Major Gifts Officer

  • ACLU of Kentucky
  • Louisville, KY, USA
Full Time Fundraising Nonprofit

Job Description

Do you understand the urgency of the ACLU’s work today, and can you share with donors the importance and excitement of making it possible?  The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky seeks a nonprofit development professional to work as our Major Gifts Officer at this critical time.


For nearly a hundred years, ACLU work has made a profound difference in the lives of our clients, as well as historic contributions to our country and state. And now, more people than ever before have turned to the ACLU, to fight back against unprecedented new attacks on civil rights and liberties.


Working closely with the Executive Director, the Major Gifts Officer will lead, plan and execute the ACLU of Kentucky’s major gifts program and other fundraising initiatives.


Founded in 1955, the ACLU of Kentucky has been at the heart of many of the most important struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. The ACLU of Kentucky office is located in the heart of downtown Louisville.  We currently have a staff of 8 people and over 7,500 members across the state with an annual budget of $1.2 million.



The Major Gifts Officer will lead the ACLU’s major gifts programby:

  • Developing and coordinating annual and long-range development plans;
  • Monitoring and maintaining a statewide portfolio of 150-250 donors capable of giving $1000+, including setting goals, cultivation and solicitation strategies, closing of gifts, and developing a pipeline of mid-level donors;
  • Engaging in face-to-face solicitations and other direct engagement with donors and prospects, and arranging and supporting engagement for the Executive Director, senior staff, and select lay leaders;
  • Drafting donor correspondence and maintaining primary responsibility for developing the messages, strategy memos, talking points, and materials for all of our development efforts;
  • Coordinating with the Operations and Development Associate to ensure the donor portfolio receives timely and accurate proposals, narrative and financial reports, invitations to ACLU-KY events, and other cultivation and stewardship communications from ACLU-KY;
  • Interacting collaboratively with National ACLU development staff to advance key donor relationships through strategic planning and individual donor strategies and solicitations;
  • Maintaining working knowledge of national and state programmatic priorities and issues, including long-term priorities, the racial impact of the programmatic work of the organization, and major breaking news stories that are of interest to our supporters.


Experience and Qualifications

  • At least 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in nonprofit fundraising focusing on individual major gifts; weight will be given to candidates who have worked for advocacy and statewide organizations and have a track record of cultivating diverse donors.
  • A proven track record of securing donor visits; soliciting, closing, and stewarding leadership and major gifts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience developing successfully written donor communications and marketing materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts. Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines. Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, track progress toward achieving objectives.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with other team members; Strong interpersonal skills, cross-cultural competency, and confidence making donor contacts in diverse communities.
  • A commitment to diversity and equity, and a personal approach that values individuals and their differences.
  • The ability and willingness to travel regularly throughout Kentucky and the possession of a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.
  • Computer proficiency, including list/database management.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours.


The ACLU of Kentucky offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package including paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, pension plan, life and long-term disability insurance and generous paid holidays. The salary for this position will be between $45-50,000 depending on experience.


To Apply:

Please submit via email, a detailed letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Michael Aldridge at  Please put “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. 


All applications will be reviewed. 

It will not be possible for us to accept telephone calls of inquiry. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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