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Individual Giving Fundraiser (3-6 yrs. development experience)

Children's Law Center
District of Columbia, United States
$48,800.00 - $61,000.00
Closing date
Jun 25, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Membership, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events
Advocacy, Education, Health, Legal Services, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Who We Are

At Children's Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing - delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.

Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children's Law Center's mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

Children's Law Center's success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.

Job Summary

The Individual Gifts Specialist helps to lead our individual giving, managing our Kite Club (individuals who give $1,500+) and our lower-dollar donors to develop a pipeline of future donors and prospects that supports continued growth into 2023 and beyond. The Individual Gifts Specialist reports to the Director of Corporate and Individual Philanthropy. All Children’s Law Center staff are expected to participate in organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities.

Job Responsibilities 

The Individual Gifts Specialist is responsible for guiding and expanding our Kite Club (leadership annual giving) to at least 300 members by the end of 2022 through strategic cultivation, stewardship and orchestrated solicitations.  Key responsibilities include:

Kite Club

  • Leading the development of strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit new Kite Club members and to steward and increase the support of current Kite Club members.
  • Maintaining a portfolio of donors and prospects for solicitation (primarily individuals, but some family foundations and corporate supporters are also likely).
  • Identifying, developing and drafting materials to support Kite Club solicitations.
  • Helping to guide event strategies and assist with event logistics to cultivate relationships.
  • Coordinate volunteers’ prospect portfolios and actively support their cultivation and solicitation moves.

Lower-Dollar Donors

  • Leading the development of strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit new lower-dollar donors and to steward and increase the support of current donors.
  • Developing and leading the process to qualify lower-dollar donors as Kite Club prospects.
  • Expanding our Peer-to-Peer solicitation program. 

Helping Children Soar Benefit

  • Serving as liaison with select host committee members and coordinating solicitations with the development team.
  • Providing strategic input into the development of Benefit solicitation materials.
  • Writing and copy-editing event materials.

 Direct Mail

  • Authoring appeal letters, including year-end and Kite Club outreach, and assisting with the management of our annual direct mail plan.
  • Planning, managing and drafting stewardship mailings, including our Kite Club updates.
  • Working collaboratively with the development and communications teams to produce appeals and mailings.


  • Previous fundraising experience required soliciting gifts from individuals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Excellent professional judgment and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Strong project and volunteer management skills.
  • Ability to manage up to support senior staff in executing key strategies. 
  • Proficient at managing multiple assignments through clear and direct communication.
  • Adept at working independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work efficiently and problem-solve.
  • Strong capability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 or 2016, especially Word and Excel.
  • Willingness and availability to work nights and weekends, as necessary, for events and time-sensitive projects.
  • Prior experience working in a nonprofit setting preferred.
  • Prior CRM database experience—with DonorPerfect would be a plus.

Required Skills and Experience 

  • 3-6 years prior experience with fundraising and individual solicitation.
Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position ranges from $48,800- $61,000 annually for applicants with 3-6 years’ relevant experience plus a sign-on bonus.  Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.   For more information, go to   

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as one PDF file via CLC's careers page (  

Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.

Hybrid Working Conditions

Children's Law Center is currently operating on a hybrid work schedule.  All employees are expected spend time both working remotely and working in-person from Children's Law Center's office.  Hybrid working expectations vary depending upon role and program responsibilities.

Vaccine Mandate

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has required that government employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine and all eligible booster shots or be granted medical or religious exemption from the mandate.  Due to some of our grant funding and partnerships, Children’s Law Center must follow this mandate. Prior to beginning employment at Children's Law Center, all new employees must be fully vaccinated, including all eligible booster shots, and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment unless the candidate applies and is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a medical condition or a religious belief.

Background Checks

Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be subject to a background check.


Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees.   We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our company and our career opportunities (

DEI Statement

Children’s Law Center is dedicated to building a world that is inclusive in approach and has equal opportunities and equitable outcomes for all. Our organization is committed to developing and supporting a robustly diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community, where all members can create and feel a sense of belonging. Through our collective deliberate efforts, we work toward racial and social justice for children and families in DC.

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