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, policy advocacy, organizing, 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 LDF Development Department is headquartered in NYC and oversees all fundraising efforts to support LDF’s ongoing programs and operations. This is a transformative time for LDF and for its Development Department, having seen a recent dramatic influx of support in direct response to widespread attention to racial injustices. This is a pivotal time for LDF as the organization looks to build on this growth.

LDF seeks an experienced Director of Major Gifts, reporting to the Sr. Director of Major Gifts to play a key role within the Development Department. The Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of donors who have made gifts or with capacity to give a minimum of $20,000 to LDF annually, building relationships with existing donors and known prospects, as well as discovering new prospects in order to increase annual support for the institution. The Director of Major Gifts will plan, coordinate, and implement strategies to engage, cultivate, solicit and steward high-net-worth individual donors. The Director of Major Gifts will report to and work closely with the Sr. Director of Major Gifts, the Chief Development Officer and key volunteers to support their efforts in cultivating and soliciting donors.  The Director of Major Gifts will work to deepen the prospective donor pipeline and will maintain accurate and up-to-date information on LDF donors and prospects.


  • Manage a portfolio of 125-150 individual donors with the capacity to give $100,000+;
  • Build, implement and participate in each step of the donor pipeline including: identification; qualification through research; cultivation; briefing; request for support; and prompt follow-up, stewardship, and recognition.
  • Conduct a minimum of 100 personal visits annually to cultivate, solicit and close gifts;
  • Initiate and cultivate one-to-one relationships with major donors and prospects that enhance their connection to LDF;
  • Design highly customized donor engagement plans for assigned donors to manage prospect relationships to enhance continued and increased support;
  • Curate and attend events (in person and virtual) which facilitate contact with and engage prospects; and follow up with event attendees, as appropriate;
  • Coordinate and attend a minimum of 100 visits (or videoconferences) with donors or potential donors annually;
  • Record all contact reports and donor communication in Raiser’s Edge in a timely fashion;
  • Prepare written strategies for top prospects and solicitation materials, including proposals and executive summaries;
  • Develop personalized correspondence including letters, invitations, briefings, and other mailings;
  • Assist the Director of Individual Giving and Chief Development Officer to manage volunteer leadership and support them in cultivation and solicitation efforts;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Sr. Director of Majors Gifts and/or Chief Development Officer;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in development, with demonstrated track record of personally soliciting and closing 5 and 6-figure gifts;
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • 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 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 organizations a plus;
  • Excellent computer skills and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Power-point, Word) programs.

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