Director of Philanthropy
ACLU - United States

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Position Description
Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy develops and oversees programs to raise funds for the ACLU of Eastern Missouri Fund (ACLU-EMF) and strengthen the organization’s relationships with its supporters. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for planning, supervising and executing the affiliate’s major gifts program and developing complimentary fundraising and donor cultivation strategies. The Director of Philanthropy, a senior management position reporting to the Executive Director, provides leadership to, and collaborates with, development staff, program staff and the Board of Trustees and volunteers to reach annual and long-range fundraising goals.

The ACLU-EMF is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a national public interest organization, which is the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights.

The ACLU-EMF and its sister organization, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, Inc., maintain IRS 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) status respectively. To achieve our mission, we manage legal, legislative and public education programs on a broad range of constitutional issues including discrimination, free speech, religious freedom, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, and privacy. We have a diverse staff of seven full-time individuals. Our headquarters is located in St. Louis’ historic and newly-restored Gaslight Square District. To learn more about the work of the ACLU and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit and .

Individual donor fundraising: Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan that identifies specific fundraising goals, timelines, and targets for proposals, appeals, and campaigns. Create and carry out strategies to cultivate, solicit and increase the number of existing donors who regularly make gifts of $5,000 or more (i.e., major donors). Prepare and mobilize the Executive Director and select lay leaders to carry out solicitations. Identify and research new donor prospects and strive to expand major donor pool. Develop campaigns and mechanisms (e.g., direct mail, on-line giving, etc.) to stimulate giving among donors who give less than $5,000 and encourage them to become major donors.

Leadership Development: Ensure effective training of, and appropriate materials for volunteer solicitors; report to the board of trustees on development efforts; groom local volunteers to engage in development-related activity; cultivate new volunteers to take a leadership role in development efforts.

Planned Giving: In coordination with the National ACLU Planned Giving Department, pursue strategies to expand membership in the DeSilver Society and other planned giving programs. Market planned giving opportunities to ACLU supporters.

Grants Program: Coordinate all grant-based fundraising efforts, working with program staff to identify funding priorities, prepare grant applications, and complete reporting. Oversee prospect research; develop tracking, scheduling, reporting systems and proposal submissions.

Membership: Ensure that new member lists are regularly reviewed and incorporated into development strategies. (The majority of membership recruitment and all renewals are handled by the national ACLU office.)

Gift Recording & Acknowledgement: Manage programs to acknowledge donors and nurture continued giving. Work with Development Associate to assure accurate and current donor database, including individual giving histories, profiles, and interactions. Oversee production of reports for accounting and reconciliation of funds between the ACLU-EMF and the national office. Keep Executive Director adequately informed of trends and key donor information.

Materials and Special Events : Work with ACLU-EMF communications staff to develop messages and materials that advance the ACLU’s development initiatives, and implementation of donor recognition and other cultivation events throughout the year.

Additional Responsibilities will include:
Assist the Executive Director in maintaining a strong team spirit within the office.

Assist with strategic planning, budget development and internal structures and processes.

Be proficient in National ACLU sharing formulas and related matters.

Prepare regular reports for the Executive Director, including analysis of gifts, trends, projections, etc.

Track development goals and work to ensure they are accomplished.

Ensure that confidentiality and work quality requirements are met by staff and volunteers.

Supervise, train, and support Development Associate.

Attend ACLU functions, such as the Annual Membership meeting, National Staff meeting, Board meetings, membership receptions, and other ACLU events.


Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of constitutional rights and civil liberties issues and their implications.

Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience with at least five (5) years experience in fundraising focusing on individual major gifts, campaigns and events, particularly in advocacy or community-based organizations.

CFRE accreditation desirable.

A successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting major individual donors and foundations. Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management.

Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to lead a vibrant philanthropy program.

Strong interpersonal skills and confidence making donor contacts and working to bring people closer to the organization

Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn.

Can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities, working beyond 9-5 as needed. Well-organized and flexible; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and ability to meet tight deadlines.

Demonstrated leadership skills, functions decisively and inspires collaboration. Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience producing successful donor communication and marketing materials.

Proficient in Microsoft office suite and fundraising database management.

Personally committed to diversity; values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary based on experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, medical, vision, and dental coverage for staff members, life and long term disability insurance, and a 401(K) plan with employer match.

To Apply
Please submit a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter describing your interest in the Director of Philanthropy position to the address below. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing. Please, no phone calls.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

ACLU of Eastern Missouri Fund
Attn: Director of Philanthropy
454 Whittier Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

The ACLU-EMF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.

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