The Human Rights Campaign is seeking a Director of Estate Planning to honor the legacy of donors who have spent decades laying the groundwork for remarkable progress toward LGBTQ equality.
The Human Rights Campaign Fund was founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as one of the first gay and lesbian political action committees in the U.S. The Fund’s original mission was to provide financial support to political candidates who supported gay civil rights legislation. It quickly rose to prominence—after its first election cycle in 1982, it was the country’s 17th largest independent PAC. In 1995, under Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, the organization expanded its reach far beyond political lobbying, building sophisticated research, communications, marketing, and public relations functions. The transformation paved the way for HRC to become what it is today: the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans, with 3 million members and supporters nationwide. While HRC has won significant legal protections for LGBTQ citizens, its goal is to achieve a world in which LGBTQ people are free not just under the law but in their daily lives—at home, at work, and in every community.
HRC has a comprehensive revenue program that generates more than $56M, with $40M from private contributions. Its planned giving program has about 1,500 donors and a robust pipeline of several thousand more across the country. Those who make a planned gift to HRC have often spent decades living in a system of second-class legal citizenship while laying the groundwork for the remarkable progress toward LGBTQ equality that has been achieved in the U.S. today. The planned giving staff honors their legacy by working closely with them to preserve HRC’s ability to protect their victories and to confront evolving challenges. A robust direct marketing effort supports the frontline planned giving fundraising staff, who work with estate attorneys on bequests that can sometimes require navigating the complexities of tax law and of family dynamics at the same time.
The Director of Estate Planning will collaborate to help grow and expand HRC’s robust planned giving program. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director is responsible for strategy, administration, and overall management of the program, including the program’s overall direction, the establishment of short- and long-term goals, and key initiatives. The Director also participates actively in fundraising, with responsibility for developing prospect lists, managing donor cultivation, and properly stewarding existing donors. The Director supervises one staff member and works regularly with the major gifts team, the stewardship manager, and members of HRC’s senior leadership team.