Major gifts are as they sound. If we want to take the simplify-by-synonyms route, we can define major gifts as big, important donations.
At their core, major gifts are the largest donations an organization receives.
The definition of a major gift is simultaneously easy and difficult to pin down. You just read the pared down, general explanation of the term, but in action, major gifts as a donation type are far more varied.
A major gift at one organization is a mid-level donation at another and so on. A new, small nonprofit might count anything over $2,000 as a major gift, whereas an established, international organization could say anything under $100,000 isn’t a major gift.
You’ll have to look into your own donor pool and gift history to determine what constitutes a major gift at your nonprofit.