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Individual Gifts Officer

Company: ACLU of Oregon
Date Posted: May 25, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities. The ACLU of Oregon fights for free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, and more. With more than 50,000 members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU of Oregon is a statewide affiliate of the ACLU, our nation’s guardian of liberty for nearly 100 years.

The ACLU of Oregon has entered a period of growth, during which our programmatic initiatives and presence within Oregon are expanding.  The ACLU of Oregon’s Development Department is seeking an exceptional talent to join our team as an Individual Gifts Officer, a position that will help grow our organization’s fundraising program and sustain our expansion. This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated, strategic thinker who demonstrates a passion for civil liberties work, a desire to strengthen a development program, and a proven ability to provide our donors with an exceptional philanthropic experience.


The Individual Gifts Officer will join a talented and highly motivated team of fourteen, which includes attorneys, communications experts, legislative and policy advocates, community organizers, and fundraisers.


Position Overview

Alongside our Executive Director, our Development Director, and our Development Associate, the Individual Gifts Officer will serve as a key member of our four-person fundraising team. Under the guidance and the direction of the Development Director, the Individual Gifts Officer will build, strengthen, and advance existing donor relationships, will identify prospective donors, and will encourage increased giving through the execution of high-level cultivation and stewardship activities for prospects and donors.

The 2016 election grew our donor base to more than 50,000 supporters. Critically important to this position are the strategic skills necessary to balance prospect identification, solicitation, proposal development, and coordination of internal administrative processes while building lasting, donor centric relationships.

The Individual Gifts Officer will spend a significant amount of time interacting with donors, whether inside or outside of our office. This is a full-time position based in our downtown Portland office, with some required travel within the state to engage in donor cultivation and stewardship.



  • Build and manage an active portfolio of 125 donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward.
  • Develop solicitation goals, cultivation strategies, and stewardship plans in a way that donors are respected, retained, and inspired to increase their support.
  • Develop and implement engagement strategies including, but not limited to, telephone outreach, email/mail/social media outreach, personal visits, and small group activities.
  • Develop donor relationships that lead to major and transformational gifts ($5,000+) and planned giving donors from existing donors and new prospects. 
  • Draft, design, and manage compelling and personalized appeals to target and to advance key donor relationships.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key ACLU of Oregon staff, national ACLU staff, board members, and volunteers to advance donor relationships. Provide executive level support to senior staff in preparation for donor contact.
  • Work closely with other Development Team members to ensure that fund development activities align with the organizational programmatic goals.
  • Stay informed on current local affiliate and nationwide programmatic priorities and issues.
  • Identify and incorporate best practices from other organizations to improve performance.
  • Track and report on the project’s success.
  • Ensure that donor information is entered into the database in a manner that emphasizes the highest standards of data integrity.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.




  • At least three years of nonprofit development experience (or equivalent), with a growing confidence in ability to manage donor relationships and meet fundraising goals. Preference for candidates with two years direct experience in soliciting, closing, and stewarding gifts. Experience with a diverse donor pool is ideal.
  • A demonstrated interest in civil liberties and the ACLU’s mission.
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting equity and inclusion in the workplace and in all aspects of our work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to take information from various sources and distill it into core messages that are communicated to a variety of audiences.
  • Poised, optimistic, and diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills and a sense of humor. Demonstrates a good balance between persistence and patience.
  • Achievement-oriented, deadline-driven, and innovative, with a willingness take the initiative to work independently or to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • At ease in a fast-paced environment, with outstanding organizational skills and the ability to advance projects at various stages. Demonstrates strong follow-through and attention to detail.
  • Strong research and analytic skills, with a demonstrated ability to set long-term goals, to track progress, and to measure performance against fundraising goals.
  • Reflects sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor info.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience working in fundraising databases.
  • Flexibility to work non-traditional office hours, including the occasional night, weekend, and a willingness to travel within Oregon to meet donors.




Salary range is $56,000 to $66,000 depending on experience. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, nine (9) office holidays; medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members, and 401(k) plan with employer contribution and match, transportation subsidy, and direct exposure to cutting-edge civil rights work.



Application Procedure

To apply for this position, send a cover letter, a resume, three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and preferred telephone number), and a writing sample (of no more than 1,000 words in length) to  Please include your last name and Individual Gifts Officer in the subject line of the email.

No phone calls or snail mail please. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to people who apply before June 18, 2018. The position will remain open until filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website.

ACLU of Oregon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction. We also encourage qualified people with justice system involvement to apply.