The Human Rights Campaign is seeking two Major Gift Officers to represent the organization to LGBTQ communities and allies in New York and Los Angeles and contribute to a steadily growing revenue program.
The Human Rights Campaign Fund was one of the first gay and lesbian political action committees in the U.S. After quickly rising to prominence as the country’s 17th largest independent PAC, it expanded its reach far beyond political lobbying. In 1995, under Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, HRC built sophisticated research, communications, marketing, and public relations functions to become 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. Major donors giving gifts of at least $5K contribute about $9M of this annual revenue. The major donor pipeline is driven in part by the Federal Club, a society for donors making annual gifts of $1,200 to $4,999. Donors within the LGBTQ community also often play a significant role in identifying new potential donors to HRC, and members and allies of those communities in both the Greater New York and Greater Los Angeles areas represent an opportunity to increase volunteer engagement.
HRC has identified tremendous potential for growth in both regions and seeks Major Gifts Officers for the Greater New York and Los Angeles areas who will help increase regional giving at the $25K+ levels. Both MGOs will play an important role in significantly growing the engagement strategy for the Northeast and Southern California, while building and managing portfolios of regional major gift prospects, expanding the scope and scale of HRC’s philanthropic efforts, and helping formulate strategy and implementation of plans to achieve overall fundraising goals. The Major Gift Officers will be visible in their regional communities and will work at a significant number of evening events throughout the year.
- At least 5 years of experience in fundraising with an emphasis in major donor relations; experience soliciting political contributions for federal candidates and/or party committees is highly preferred.
- Record of securing 5-figure and larger gifts from individual donors.
- Ability to establish and maintain a sincere rapport with others, particularly with members of the LGBTQ community.
- Strong public speaking skills with the ability to represent HRC in various settings.
- Knowledge of philanthropic and LGBTQ communities in either NY or LA.
- Comfort working independently and as a member of a larger team.