World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the
world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior
Development Officer, Gift Planning.
The Development Officer works with
donors and prospects within an assigned region to cultivate,
qualify and close gifts to WWF in wills, trusts, or other estate
planning vehicles, including life income gifts. This position is
also responsible for ongoing stewardship of these donors through
continued outreach including letters, emails, calls, and in-person
visits. The Development Officer acts as gift planning resource for
other regional fundraising staff, collaborating to close gifts and
steward donors, and working towards WWF fundraising goals.
Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with gift planning
donors and prospects within assigned region. Conducts visits and
other outreach to Legacy Circle members and gift planning prospects
to enhance commitment to WWF, screens for major gift potential, and
helps generate repeat gifts. Responds to inquiries or leads
generated and follows up with appropriate cultivation, to qualify
and close gifts. Identifies additional giving opportunities and
implements approved projects for increasing and cultivating
prospects and donors. Develops a portfolio of current and
prospective donors for cultivation and follow up, looking to
increase their interest and commitment to WWF, and educating them
on giving opportunities. Prepares a variety of life income gift
proposals for donors and their advisors and follows up via
telephone, correspondence, or visits as needed. Works
collaboratively with regional philanthropy team to provide gift
planning expertise to increase bequest commitments, increase
inquiries about complex and blended gifts, and close gifts.
Provides the Senior Director and team with information and insights
gleaned from extensive donor contacts in order to help refine
marketing materials and team procedures. Keeps abreast of both WWF
program developments and the laws regarding charitable giving to
share with donors, as appropriate. Performs other duties as
- A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 6 years' professional
experience (or an advanced degree with a minimum 3 years'
experience); demonstrated experience in fundraising/development and
gift planning required.
- Relevant professional credential or planned giving
certification preferred (e.g. CPA, JD, CFP, CAP, CGPA,
- Experience with planned gift vehicles and assets, and
comfort with financial concepts.
- Able to communicate confidently, accurately, and clearly the
financial and charitable components of planned gifts with prospects
and their advisors.
- Able to prioritize and complete work with minimal
supervision, and to meet deadlines.
- Experience working with older persons and the special skills
and interest necessary to do so sensitively, patiently and
- Ability and willingness to travel for WWF events and donor
visits (approximately once a month)
- Excellent listening, writing and verbal communication
- Attention to detail and follow-through on prospect
- Able to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word; familiar with Excel.
- Experience with planned gift calculation software (PG Calc,
Crescendo, for example) required.
- Committed to building and strengthening a culture of
inclusion within and across teams.
- Identifies and aligns with WWF's core values: Courage,
Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
- Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is
difficult, or unpopular.
- Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity,
owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
- Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and
embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness,
curiosity, and encouragement.
- Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices,
behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and
healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully
vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for
accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability,
medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any
other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
Submit cover letter and resume through
our Careers Page, Requisition
Due to the high volume of applications
we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will
not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status,
genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values
diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to