Single mother, founder of the first community for religious women in the U.S., and saint. The shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, nestled in the beautiful landscape near the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, is seeking a Director of Major and Planned Giving (Major/Planned Gifts Director) to capitalize on a growing visitorship and expand a donor base of 46,000 people.
Mother Seton, as she is often called, was canonized on Sunday, September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI. She was the first citizen born in the United States to receive the title of saint. Some would say that Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is not a typical saint. She was married, a mother of five, later widowed—and born Protestant, not Catholic. But in that spirit of distinction she went on, despite hardship and loss, to found the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States. Only a year later, she began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, planting the seeds of Catholic education in the United States. The original buildings in which Elizabeth Seton and the Sisters of Charity lived and worked still stand on the grounds of Seton Shrine, which shares Elizabeth Ann Seton’s distinctive story to provide inspiration and encouragement to all.
Over the last several years, Seton Shrine has increased its annual visitorship by 50%, with 60,000 people visiting from far and near in fiscal year 2017. Under the leadership of Executive Director Rob Judge, the Shrine has adopted an ambitious plan to continue building visitorship and support over the next five years. The plan aims to increase giving levels from a donor base of nearly 46,000 and to more than triple the Shrine’s philanthropic revenue by 2022. The Shrine has begun to develop the tools needed to implement this plan and over the next 12 months is hiring multiple staff members to execute and refine it.
Seton Shrine is seeking a Major/Planned Gifts Director to build a program that initiates, fosters, and deepens the lifelong relationship between the Shrine and major and planned giving prospects and donors. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Major/Planned Gifts Director will collaborate closely with the Board of Directors and with development and finance staff to provide leadership for a growing fundraising program. A working manager, s/he will personally identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of current and future donors capable of giving $10K+ gifts, and will gradually increase major donor revenue from $1M to $1.9M by 2022.
The ideal Director will have:
- Minimum of 5 years in frontline fundraising or sales, with a proven record of securing investments between $10K and $200K Record of setting and meeting ambitious growth goals to expand an organization’s supporters and revenue.
- Understanding of the principles and best practices of individual donor pipeline development and portfolio management, including moves management processes.
- Complete comfort reaching out to unaffiliated contacts and establishing new relationships.
- Superior communication and interpersonal skills, including especially the ability to listen to both donors and program staff and to pursue gifts that follow the donor’s lead and advance a mission.
- Comfort working in a faith-based environment; experience with the Catholic Church is useful.
- Bachelor’s degree is required; CFRE or similar training is desirable but not required.