Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Gettysburg Foundation has recently blended its previously separate Membership and Development operations into a combined unit of Philanthropy, with the goal of creating seamless outreach to donors. The philanthropic approach will be less project-centered; greater emphasis will be placed on the mission of making Gettysburg a focal point for national conversations about conflict and conciliation in democracy, in cooperation with our colleagues in the National Park Service.
We are seeking a development professional eager to be part of this effort. They will be responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and securing major philanthropic gifts on behalf of the Gettysburg Foundation. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to build long-term relationships with friends and supporters, showing a willingness to close on major gifts. We welcome applications from both entry-level and more experienced fundraising professionals.
Identifies potential donors through the Foundation’s database or research in other databases, and solicits gifts through personal contact.
Maintains responsibility for a portfolio of potential donors, adhering to the highest ethical standards as enunciated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Maintains steady contact with the portfolio of donors, showing a sense of perseverance, sensitivity, and timing.
Accurately reports donor activity in the newly acquired Tessitura database.
Produces monthly progress reports as required by management to demonstrate performance
Ability to travel independently, and willingness to work on some evenings and weekends.
Excellent written and verbal skills, including interpersonal communication.
Familiarity with donor databases such as Raiser’s Edge or Tessitura.
Experience with non-profit organizations.
A broad understanding of American history, the Civil War, and/or the Gettysburg Battle.
The Gettysburg Foundation’s mission, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks. The Foundation focuses its work primarily on the battle of Gettysburg and its context in the American Civil War, as well as President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Assistan...ce is also given to occasionally support the Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s residence in the Gettysburg community.
The Foundation’s innovative non-profit partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) has been called a model for the entire NPS, combining the academic legacy, interpretive expertise, and preservation resources of the NPS with the valuable public outreach capabilities, and private financial support of the Gettysburg Foundation. Today, the Foundation has nearly 20,000 members, or “friends” around the country and the world.
Each year, more than a million people visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, including more than 100,000 school children who come from all over the country. The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is one of the only privately owned and privately funded Visitor Centers in the national park system.