Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in America's shelters, simply for not having homes. Today, that number is down to 625,000. That's incredible progress, but it also means that more than 2,000 wonderful dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day. For 30 years, Best Friends has been running the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes.
Headquartered in Kanab, Utah, Best Friends Animal Society has a $100 million annual budget with more than 800 staff located throughout the country. This includes a facility in Mission Hills and our Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in West LA. Best Friends has more than 100 staff working in the LA metro area.
SUMMARY: Reporting to the Regional Gifts Officer, the Regional Gift Advisor will be responsible for raising major and principal gifts and soliciting six-figure gifts from prospects and donors in the Greater Los Angeles area. This position will develop a portfolio of major and principal gift level donors in the region. This position will be instrumental in creating, implementing and promoting the goals of Best Friends Animal Society, raising funds, creating strong and solid relationships with significant prospects and donors. The Regional Gift Advisor will work from a home office based in Los Angeles and will meet with donors up to 60 percent of the time.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The ideal candidate will have a track record and history of cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts (including gifts of $1,000,000+); a track record of developing a portfolio of donors that have major and principal gift giving potential; success as a builder of sustainable donor engagement and relationships; experience being a part of a collaborative fundraising team, knowledge of best practices in major gift philanthropy; ability to see the big picture and translate strategy into targeted goals and actions.
As a member of our staff, you will enjoy a common purpose with your colleagues along with challenging and rewarding work that provides a sense of purpose and superior emotional rewards. Best Friends employees are passionate in their love for animals and share the same goals and ideals in helping make the world a better place for them and for us all.
Best Friends is in the final year of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign that is dependent on major gifts as well as gifts from corporations, foundations and the organization's entry level donors.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of 10 years major and principal gifts fundraising experience, with a non-profit organization and deep knowledge of the LA market.
Proven track record of raising major gifts of at least $25,000 up to $1,000,000+
Embodies the Best Friends' Mission and embraces the guiding principles with enthusiasm and positive presence in all interactions; ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' positions on issues.
Bachelor's Degree required, CFRE a plus.
Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.
About Best Friends Animal Society
The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by helping end the killing in America's animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. We believe that by working together we can Save Them All.
To bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets
A better world through kindness to animals
Golden Rule: To treat all living things as we ourselves would wish to be treated.
Kindness: To demonstrate compassion and respect for all living creatures.
Positive influence: To judge our effectiveness by the extent to which animal lives are saved and improved, and by the positive experience of the people we touch.
Leadership: To lead by example, developing, promoting and sharing great new ideas and programs to help animals.
Authenticity: To do what we say we do.
Transparency: To be open and honest in our relationships.