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Director of Philanthropy - Texas

Location: Dallas, Texas
Date Posted: 03-06-2017
The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of all fund raising activities to support the Trust for Public Land’s conservation activities in the North Texas region. The Director of Philanthropy works closely with the Area Director, and leads a robust philanthropy program that includes establishing annual fund raising goals in support of state-based activities and national programs.  This position works closely with the Area Director, Divisional project and administrative staff, and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, and interacts closely and frequently with donors and Advisory Council volunteers. The Director of Philanthropy reports to the Division Director of Philanthropy.
  • In cooperation with the Area Director and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, oversees all  fundraising activities in the North Texas region, with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of individual donors and foundations with a giving capacity of more than $10,000 annually, including scheduling and attending solicitation meetings; creating solicitation letters, proposals and other materials; managing a portfolio of donors and donor prospects; promoting planned giving; and involving senior management and project staff in cultivation as needed.
  • Works with Area Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain existing Advisory Council members, including acting as a liaison with the Board on philanthropy-related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Board members.
  • Works with project staff to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging and marketing Trust for Public Land programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects, and developing fundraising materials as needed. Develops annual philanthropy action plans, revenue and expense budgets, and long-range (3-5 years) fundraising goals.
  • Manages all donor recognition and donor communications for the region, coordinating closely with divisional and national Marketing and Stewardship departments.
  • Updates and maintains donor tracking records in donor database and generates donor-tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  • In coordination with divisional and national Philanthropy teams, plans and produces donor-oriented special events.
  • Maintains a portfolio of approximately 120 donors and prospects, and makes at least 100 visits to prospects annually.
  • With the Area Director’s partnership, shares responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual state philanthropy budget.
 Experience, Education and Skills Required:
  • Minimum six years of fund-raising experience, including direct major gift solicitations.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer Boards
  • Bachelor’s degree required. MA preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience using Window-based philanthropic database program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience in writing grant proposals or other fundraising materials helpful.
  • Available for donor related travel (up to 30%).
  • Knowledge of and experience with the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth philanthropic communities
  • Strong interest in and commitment to urban parks and land conservation.
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