Job Title: Individual Gifts Officer


Reporting to the President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut (UHCF) and in partnership with a cross-functional Fund Development Team, the Individual Gifts Officer is responsible for building, leading and growing a mission-oriented individual giving program to help meet operational needs of UHCF.


  • Work with the President and the team in creating and executing the UHCF individual gifts plan for a sustained base of annual individual donors.
  • Conduct ongoing research and screening to identify prospective donors.
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with prospects for major gifts and ensure ongoing stewardship of major donors.
  • Propose, design and execute planning of cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Work with staff colleagues to maintain a working understanding of the Foundation’s priorities and strategies. Communicate with donors persuasively about what their gifts accomplish.
  • Develop marketing tools for fund development purposes, including newsletters and other communications collateral.
  • Collaborate with the UHCF Communications team on donor-focused social media and Website content creation and implementation.
  • Coordinate the cross-functional Fund Development Team’s priorities; in general, work collaboratively with staff and provide volunteers focus and direction.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders such as staff, board and key partners.
  • Work with the President to develop and administer the annual budget for Fund Development.
  • Manage the effective use of the donor database, and provide guidance to staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
  • Professionally represent UHCF.
  • Work with the President to foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  • Work with the President and staff colleagues on potential grant opportunities, including grant writing, as needed.


  • Five to eight years’ experience with individual giving, including annual appeals, direct mail and major gifts fund development, or social purpose marketing/communications.
  • Must have substantive experience and demonstrated results working in fund development in the nonprofit sector. Experience with public policy advocacy organizations is a plus, and experience in health care advocacy organizations, an additional plus.
  • Must have a working knowledge of effective practices in securing major and annual gifts from individuals.
  • Demonstrated mastery of donor research strategies, techniques and tools (including use of wealth screening services), prospecting, supporting and executing cultivation activities and stewardship management.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated experience in effective donor-centric communications.
  • Knowledge and facility with social media.
  • Power-user of technology for written communications (including presentations) and database management. Working knowledge of database programs such as Salesforce or Raisers Edge a significant plus.
  • Detail oriented; superior at follow-up; a laser-like focus on outcomes.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial problem-solver.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in and at times lead project teams of staff that are not direct reports.


  • Bachelor's Degree in the liberal arts and humanities, health and human services, business administration, marketing/communications or other relevant field of study.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage; 401K retirement plan; life insurance; and tuition reimbursement.


Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:


Carole Dicks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Working Hours:

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and
Public Holidays closed.