Food Forward,

Major Gifts Officer

25 days ago
Employment type
North Hollywood
Closing date

About this organization

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, farmers markets, growers, and wholesalers at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and beyond. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to people experiencing food insecurity through hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways, such as food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more.

About this job

Food Forward is seeking candidates for Major Gifts Officer to steward its growing universe of supporters and expand the individual giving program. The Officer will work closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to develop strategy and implement research, relationship-building, solicitation, and stewardship. The Officer will work directly with the CDO and collaborate with an effective development team managing multiple revenue streams.

The ideal candidate will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and is able to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a diverse and fast-paced environment; is highly self-motivated, proactive, and organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible and has the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously; exercises good judgment in handling confidential donor information; and has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values. The candidate will demonstrate their ability to write persuasively and have excellent interpersonal communication skills to engage a wide range of donors.

Roles & responsibilities

Core Responsibilities:

Planning and project management

– Manage systems for individual donor solicitation and stewardship by the CEO, CDO, board, and other volunteers, including research, briefing materials, and scheduling.

– Maintain data-driven understanding of donors to identify opportunities for growth, enhancement of the program, and reporting for board and leadership

– Work with CDO to develop annual fundraising goals and operational plans; participate in budgeting and cashflow reporting.

– Manage donor information, including vetting research, connections, meeting notes, and correspondence; work with the team to ensure confidentiality and data integrity.

Donor cultivation and stewardship

– Work with CEO and CDO to build relationships with donors, ensuring personal attention and service.

– Spearhead portfolio growth, including engaging leadership, board, and advisors to funnel prospects into a solicitation pipeline.

– Develop and implement an enhanced planned giving strategy.

– Produce appeals and other correspondence in alignment with organization messaging and brand guidelines; work with the communications team on marketing collateral; execute virtual and in-person donor events.

– Oversee major gift record keeping and acknowledgements with development staff for compliance and stewardship.

Other support

– Keep informed of Food Forward public messaging and programs to ensure accurate donor communications.

– Occasionally work evenings or weekends for special events, which may require Southern California travel.

– Other duties as assigned.


– Three years’ experience in developing donor outreach programs including personal solicitation, events, mail and digital campaigns, donor management systems, and working with giving circles and advisors.

– Experience with portfolios of donors in the five-to-seven-figure giving level is highly desired.

– Demonstrated success in project management.

– Experience working with donor databases or CRM; Salesforce background is preferred.

To apply

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? The subject line should read: Major Gifts Officer – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

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