The Major and Planned Gifts Manager is responsible for major gift strategies including planned gifts in support of the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves annual, capital, and endowment fundraising goals. This position works closely with the Chief Development Officer/Preservation Foundation Executive Director and members of the Preservation Foundation board and committees to develop and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure significant financial and/or land resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations. This position is responsible for all aspects of growing the major gifts program, including prospect research, cultivation, recognition, and retention. Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, non-profit management, environmental science, or relevant field. Five years development experience or transferable skills through experience in finance, consulting, communications, or marketing. Proven success developing meaningful relationships with donors, clients, or customers. Knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving, solicitation, and capital campaigns. Proven success soliciting and securing major gifts and building and maintaining long-term fundraising relationships with major donors, foundations, and corporations. Broad working knowledge and effective understanding of the principles and practices of charitable gift planning, including techniques and methods accepted by the IRS, and in non-profit management, annual giving, special events, and major gift fundraising. Excellent communication skills, especially the ability to listen, absorb, and retain information and the ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively. High level of organization, energy, and initiative. Knowledge of region’s philanthropic community. Proficiency in MS-Office Suite required. Knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and terminology. Must possess valid driver’s license.
Internal Number: 8479683276
About Lake County Forest Preserves
As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, we set the standard in nature and historic preservation, and in outdoor recreation and education. The guiding elements of our mission remain focused on preservation, restoration, education and recreation. Acknowledged as a regional and national leader, we protect nearly 31,000 acres of natural land and are the second largest Forest Preserve District in Illinois.