Planned Giving & Major Gifts Director

Job Title: 
Planned Giving & Major Gifts Director
Job Description: 

Animal Care Sanctuary (ACS), one of the largest and oldest sanctuary’s in the United States is seeking a Planned Giving & Major Gifts Director.


This position is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of present supporters and new donor prospects who are interested in including ACS in their wills, trusts, or other long range financial and estate plans. Donor Communication will be by phone, mail, email along with designated number of donor visits. Responsible for achieving set fundraising targets which complement the overall goals of the planned giving for the organization.


This position will be responsible for:


Generating 25 bequest commitments annually from new bequest prospects with formalized cultivation and solicitation plans from the planned giving marketing campaigns;


Successfully soliciting $500,000 in signed Letters of Intent commitments annually from supporters in assigned area:

  • Stewarding 10 legacy supporters with gift commitments ranging from $10,000-$50,000 along with meeting with bequest prospects.
  • Organizing two regional events annually showcasing ACS programs to present to supporters and prospects;
  • Escalating complex bequest requests such as Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT), Charitable Lead Trusts (CLT), Real Estate Gifts and $250,000 bequest intents to the Executive Director;
  • Generating $25,000 in outright annual donations;
  • Creating and soliciting charitable gift annuities using moves management; Blackbaud data systems;
  • Internally collaborating with members of the philanthropy team as well as interacting with other departments;
  • Contacting daily with ACS planned giving prospects, donors and financial advisors.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in estate law profession, financial services background, major gift/planned giving fundraising or directing a nonprofit estate planning program;
  • Attention to detail and an ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tack, diplomacy and discretion;
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, under pressure and on deadline;
  • Knowledge of moves management/Blackbaud database systems or other donor database system;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to animal welfare required.

Note: This can be a remote position in the NY, NJ, Pa area.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE

Animal Care Sanctuary
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Start Date: 
Tue, 01/01/2019
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This can be a remote position in the NY, NJ, Pa area
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Job Contact Name: 
Joan Smith-Reese
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