Director, Philanthropy

In collaboration with the Vice President, Philanthropy, the Director, Philanthropy is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding a portfolio of high-potential prospective donors who have the capacity to give between $10M and $100M USD and who require strategic counsel and a high level of service and accountability. The position is also responsible for developing and strengthening long term relationships with key donors, prospects, and donor advisors. This position requires an individual who can strategically add value to the donor experience through aligned giving opportunities; prioritize and multi-task while maintaining a high level of client service; and identify and offer solutions to isolated as well as systemic problems.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for creating and implementing donor strategy to connect potential funders – either directly or through intermediaries such as investment or philanthropic advisors – to top proposals from competitions that are run by LFC.
  • Accountable for ensuring that the donor strategy connects funders to philanthropic opportunities that achieve positive social change, while simultaneously achieving the donor’s
  • Collaborates with the VP of Philanthropy on the LFC investor strategy.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of creative approaches to donor partner engagement and community building (for example- managing a donor learning series).
  • Lead efforts to excite and inspire a focus on philanthropic big bets for global problem solving.
  • Responsible for proactively and systemically developing and strengthening long-term relationships with an assigned portfolio of existing donors, prospects and wealth and philanthropic advisors.
  • Manages a portfolio of outreach, advisory and client relations activities with the end goal of cultivating donors with high potential to align with LFC’s mission.
  • Collaborates with other LFC staff to leverage opportunities, build awareness, develop value-added engagement and facilitate meaningful engagement for donors.
  • As appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure the effective and efficient operations of LFC and competitions that LFC runs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

  • This position is based in Chicago, Illinois, but will be remote until at least June 30, 2021.
  • The position requires the ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations and events outside the office.
  • Because LFC clients/partners are sometimes located in different geographies, this position requires the ability to sometimes speak with clients and/or others outside of regular office hours.
  • Work may require occasional weekends and/or an extended workday.
  • The work environment is an office setting. Intermittent physical activities will include bending, reaching, sitting, and walking during working hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with physical disabilities to perform the job.


  • 10-12 years of full-time experience working in donor relations, philanthropic advisory or similar setting
  • BA/BS degree required. Advanced degree preferred
  • Strong knowledge of development and grantmaking processes and the nonprofit/philanthropic sector
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills; superior and proven relationship management skills
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to secure confidence of top donors and prospects through long-term relationship building activities.
  • A presence that is self- confident and diplomatic with a collegial approach to work, and high professional standards
  • Technology competency, including database software familiarity, is required
  • Able to take initiative and work proactively
  • Trustworthy, respectful, and committed to excellence


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