The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (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 African American 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 always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the 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.

LDF seeks a collaborative, motivated and experienced individual to serve as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving to help drive the Development Department.

The Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving will play a key role on LDF’s individual giving team and will help advance LDF’s strategic campaign and fundraising priorities, with a focus on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and planned gifts from donors and prospects with a capacity to give $25,000+. The Director will carry a portfolio of approximately 150-175 donors and prospects.

The successful candidate will be an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with a track record of building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with individual donors. This is an exciting opportunity for a leader that is prepared to excel in a fast-paced environment.


  • Conduct a minimum of 100 personal visits annually to cultivate, solicit and close major and planned gifts;
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of 150-175 donors and prospects with the capacity to give $25,000+;
  • Develop individual donor strategies to secure, renew and increase large gifts;
  • Develop personalized correspondence including letters, invitations, briefings, and other mailings;
  • Manage prospect identification, research and assignment to ensure a continuous pipeline of individuals with leadership giving capacity and inclination;
  • Work with appropriate Development staff to identify and qualify prospects and build appropriate strategies to capture giving potential;
  • Develop stewardship strategies and opportunities for top donors;
  • Manage the prospect pipeline and ensure timely activity and progress toward fundraising goals and benchmarks;
  • Work with the Senior Director of Major Gifts to develop and implement a planned giving strategy;
  • Lead strategic efforts for planned giving pipeline movement, gift proposals, policy development and goal setting;
  • Manage the planned giving solicitation process and planned giving pipeline for the Chief Development Officer and Senior Director of Major Gifts;
  • Craft marketing materials describing planned giving vehicles and naming opportunities;
  • Assist in strategizing and implementing events and meetings for integrative engagement with top major gift and planned giving donors and prospects;
  • Manage acknowledgment of major donors and planned gifts as well as arrangements for recognition, as appropriate; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.


  • 5-7 years of experience in development, preferably major gift fundraising and planned giving;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree 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 high level donors and senior management;
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently and as a team player with a range of constituents and colleagues;
  • Understanding of current laws regarding taxability of donations, familiarity with deferred giving strategies, and knowledge of a diverse array of financial instruments;
  • 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 organizations a plus; and
  • Excellent computer skills and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) programs.

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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.