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Minnesota Director of Philanthropy

St. Paul, MN
The Trust for Public Land is excited to work with the Aspen Leadership Group of the recruitment of this position.

To be considered please apply here:  https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/1018

The Director of Philanthropy, Minnesota will design, coordinate, and implement all fundraising activities to support The Trust for Public Land’s activities in Minnesota. The Director will work closely with the State Director and the philanthropy team to lead a comprehensive fundraising program that maximizes support for the organization and its activities in Minnesota. The Director will help the team leverage national resources to elevate The Trust for Public Land at the local level as well as promote and advocate work taking place in the field with its national programs. The Director will carry a portfolio with an emphasis on individual major gift prospects and donors.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 on the conviction that all people need access to nature and the outdoors, close to home, in the cities and communities where they live, as a matter of health, equity, and justice. While many conservation organizations set aside wildlands for biodiversity or habitat restoration, The Trust's founders sought to bring the benefits of parks and nature to the places, people, and communities that needed them most. The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.5 million acres of land, developed more than 2,000 miles of trails, and completed more than 5,400 projects across America. The Trust for Public Land has also helped states and local communities generate more than $79 billion in new public funds for parks and open space.

Every year, people across the Midwest and the country travel to bask in the vast forests, skim across the bountiful lakes, and embrace the invitation for adventure and connection in the Northwoods region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. However, the region’s forests and waterways are increasingly threatened by the growing demand for development. Limited real estate, sale of private forestlands, and overall changes in land use patterns accelerated by the pandemic have put access to beloved Northwoods landscapes at risk. The Trust has protected thousands of acres in the Northwoods, and is making substantial strides to advance this legacy in the years to come.

Public schoolyards throughout Minnesota are packed with potential. As part of The Trust for Public Land’s national Schoolyards initiative, it is bringing the myriad benefits of Community Schoolyards to Minnesota. Guided by unprecedented successes in New York City, Philadelphia, and Oakland, it has secured early state and private funding to analyze and map statewide need, organize local partnerships, and begin community engagement and design for Minnesota’s first Healthy Community Schoolyards.

State Program and Advisory Board Oversight

The Director of Philanthropy, Minnesota will:

• oversee all fundraising activities in the Minnesota program, including the design and implementation of annual and long-range plans, development and realization of annual revenue goals, and setting the priorities and focus for the philanthropy program;
• collaborate with philanthropy team members to monitor progress and meet revenue goals and communicate a shared vision for the program and expectations of each position in shared success;
• work with the State Director to identify operating and capital needs in order to integrate and direct fundraising efforts; • track and report progress toward revenue and programmatic goals;
• monitor philanthropy associated expenses ensuring proper investment of resources; 
• oversee donor communications and recognition, coordinating with regional and national marketing departments;
• oversee donor events and tours;
• direct and coordinate the involvement of leadership and program staff with donors and in overall fundraising; and
• work with State Director and Minnesota Advisory Board Chair to sustain and grow the Minnesota Advisory Board, including identifying and recruiting new members, directing the fundraising knowledge and efforts of the Advisory Board, and overseeing the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual board members and ensuring giving metrics are achieved.

Relationship Management:

The Director of Philanthropy, Minnesota will:

 manage a portfolio of approximately 100 donors and prospects with an emphasis on individual major gift donors and prospects, including donor identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
• make at least 100 visits (aspire to 120 visits) with donors and prospects, annually;
• create comprehensive engagement strategies, lead cultivation teams, and lead in the creation and delivery of final solicitation and stewardship materials and activity; and
• promote blended gifts, planned giving, and involve peer volunteers, leadership, senior management, and project staff in cultivation as needed.

Philanthropy Leadership Administration

he Director of Philanthropy, Minnesota will:
• supervise the Minnesota Philanthropy Associate and support their success through regular communication, guidance, and contact;
• provide direction in regards to allocation of time and effort and ensures proper training and professional development as needed;
• communicate a shared vision for the program;
• contribute to Philanthropy's overall success by assuring budget and goals are met or exceeded;
• monitor progress and provide positive and constructive feedback; and
• deliver annual performance assessment.


The Trust for Public Land seeks a Director of Philanthropy, Minnesota with

• a commitment to The Trust for Public Land's mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come;
• knowledge of and experience with Minnesota’s philanthropic communities;
• experience recruiting and managing volunteer boards, as well as working with volunteers to fundraise successfully;
• management experience and an ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members;
• self-motivation with an ability to work autonomously;
• an ability to multi-task with exceptional organizational and planning skills and excellent attention to detail and deadlines;
• excellent written communication skills (including grant writing) and interpersonal skills ranging from one-on-one interactions to formal group presentations; • an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to thrive in a small, dynamic, busy office; and
• an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

A bachelor's degree is preferred for this position as is at least eight years of fundraising experience, including making major gift solicitations with significant institutional impact.

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