Major Gifts Officer

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Philanthropic Engagement

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive


Painter Executive Search is supporting Burning Man in the search for an experienced Major Gifts Officer to develop a robust program to actively invite support for their mission of extending Burning Man culture around the globe. Please consider your network and send this opportunity along or contact Painter Executive Search for more information. We welcome your suggestions and recommendations and appreciate your help in identifying potential candidates.

Burning Man Project (Burning Man) is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation whose mission is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event (AKA Black Rock City) into the larger world. Burning Man is committed to nurturing Black Rock City as the seminal manifestation of the 10 Principles-based culture and growing a support infrastructure that connects, celebrates and facilitates the sharing of Burning Man culture in communities around the globe. Based in San Francisco, California, Burning Man employs a diverse staff of creative professionals with extensive knowledge of art, civic engagement, and community building who seek to bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of community, culture and personal engagement. Through the cultivation of 10 Principles-based culture, Burning Man seeks to encourage personal, civic and social change.

Gifting is a core Burning Man principle and is integral to the culture on and off the playa. A professional, structured fundraising program is relatively new to Burning Man. Interpreting traditional fundraising techniques in this gift-oriented culture will be required of this role, but the possibilities for engagement are personal and transformative for everyone. As Burning Man culture extends and influences larger numbers of people around the world, the invitation to support that social change is also evolving. Within the dynamic conversation of how Burning Man culture creates social change, are opportunities for individuals to support personal and social transformation on a grand scale.

The Major Gifts Officer will develop and execute a strategy to engage the community, inviting them to participate in the promise of the social transformation that emanates from 10 Principles-based communities. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropic Engagement, the Major Gifts Officer will focus on developing relationships with donors who have the capacity to support the organization with five to seven figure gifts. Through the process of designing and implementing new giving programs that honor and nurture the Burning Man’s culture of gifting, the Major Gift Officer will extend the opportunities for those who embrace Burning Man’s mission to participate fully in support of that work.

Please contact Nancy Painter should you be interested in learning more about the role or submit your background for consideration at To learn more about our organizations, please visit our websites: and

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