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Director of Major Gifts (New York)

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced Director of Major Gifts to help drive the Development Department and its upcoming campaign.


Development Department

The LDF Development Department is headquartered in NYC and oversees all fundraising efforts to support LDF’s ongoing programs and operations. The Development Department is in the midst of planning for a major endowment campaign to sustain LDF in perpetuity.  In addition to the campaign, the Development Department is responsible for achieving its fundraising goals as part of an ambitious upcoming campaign.  


Director of Major Gifts Overview

The Director of Major Gifts will play a key role within the Development Department, and be responsible for advancing LDF’s strategic campaign and fundraising priorities, with a focus on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts from donors and friends of LDF ranging from $500,000+.  The Director will carry a portfolio of 50-75 prospects.  Additionally, the Director will be responsible for overseeing a major gifts team of 2-3 major and planned gift officers, working with them to identify, engage, cultivate and solicit individual portfolios of 150-175 donors and prospects.  The Director shall work closely with the Stewardship Manager to ensure there is appropriate integrative stewardship opportunities for top level donors.  On occasion, the Director will work with the Director-Counsel, the Chief Development Officer and key Board Members to support their efforts in cultivating and soliciting top donors.  The Director will work to deepen the prospective donor pipeline, and will maintain accurate and up-to-date information on LDF donors and prospects. 


Specific Responsibilities

Individual Giving:

  • Conduct a minimum of 70-80 personal visits annually to cultivate, solicit and close leadership level gifts;
  • Manage a portfolio of 50-75 individual leadership donors with the capacity to give $500,000+;
  • Work with the Director-Counsel and the Chief Development Officer to develop written individual giving solicitation and stewardship plans for the top 30 LDF donors/prospects as part of the strategy for an upcoming campaign;
  • Complete a minimum of 10+ major and leadership gift solicitations annually;
  • Supervise, manage and support of a team of 2-3 major and planned gifts officers to help them achieve their fundraising goals using a development metrics system; prepare their annual performance plans and conducts their annual reviews;
  • Develop a planned giving program, inclusive of policies and procedures and stewardship opportunities;
  • Oversee ongoing moves management and cultivation of new and existing sources of individual giving support;
  • Produce ongoing activity and analysis reports highlighting contributions and fundraising efforts in comparison to performance goals. 
  • Responsible for presenting information to the Executive Leadership Board members on a reoccurring basis;
  • Attend events which facilitate contact with prospects and donors; and develops high end events and meetings for integrative engagement with top donors;


  • Actively develop, implement, and evaluate progress of annual development plan to ensure resources for all areas of contributed income and key initiatives; Prepares, oversees and is responsible for the Major and Planned Gift Program budgets;
  • Administer the annual endowment reporting structure;
  • Ensure integrity of donor records in database and maintenance of all records and donor communication in Raiser’s Edge in a timely fashion;
  • Manage acknowledgment of individual and major donor gifts and arrangements for recognition, as appropriate;
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer to manage volunteer leadership and Board members and support them in cultivation and solicitation efforts;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director-Counsel and/or the Chief Development Officer.


 The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • 8+ years of experience in development, preferably in major and/or leadership gift fundraising;
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree or J.D. preferred;
  • Highly organized individual with strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize and manage deadlines;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working with senior executives and high profile donors and volunteer leadership;
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently and as a team player with a range of constituents and colleagues;
  • Experience with fundraising databases; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus;
  • Commitment to the mission and growth of LDF;
  • Experience with civil rights, human rights, or educational organizations a plus;
  • Excellent computer skills and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Power-point, Word) programs.



To Apply: 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:


Monica Garcia

Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006


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