Director, Gift Planning

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-642811
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 02, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The ELCA Foundation is a separately incorporated ministry of the ELCA that provides comprehensive giving opportunities for individuals and educational and support services in current gifts and deferred giving programs to congregations, synods and institutions of this church toward the goal of increasing resources for all the ministries of the ELCA.The Foundation also offers opportunities for congregations and institutions of the ELCA to invest in the Endowment Fund Pooled Trust; provides oversight of the assets including the Endowment Fund, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts; and cares for the accounting, administration and financial reporting of assets and activities. The ELCA Foundation is governed by a board of trustees with separate committees for Investments, Audit, Resource Development and Finance.

Foundation Parameters: Assets Under Management - $854 million; Annual Budget - $7.5 million; Staff Size - 36.

Job Purpose:

The Director of Gift Planning is responsible, through the direct supervision of the national staff of regional gift planners, to lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current and planned gifts.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Manage the day to day activities of the regional gift planning staff to ensure appropriate acceptance and completion of current and deferred gifts. Conduct regular performance reviews and coordinate semi-annual staff meetings to guarantee goals and objectives are being met.

2. Execute a comprehensive development program designed to increase the overall number of ELCA donors and the total amount of their gifts. Enhance recognition and solicitation opportunities of donors who have included ELCA churchwide programs in their estate plans.

3. Accompany regional gift planners on donor calls to coach and provide support as needed.

4. Expand current partnership program to grow relationships with the church, synods, and other ELCA related entities.

5. Work with the Foundation management team to set the strategic direction of the gift planning program. Enhance and expand the supporting relationships with synods and partnerships.

6. Work with the Manager of Prospect Planning and Analysis to develop criteria and identify prospective donors that the Regional Gift Planners will cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors


Travel up to 30%.

Physical Effort.

Briefly describe the physical effort required to perform this job. For example, normal office activities with long periods of sitting and some light lifting; or, warehouse environment with long periods of standing with moderate to heavy lifting; or usually normal office environment with periodic need to stand for long periods, handle materials, and perform light to moderate lifting.

Experience and Skills:

1. Seven years professional fund-raising experience developing gifts, managing teams and setting strategy. College degree required.

2. Demonstrated proficiency in computer technology including applications for project and data management and electronic calendars (CRM, Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook preferred). Ability to quickly learn software specific to the department or institution.

3. Demonstrated experience in planning, leading and managing projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking progress to senior staff and partnership members.

4. Demonstrated ability to relate well to, and inspire the confidence of, donors, their families and their legal and financial advisors, as well as internal colleagues and regional gift planners.

5. Familiarity with, appreciation of, and a commitment to the mission and vision of the ELCA.

List of certifications or licenses:

CFRE preferred but not required.