Director of Philanthropy
American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) seeks experienced applicants for the newly created position of Director of Philanthropy to work out of our office in Raleigh. The ACLU of North Carolina is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NCLF is our 501(c)(3) arm that conducts our legal and educational work. Our mission is to preserve and expand the guarantees of individual liberty found in the U.S. Constitution, the North Carolina Constitution, and relevant federal and state civil rights laws. These freedoms include: racial justice, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive justice, LGBT equality, free speech, religious liberty, the right to privacy, and much more. Founded in 1965, the North Carolina affiliate is a rapidly growing organization, and in just the past three years, the size of our statewide membership base has doubled to more than 12,000. We are currently expanding our permanent staff from seven to nine fulltime employees, and we are looking for an experienced Director of Philanthropy with the vision to build a major gifts program and help us develop the renewable revenue stream necessary to sustain our unprecedented growth. For more information about the work of the ACLU-NCLF, visit our website at

Position Overview The ACLU-NCLF is seeking a Director of Philanthropy, a fulltime senior leadership position reporting to the Executive Director, to develop and implement a strategy for building new programs that raise funds for the ACLU-NCLF’s annual budget and that strengthen the relationships between the ACLU-NCLF and its supporters. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for planning, supervising and executing the organization’s major gifts and planned giving programs and developing complementary fundraising and donor cultivation strategies. The Director of Philanthropy collaborates with the Executive Director, Development Committee, and the Board to reach our annual and long-range goals.

Responsibilities Major Gifts Program: Develop and implement an annual comprehensive work plan that will include specific fundraising goals and targets for proposals, appeals and campaigns; identify, develop and implement strategies for the cultivation of major donors; working with the national ACLU’s development team, conduct research and annual prospect screening to identify best prospects with closest links, aligned interests and greatest capacity; strategically deploy the Executive Director and Board leadership to solicit major gifts; create and carry out strategies to personally cultivate and solicit major donors. In addition to supporting the solicitation of gifts made by others, the Director of Philanthropy will be expected to cultivate and work directly with existing and future donors.

Planned giving : In coordination with the national ACLU’s Office of Gift Planning, pursue strategies to expand membership in planned giving programs and cultivate existing members; market planned giving opportunities to ACLU supporters.

General staff leadership responsibilities: As a member of the senior leadership team, attend ACLU-NCLF functions, such as the annual membership meeting, quarterly Board meetings and other ACLU events; assist the Executive Director in maintaining a strong team spirit within the office; perform other duties assigned by the Executive Director.

These are not all-inclusive, but these are the priorities set by the Board of Directors and the Executive Director.

Job Requirements Qualifications
  • At least five (5) years of demonstrated experience in nonprofit fundraising focusing on individual major gifts; particular weight will be given to candidates who have worked for advocacy and statewide organizations. CFRE accreditation desirable.
  • Successful track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual major donors.
  • Ability to develop and implement a comprehensive resource development plan that is sustainable.
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; experience in working collaboratively with other team members including communications and finance. Strong interpersonal skills and confidence making donor contacts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience developing successful written donor communications and marketing materials.
  • Superb organizational skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency, including list/database management.
  • Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Flexible hours to accommodate occasional evening and weekend work. Some travel required, both in-state and out-of-state.
How to apply

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, relevant writing sample (no more than 5 pages) written wholly or substantially by the applicant, and list of at least three professional references, including contact information for each. Submit applications to:

Jennifer Rudinger, Executive Director

ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation

P.O. Box 28004

Raleigh, NC 27611-8004

Or email application materials to:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The ACLU-NCLF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from all interested persons, including people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.

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