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Director, Philanthropy

Posted: 11/15/2022

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Position Summary:
The Director, Philanthropy will be focused on identifying, cultivating, and stewarding gifts at and above $10,000 for National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) with a focus on $25,000+ commitments.  The Director is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing fundraising strategies for NURFC advocates, donors, and the corporate community. This position will create meaningful cultivation, engagement, and stewardship opportunities for both current and future donors of NURFC. This will include planning programs, projects and events designed to enhance NURFC’s interactions with individual, corporate and foundation donors, as well as designing plans for major donors from cultivation through stewardship.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Actively solicit for gifts $10,000-$50,000; include internal partners, volunteers, and leadership where appropriate; position leadership and/or volunteers for greatest possible outcomes
  • Partner with VP, Philanthropy and Senior Director, Philanthropy in the identification, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors; this includes performing research on prospects, providing leadership and strategic direction to develop and generate six- and seven-figure campaign asks, and guiding the creation of donor cultivation plans and managing the creation of supporting materials
  • Assist NURFC team in donor stewardship activities for donors under portfolio management, including coordinating invitations to NURFC events, meetings with NURFC staff and other engagement opportunities.
    • Provide support in the planning and execution of Donor Events and Special Exhibition openings and closings
    • Execute sponsor benefit fulfillment via delivery of tickets, membership cards, and ticket discount codes
  • Maintain a deep understanding of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge functionality and how it supports fundraising success
    • Manage and ensure data integrity for Raiser’s Edge Database
Education and Experience:
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of four years of experience in a non-profit environment with a preference given to project management, fundraising and/or data management
  • Demonstrated experience identifying, soliciting, and stewarding gifts at and above $10,000
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Previous event planning experience preferred
  • Must be team-oriented, self-directed, and able to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to take initiative, work both independently and collaboratively and think creatively to problem-solve
  • Proven effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess a high level of motivation and integrity
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other prospect management tool preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Other duties as assigned or required.
We are an equal opportunity employer

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