The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is currently finishing a successful five-year, $198-million campaign, the first of its kind in the church’s history. The campaign has allowed us to invest in infrastructure, build a major gifts program and strengthen our planned giving efforts. The new position of Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will build on this momentum to develop a comprehensive mid-level, major and planned giving strategy to strengthen the donor pipeline, increase donor engagement and prepare the churchwide organization for future fundraising initiatives.
Reporting to the Executive Director/CEO who leads both the Mission Advancement unit and the ELCA Foundation, the Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will oversee several key teams, with staff totaling 40 FTEs, and encompassing the areas of: campaign, major gifts, prospect development strategy, donor stewardship, Mission Support/benevolence and gift planning. This leader will partner with the Executive Director/CEO to develop and implement a multi-year and annual plan for ELCA development work; facilitate excellent, coordinated and consistent fundraising processes across the ELCA Foundation and Mission Advancement unit; and create a sustainable vision for growth in giving at the mid-, major- and planned giving levels. The Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will cultivate, solicit, and steward a small portfolio of transformational gift prospects.
Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search (Gaye@SignificantSolutionsInc.com; 651-490-9550).
The ELCA’s new Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will be an experienced advancement leader with ten-plus years of progressively-responsible fundraising leadership experience and demonstrated success in leading multi-million-dollar campaigns and giving initiatives in a complex, non-profit environment. This leader will build and lead a program grounded in industry best practices and knowledge of ELCA culture and giving trends; foster a culture of positivity, teamwork and mutual support; and motivate team members to provide the best possible donor experience and produce measurable and growing results.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or certification preferred, in business, leadership, non-profit management or related area. CFRE certification preferred
Minimum ten years’ progressively responsible experience in non-profit fundraising with successful personal history in major and transformative gifts and in planning, designing and executing successful campaign strategy
Extensive experience and passion for intentional team leadership and supervision; ability to craft a compelling vision to inspire a team’s best efforts and to motivate excellent performance through both metrics and coaching
Exceptional written and spoken communication skills
Outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence required to relate effectively with diverse constituents and with organizational leadership, board members and top prospective donors
Knowledge of constituent relationship management software and appreciation for its potential in donor strategy; experience with use of development staff metrics
Ability to promote and support a collaborative work environment across multiple teams with varying constituencies; commitment to diversity and the desire to recruit, retain, and build a diverse Development Team
Ability to articulate and integrate the ELCA’s mission and values into the work of the Development Team
Experience in planning and managing a fundraising budget
Must be willing and able to travel by air and automobile; about 20% of the time.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
The ELCA is one church with three expressions – a churchwide organization in Chicago, 65 synods throughout the country, and a network of 9,300 congregations. The three interdependent parts work together to form the ELCA. In addition, the ELCA works with a number of partner institutions including 285 social ministry organizations and other entities that address human needs, 26 colleges and universities, 7 seminaries, theological education by extension, and a variety of outdoor ministries, retreat centers, schools and early childhood education centers.