Director of Major Gifts – Children’s Tumor Foundation – New York, NY

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) medical foundation,dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions of people worldwide living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis. NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities, and excruciating and disabling pain.

NF affects one in every 3,000 people, equally across all populations. The Children’s Tumor Foundation collaborates and funds critical research into neurofibromatosis that will lead to more effective and safe treatments for those who suffer from NF. In addition to benefiting those who live with NF, this research is shedding new light on several forms of cancer, brain tumors, bone abnormalities, and learning disabilities, ultimately benefiting the broader community.

JOB TITLE: Director of Major Gifts

DEPARTMENT: Major Gifts and Events

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Major Gifts and Events

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Major Gifts will work as part of a development team to help lead the Foundation’s revenue growth strategy by cultivating, and soliciting major gifts to support the Foundation’s initiatives. The Director is responsible for managing major gifts with a focus on donations of $10,000 or more. The Director will identify and prioritize a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects, and develop appropriate strategies to secure major gifts for the Foundation.


Cultivate, solicit and steward an active portfolio of donors.

Research and identify potential individual prospects in the $10,000 plus donation level.

Prepare proposals, letters, background information and materials for cultivation and solicitation activities, as needed.

Plan and implement major donor-related cultivation events and activities.

Work with the Board of Directors and Development committee as well as senior scientific and finance staff to develop strategic and targeted giving opportunities for major donors.


The candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years’ of successful experience in nonprofit fundraising.

Must have a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors resulting in gifts in the five and six figure range.

Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with Board members, donors and prospects.

Must have a personal passion for working in the nonprofit sector and a belief in the mission, principles and values of the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills are essential.

A friendly, outgoing and collaborative approach along with a team-oriented style is necessary.

Up to 50% overnight National travel is required for this position and occasional late evenings and weekends.

How to apply

Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and salary history and/or requirements, and can be submitted via email to, or visit our website: