Founded 50 years ago in 1969, Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.
As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.
Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to President Reagan to pass on his ideas to future generations.
About the Opening
The director of planned giving will lead the Foundation’s efforts to acquire planned gifts. In addition, the director of planned giving will help identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and ultimate gifts—ensuring Young America’s Foundation reaches its full development potential.
The director will work in close collaboration with development team members at Young America’s Foundation’s national headquarters in Reston, Virginia, as well as with those at the Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Center (Santa Barbara, California).
- Manage a portfolio of primary prospects of planned gifts
- Initiate contact with current and potential major gift donors for planned and ultimate gifts
- Develop appropriate cultivation strategies (home visits, Ranch visits, correspondence, event participation, etc.) for these supporters
- Move donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation or completion of planned and ultimate gifts
- Make solicitations when appropriate
- Provide a high level of quality stewardship for gifts you are involved in acquiring
- Report the status and progress of an assigned list of supporters at Foundation development team meetings and when requested by Foundation leadership
- Ensure that timely and comprehensive visit reports are filed for donor contacts
- Prioritize and visit supporters in their homes and/or offices to follow-up post Reagan Ranch visits
- Maximize the Foundation’s current and future support
- Work with the overall development team to ensure all supporter events reach the maximum financial potential;
- Provide other members of the Foundation’s Development Team with support
- Share visits and seek to familiarize other Foundation colleagues in your knowledge and experience in planned giving
- Maintain regular business hours at the Foundation’s headquarters whenever not on the road or operating out of other Foundation facilities
- Periodically report on all prospective planned gifts to the Foundation’s president
- Coordinate with the general counsel’s office as required to legally obtain all planned gifts
- Write, edit, and review Foundation materials related to planned giving
- Undertake other duties assigned by the President or Board of Directors
- Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs
- 7+ years of experience, including proven success in planned giving
- Self-motivated, resourceful, and flexible
- Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop donor-centered relationships between the donor and the Foundation
- Must be willing to travel (approximate travel: 40%)
- Ability to work as a collaborative, constructive team member
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
- Preference given to candidates with history of activity in Young America’s Foundation programs
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position/YAF’s mission and salary requirements
- Three+ professional references
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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