Major Gifts Advisor

Hope Ministries   Pleasant Hill, IA   Full-time     Finance
Posted on January 10, 2022

Major Gifts Advisor

Review Statements of Faith, Core Values, Statement of Purpose and Qualifications for Employment.  Are you in agreement with them? 


Department: Development and Community Relations


Establish, maintain, and manage a portfolio of qualified individual donors giving $1,000 or more annually to grow major gift revenue. 


  • Honor our major donors by helping them achieve their philanthropic goals.
  • Establish and maintain a portfolio of approximately 150 major donors meeting criteria established in cooperation with supervisor.
  • Create and implement a plan for each assigned donor focused on retaining and stewarding their relationship with Hope Ministries. Make meaningful and appropriate funding requests that align with the donor’s philanthropic interests, passions, and values.
  • Emphasis is on personal contact with assigned donors through visits, tours, phone calls, email and written correspondence, and events. Develop active, positive, and professional relationships. Job requires at least 80 percent of time to be spent on high donor contact: cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Meet annual revenue goals set in cooperation with supervisor to meet the organization’s funding needs. Regularly and accurately report on donor portfolio activity and performance.
  • Collaborate effectively with Development staff and other departments.
  • Participate in the spiritual growth and Christian instruction of those who Hope Ministries serves. This can include (but is not restricted to) personal mentoring, the sharing of Scripture and Biblical encouragement, and praying with program participants. This may be in a structured setting (i.e., a classroom or chapel), or unstructured, with individual clients as the need arises.
  • Carry, maintain, and utilize a company-provided cell phone or smart phone to conduct the responsibilities of this position to include being reachable during business and off hours during weekdays and weekends should the need arise and checking and responding to emails or text messages in a timely manner to ensure that priorities are met.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Spiritual Qualifications:  Must have a lifestyle that demonstrates moral and ethical adherence to the teachings of the Bible and an expressed desire to minister to those who are poor, needy, and homeless.  Must agree with Hope Ministries’ Mission Statement, Core Values and Statement of Faith.
  • Education: B.A. preferred or equivalent experience. Minimum of 3-5 years professional work experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Knowledge/Experience/Skills: Development/fundraising experience required; major gift experience preferred. Proven ability to meet financial goals. Marketing experience desirable. Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication, personal solicitation, presentation skills and prospect research. Ability to multitask, meet deadlines and effectively manage time to meet responsibilities. Positive, professional attitude and appearance. Proficiency with learning and using technology including relational database systems and Microsoft Office. Innovative and creative problem-solver. Takes direction, collaborates well with colleagues and relates well with a variety of constituencies. Practical experience in a Christian nonprofit or parachurch organization preferred.

Review Statements of Faith, Core Values, Statement of Purpose and Qualifications for Employment.  Are you in agreement with them?

To apply, you must send both resume and cover letter by mail or email to: 

Hope Ministries

ATTN:  Cole Lindholm (Director of HR)

5075 E. University Ave.  Suite B, Pleasant Hill, IA  50327