AVP Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Location US-NJ-Camden
Job ID
Full Time
Department Name
The Cooper Foundation 101 Haddon Ave

About Us

At Cooper University Health Care, our commitment to providing extraordinary health care begins with our team. Our extraordinary professionals are continuously discovering clinical innovations and enhanced access to the most up-to-date facilities, equipment, technologies and research protocols. We have a commitment to our employees by providing competitive rates and compensation, a comprehensive employee benefits programs, attractive working conditions, and the chance to build and explore a career opportunity by offering professional development.


Discover why Cooper University Health Care is the employer of choice in South Jersey.


  • Lead the charge in crafting and executing a dynamic operational plan and ambitious annual objectives for our dedicated frontline fundraising team. Dive deep into engaging individual donors and planned giving strategies to elevate our annual fundraising goals. Inspire, mentor, and empower the team to exceed expectations and achieve remarkable results.
  • Curate an exclusive portfolio of around 50 esteemed current, potential, and returning donors, each capable of contributing at the $100,000 level or beyond. Set the standard through exemplary donor engagement and dedicated stewardship.
  • Work closely with the SVP/Chief Philanthropy Officer to create and execute a strategic plan for major gifts fundraising that aligns with CUCH’s strategic goals.
  • Design strategies to bring existing individual donors to a higher level of engagement; re-engage lapsed donors and identify new prospective donors.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with donors, leadership, and key community influencers to identify high-capacity donors.
  • Responsible for regular reporting on activities related to assigned areas and team members, ensuring accurate reporting of all relevant contact information and information related to the prospect/donor’s engagement in the hospital’s Provide updated information to colleagues as appropriate.
  • Join forces with the marketing team and other creative minds to craft compelling materials for fundraising initiatives, engaging presentations, and persuasive proposals.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Foundation, academic and clinical leadership, and other key stakeholders to align fundraising efforts with institutional priorities.
    Other duties as assigned by the organization

Short Description

The AVP – Major Gifts & Planned Giving will be responsible for managing a growing team of frontline fundraisers charged with identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts from individual donors and prospects.  The AVP will lead a relatively new major gifts effort, with tremendous growth potential, and will assist with designing and implementing best practices. Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of securing major gifts, coupled with strong relationship building skills.

Experience Required

• 10+ years of progressively responsible development experience, with a strong working knowledge of the principles and practices of major gift fundraising in an academic medical, healthcare environment or comparable complex organization.
• Proven ability to close gifts of $100,000+ and experience in cultivating relationships with physicians and clinicians, administrative leadership, patients and their families.
• Prior success in hiring, mentoring and retaining a team.
• Experience with initiating, organizing, and managing projects while interfacing successfully with colleagues in a collaborative approach.
• Outgoing personality and ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with key constituencies; customer-service orientation.
• Excellent presentation, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills.
• Solid working knowledge of fundraising databases, preferably Raisers’ Edge.
• Fundraising in a health care environment preferred.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree required 

Special Requirements

  • Ability to travel locally and occasional overnight travel.


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