Planned Giving Director (AAUW)

Washington, DC

Many of AAUW’s 170,000 members have spent their lives at the forefront of the 20th century’s greatest fights for gender equity. They are committed to cementing the legacy they have created for a new generation of women and to preserving AAUW’s ability to confront evolving public policy challenges to complete economic, social, and political equity for women.


AAUW is seeking a Senior Manager of Planned Giving to work closely with these members and other prospective donors in order to sustain their legacy through a comprehensive array of planned gifts that underwrite AAUW’s future.

Founded in 1881 to help women gain access to a college education, AAUW has grown into a powerful grassroots network with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and more than 800 college and university partners. Across this broad and lively network, AAUW conducts award-winning research on the most critical gender equity challenges; conducts thousands of Congressional visits to advocate for the Violence Against Women Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and other significant national policies; pioneers programs that help women break entrenched barriers to STEM career paths and to equal pay in any career; and provides nearly $4M in funding for graduate education for women each year.

The Senior Manager of Planned Giving will join a $7M development department that includes membership and annual giving, major and planned giving, and corporate development. Reporting to the Vice President of Major and Planned Giving, s/he will lead and coordinate organization-wide efforts to expand the base of donors making a comprehensive range of planned gifts to AAUW, including charitable gift annuities, life insurance, bequests, and more. A donor-centered fundraiser, s/he will be able to work easily with donors at all levels and of all backgrounds in a non-partisan gender equity organization while also coordinating expertly with allied professionals, such as estate planning attorneys and financial planners.

The ideal Senior Manager of Planned Giving will have:

  • 5 years of experience in a successful fundraising role in a national non-profit organization; experience in a membership organization is preferred.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of planned giving, including donor cultivation, giving vehicles, and legal requirements for an organization operating in 50 states.
  • Track record of developing creative proposals that align donor interests with organizational priorities and of securing 5- and 6-figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a customer service approach to donor cultivation.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with high-level volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to take the initiative; to see projects through from end to end; and to meticulously organize, document, and track progress.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; law degree is useful.