Major and Planned Giving Officer

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is hiring a full-time Major and Planned Gifts Officer (Officer) to expand individual major donor gifts ($10,000 – $100,000+) and start a planned giving program. ELPC seeks an experienced development professional who is a hands-on executor and passionate about advancing ELPC’s strategic environmental advocacy in the Midwest/Great Lakes region with significant national impact. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economics, science and public engagement – are essential to protect our core environmental values.  The Officer will be a senior member of ELPC’s Development Team reporting to the Chief Development Officer in the Chicago headquarters green office.

RESPONSIBILITIES: ELPC has an annual operating budget of $8.5M. The Major and Planned Gifts Officer is new to ELPC and as such, the Chief Development Officer will look to this new staff position to design and build out the major and planned giving programs. The Officer will focus on growing ELPC’s major gifts program by successfully stewarding current donors and cultivating new major donors.  Planned giving is a secondary objective. It is hoped that the major gifts work would naturally lead to the identification of opportunities to start a planned giving program.  Previous planned giving experience is valued but is not a required core competency for candidates.

Donor Prospects Discovery, Development and Delivery

  • Priority on hands-on execution. The Officer will manage the full life-cycle of giving including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donor prospects.
  • Develop and execute solicitation strategies for major donor and planned giving prospects.
  • Successfully secure new major donor gifts and planned giving commitments to ELPC.

Current Donor Stewardship

  • With a focus and priority on hands-on execution, the Officer will steward 75-100 current major donors and successfully solicit sustained and increased major and planned gifts.
  • Develop and execute ambitious monthly, quarterly and annual goals for moving through the giving cycle, supported by a strategic schedule of meetings with donors.
  • Solicit and secure increased contributions, multi-year commitments and planned giving.

Development Team Work

  • Work collaboratively with the Development Team to successfully achieve overall fundraising goals, especially by significantly expanding the number and amounts of major donor gifts.
  • Support and leverage the engagement of the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer in major donor fundraising.
  • Write compelling and persuasive major donor communications, including fundraising requests, reports and other supplementary materials.
  • Coordinate with the Development Team on events and campaigns throughout the year.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. At least 7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, with environmental knowledge and experience preferred. Demonstrated track record of successful major donor fundraising, including success in soliciting and securing five and six-figure gifts. The ideal candidate has outstanding oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and works well in a team environment.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental organizations.  Excellent benefits provided, including retirement plan.

APPLICATION: Applicants should email a cover letter that details their experience with major gifts work and resume to: with only your name in the subject line. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.


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