have an emotional attachment. This is very powerful.

It takes time to develop quality personal relationships with potential major donors and to understand their interest in the organization and why they may want to make a contribution.

There is more information on the major gifts section of the Process Donations website, www.processdonations.com.

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Dan Shephard

73 months ago

Host said: What are the top 3 traits or skills every major gifts officer must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your major gifts officer expertise?

More than three, with your indulgence:
commitment to the organization represented
lifelong learner; this isn't a static profession
technical profiency -- pertinent tax law and gift strategies
donor centered approach to relationship building
enjoys the process; appreciate the sales analogies but more so the differences

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