The ACLU of the District of Columbia is the Washington, DC affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a national nonprofit organization devoted to the protection of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1961, the ACLU-DC one of the District’s premier public advocacy organizations, focusing on issues that arise within the District of Columbia in areas such as criminal law reform, racial justice, freedom of speech and religion, LGBT rights, gender equality, the rights of federal workers, and prisoner’s rights. We advance civil liberties through litigation, legislation and public education.
The ACLU of the District of Columbia’s Development Officer expands affiliate’s fundraising capacity through direct engagement with donors. They will maintain a portfolio of donors and prospects as well as provide research support for the Executive Director and Director of Philanthropy. The Development Officer also manages planning and execution of in-person events that steward existing contributors and encourage renewed support, and provides essential support to the Director of Philanthropy as needed.
Direct Donor Engagement
Cultivate, solicit, and steward a partial portfolio of donors between $1,000 and $10,000
through personalized engagement.
Solicit planned gifts as part of comprehensive donor strategy.
Coordinate with Director of Philanthropy and National ACLU colleagues on solicitation
Oversee planning and execution of 2-3 stewardship and cultivation events per year and one
ticketed annual event.
Arrange for invitations, food, event space, and other logistics of the event.
Engage in superior customer service to current and potential donors, supporters and
Utilize database to identify potential prospects
Uphold integrity of information in database and ensure data is entered consistently and
Provide research profiles for Executive Director as needed.
Pull lists for targeted mail, invitations, and other initiatives as requested.
Other tasks in support of development department may be assigned.
A personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity,
age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able
to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
Understanding of and passion for the ACLU mission.
Comfort with direct engagement of donors, including solicitation.
Impeccable organizing skills and attention to detail.
Excellent computer and internet skills including MS Office.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Ability to work occasional weekends, evenings, and overtime, as needed for development
events and duties.
Essential Skills and Abilities
Experience with fund and membership development programs and donor-centered
Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines on concurrent projects in a fast-paced,
occasionally stressful environment.
Ability to adhere to deadlines, problem solve, and work creatively and independently.
Ability to deal with a diverse group of people in a variety of settings.
Desirable Attributes and Experience
Experience or educational background in database management.
Experience with event or project management.
Experience with Salesforce.
Keen eye for design, layout and presentation.
Knowledge of DC’s social justice issues.
About American Civil Liberties Union of DC
"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy."
- Roger Baldwin, ACLU Founder
With half a million members and supporters, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nationwide non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization devoted to ensuring free speech, equal rights, and other civil liberties. The ACLU of the District of Columbia (ACLU-DC), with more than 20,000 local members, fights to protect and expand civil liberties and civil rights for people who live, work, and visit D.C., and in matters involving federal employees and agencies. Those who join us also become members of the National ACLU.
Originally, we were the ACLU of the National Capital Area. Founded in 1961, we covered much of northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs. By 1973, the ACLU of Virginia was able to take over the ACLU’s mission for all of Virginia, and in 2009, the ACLU of Maryland assumed jurisdiction over Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. In January 2017, we officially changed our name to the ACLU of the District of Columbia.
ACLU-DC pursues its mission through legal action, legislative advocacy, and public educatio...n. In addition to representing clients in court, sometimes we work with government agencies to defend liberty without litigation. We also testify and lobby before the D.C. Council, and we educate the public through Know Your Rights trainings and materials, appearances on radio and television, social media activity, and meetings with community groups.
Over the years, ACLU-DC has litigated several important U.S. Supreme Court cases, including the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia, striking down laws prohibiting mixed-race marriages after Attorney General Robert Kennedy referred Mildred and Richard Loving to the ACLU.