Gift Officer

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation   Crazy Horse, SD   Full-time     Research & Development
Posted on June 3, 2024

                                                                                                          LOCATION: Remote with preference in Denver or Chicago

TITLE: Gift Officer                                                                                                           DEPARTMENT: Development


STATUS: Full-Time/Exempt                                                            REPORTS TO:         CDO


About Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation®

The Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation® is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition, and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by following these objectives:

·         Continuing the progress on the world’s largest sculptural undertaking by carving a Memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse;

·         Providing educational and cultural programming to encourage harmony and reconciliation among all peoples and nations;

·         Acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts, and crafts through The Indian Museum of North America®, and The Native American Educational and Culture Center®;

·         Establishing and operating The Indian University of North America®, and when practical, a medical training center for Native Americans.



Position Summary/Objective:


This position is responsible for raising awareness, friendships and funds for the Memorial. Under the supervision of the Chief Development Officer, and with a focus on prospect and donor relations, the Gift Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of assigned prospects and donors as well as qualifying new prospects and donors for major gift assignment (donors of $10,000+ annually). The Gift Officer will lead the cultivation of new and existing prospects and donors in the Midwest region through personal visits, calls and correspondence, solicitations and proposals of support as well as all necessary follow-up and stewardship. In addition to traveling regionally to visit with donors and prospects, the Gift Officer will make 2-3 trips per fiscal year to the Memorial, at the CDO’s request, for teambuilding, annual planning and attending key activities or events. The Gift Officer may have a significant travel schedule, which can range from ten days to two weeks of travel per month, depending on the portfolio assigned. The Gift Officer must collaborate and work well with staff at all levels and be effective as a member of a hybrid work team.   








  1. Cultivate, develop, and deepen relationships between CHMF and its donors in the designated region through in-person visits, video conferencing, telephone contacts, mail, and email correspondence. Meet established monthly and annual expectations for activity completed, making sure all outreach fosters both friend raising and fund raising.
  2. Enter all relationship-building activity, moves management, prospect outreach and solicitation strategies developed and completed into the designated donor database.
  3. As part of a hybrid work team, utilize all digital systems and platforms to effectively communicate with supervisor, colleagues, central office and other Memorial staff.
  4. Qualify prospects and steward current and new Dreamkeepers (Planned Giving Society).
  5. Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals.
  6. Host select assigned donors during onsite visits to the Memorial.
  7. Arrange major donor visits for executive leaders, as needed, including contacting donors, arranging meeting specifics and preparing any materials and/or presentations required for each visit.
  8. Organize and participate in CHMF special donor events as assigned or appropriate.
  9. Accurately and effectively utilize established systems and processes to complete work assigned.
  10. Collaborate and/or coordinate with other staff to produce and share appropriate stewardship materials per established protocols.
  11. Recommend ideas and content that could be utilized for CHMF’s social media platforms, Progress newsletter and other communications to department lead as well as through the Marketing and Media process. Assist with developing and writing suggested content when necessary.
  12. Respect the organizational structure and follow the policies and practices of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
  13. Follow the calendar protocols established for the Foundation.
  14. Follow business travel policies and submit monthly travel expense reports in a timely manner and by deadline.
  15. Other responsibilities as assigned.


Required Education/Experience/Competencies


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred and a minimum of five to seven years work experience in nonprofit, higher education or business environment.
  • Proven experience in securing five- and six-figure gifts and pledges from individuals.
  • Must be able to build relationships on behalf of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, representing the organization professionally and following development best practices.
  • Must maintain a high level of confidentiality and show discretion and sound decision-making skills.
  • Must be able to be motivated independently to manage required travel, donor interactions, and required paperwork and follow-up and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and communication skills.
  • Must have knowledge of applicable tax laws, the fund-raising process, and the concepts of donor relations and moves management.


OTHER FUNCTIONS: Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participates in development staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, and training programs, and attends other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assists in evaluation of own portfolio and performance objectives. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.


TRAVEL: Frequent Regional Travel with an average of 2-3 trips annually to Crazy Horse Memorial (as needed or requested).


TOUR OF DUTY: 8 hours/day, 5 days a week. Days of the week and hours per day vary depending on needs and hours of operation.