Manager, Donor Relations

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations which promotes and protects civil and human rights in America.  The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.  To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the US.  Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US.  To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit

About the Role:

The Manager, Donor Relations will report to the VP, Development and collaborate with the Managing Director of Development to develop and execute a mid-level gift program for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (c3) and The Leadership Conference Education Fund (c4).

The Manager will help grow a strong portfolio of individual donors capable of giving mid-level gifts ($1,000 to $24,999), to support the organizations’ operations and programmatic objectives. In collaboration with the VP, Development, with input from the Managing Director of Development, the Manager will develop and execute strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors while maintaining relationships with an established portfolio of mid-level donors. This work will focus heavily in the first year on developing and implementing a coordinated communications strategy to more effectively steward, cultivate, and upgrade donors, keeping them engaged with timely issues and work related to the organization.

Additionally, this position will play a key role in supporting the VP of Development on her work with major and principal donors ($25K+) through research, briefings, funder material and correspondence, and MOVES management tracking. 

What You Will Do:

Donor Relations

  • Build authentic, meaningful relationships between donors and the organization to serve both the donor’s philanthropic goals and the organizations’ missions.
  • Manage a portfolio of 100+ mid-level donors.
  • Work closely with programmatic staff to build and cultivate opportunities to generate support for program and policy impact and advocacy.
  • Help develop and lead implementation of a comprehensive, year-round donor communications and engagement strategy.
  • Develop and implement personalized cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for higher level donors in the portfolio with focus on donor retention, upgraded gifts, and multi-year commitments, as appropriate.
  • Plan, execute and/or support cultivation and stewardship events (in-person and virtual) for donors and prospective donors, as appropriate.
  • Draft and/or edit correspondence and fundraising material, including funding proposals, impact reports, briefing memos, talking points, letters, and emails.

Team Collaboration

  • Provide regular support to the VP, Development who also manages a major gift portfolio, including research, briefings, proposals, reports.
  • Collaborate with Managing Director to ensure that work is integrated across the team.
  • Collaborate with operations lead to build out systems for tracking prospective funder portfolio and MOVES Management systems.
  • Build relationships with programmatic staff to develop knowledge of the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Help develop and maintain systems for MOVES Management and pipeline building including in CRM.
  • Manage special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

What You Will Bring:

  • Four or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Proficiency in utilizing a CRM (e.g., Raiser’s Edge) and Microsoft applications.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of donors/donor relations and communications.
  • Excellent relationship building, writing, attention to detail, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent in education and experience.

What We Offer:

The Organizations offer its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, and generous personal leave and vacation time.  Employees can also take advantage of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and a retirement savings account.

Salary Range – $76,220 – $92,854.50.  Please note this salary is not inclusive of the annual salary adjustment.

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter.

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

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