Website Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Pay Range: $110,000 – $120,000

Reporting Relationship

The Director of Gift Planning works directly under the Vice President of Philanthropic Strategies. While there are no direct reports, the director will work collaboratively with the entire philanthropic partnerships team and across the organization.

Job Description

The Director of Gift Planning should be a champion of planned giving and is responsible for managing an assigned portfolio of GCF constituents in gift planning cultivation and stewardship; stewarding existing donors and cultivating prospective donors for legacy gifts, multi-generational charitable funds, and planning for complex charitable gifts, while maintaining strong relationships with professional advisors.

This position leads all aspects of the gift planning process for GCF, including developing the strategy and implementation for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for GCF prospects and donors, including engagement with the estate planning and tax advising community. This position also provides educational opportunities to GCF staff and external constituents regarding deferred gifts and changes in tax laws, and delivers high-quality services to assigned donors to achieve high donor satisfaction.

Key Responsibilities:

Gift Planning

  • Serves as GCF’s principal liaison with prospective Foundation Society members (GCF’s Legacy Giving Society), and works with professional advisors who are doing estate planning, with the ultimate goal of developing referrals and obtaining planned gifts from GCF’s current and prospective donors.
  • Oversees the development of a planned giving stewardship program for Foundation Society members in partnership with donor relations and the executive leadership team of the Foundation.
  • Manages a portfolio of donors and prospects, developing and executing on strategies to bring them closer to the Foundation’s mission with the goal of stewarding donors and creating legacy commitments.
  • Develops relationships with assigned donors and prospects through cultivation calls, virtual meetings, letters and handwritten notes, with an emphasis on successful face-to-face meetings.
  • Implements an annual plan for the cultivation and education of estate planning professionals, which includes representing GCF at advisor and prospect events, conducting individual and group meetings, offering educational presentations, and publishing digital and print-based marketing materials to increase referrals.
  • Meets regularly with team members to review activities with donors, prospects and professional advisors in their portfolio to determine strategies for engaging them in conversations related to estate planning, long-term charitable tax planning, and multi-generational charitable planning.
  • Along with team members, coordinates and provides assistance in the design of strategies for cultivating and soliciting donors in coordination with senior staff, leadership and volunteers.
  • Mentors colleagues in planned giving conversations.
  • Champions family engagement initiatives, and collaborates across philanthropy team to facilitate meaningful engagement experiences.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Delivers educational presentations and engages in 1:1 conversation to promote charitable giving and the benefits of the Foundation to staff, the Board, Foundation Society members, current and prospective donors, and professional advisors.
  • Works creatively with current and prospective donors and their advisors to create charitable gifts that meet each donor’s financial, estate planning and charitable goals.
  • Provides oversight to the planned giving process, in concert with the Vice President of Philanthropic Strategies, which includes reviewing all planned giving policies, practices and procedures to ensure legal compliance and internal efficiencies, securing fund documentation and/or written gift confirmations from new, current and planned gift donors, broadly providing guidance for  the estate administration of deferred gifts as they mature, and from time to time reviewing new gift agreements before they are signed to ensure legal compliance and GCF’s ability to fulfill donor intentions.
  • Prepares and submits statistics, reports and budget information to the Vice President of Philanthropic strategies as requested including oversight of the planned giving pipeline.
  • Works with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Vice President of Philanthropic Strategies, as part of a team of fundraisers for GCF, including joint strategy and the broader philanthropic partnerships team in sessions and other matters important for an effective development effort.
  • Work collaboratively with Philanthropic Partnerships colleagues on projects such as supporting philanthropic advisors in gift solicitations, donor recognition, donor stewardship, legacy gift marketing and special events.
  • Works with Finance to properly accept and administer complex gifts, including but not limited to life insurance policies, real estate, privately held securities and other assets.
  • Responsible for training the GCF team on planned giving strategies and procedures.
  • Participates in continuing education to maintain current knowledge on changes in tax laws and other emerging issues in the planned giving field. Analyzes key trends in the legacy and gift planning industry to implement a comprehensive planned giving program.

General Responsibilities

  • Enters notes into GCF’s database in a timely fashion after substantive contact with donors, prospects and professional advisors.
  • Participates in estate planning councils and other advisor organizations to cultivate relationships with professional advisors and increase estate planning knowledge.
  • Remains abreast of the most current trends by attending educational events, seeking networking opportunities with peers and adopting best practices as they are identified.
  • Promotes GCF through attendance at community events.
  • Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.

Other Duties

  • Assists in the creation of annual goals and objectives for the Philanthropic Strategies department, which includes carrying out development activities as identified in the team’s annual goals.
  • Provides staff, Board members and donors with planned giving consultation as it relates to Foundation activity.
  • Performs other duties (or functions) as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out the job duties and responsibilities in a satisfactory manner.  The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, such as finance, accounting, marketing or law; a Graduate degree or special certification (e.g. JD, CTFA, CPA, CFP, CAP CFRE) strongly preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in estate or financial planning, charitable fund development, cultivation of professional advisors, donors or institutional advancement, corporate philanthropy or philanthropic advising required.
  • Experience in the cultivation and securing of major and planned gifts or experience working with high net worth clients in an advisory or sales environment required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to support the mission, vision and values of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and abide by applicable standards of conduct, policies and procedures.
  • Desire to help individuals and families create an impactful charitable plan that fulfills their desire to create a meaningful legacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in planned giving, estate planning, tax laws, professional advising and charitable giving.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and processes related to charitable giving
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong and meaningful relationships with donors/clients.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills – capable of working effectively with senior management, leadership volunteers, staff members, consultants and donors/prospects.
  • Strong project management competencies including organizational and problem-solving skills, strong skills in time management and attention to detail.
  • Energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with a sense of humor, able to multi-task and work independently and cross-functionally.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively in a collaborative environment and build successful fundraising strategies for growth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing and articulate a compelling case for support.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint specifically), web- based applications (i.e. Zoom) and Salesforce.
  • Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
  • Must be organized and able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

GCF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invite all eligible candidates to apply.

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