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Major Gifts & Planned Giving Director

Sioux Falls, SD

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$61,000 to $70,000 per year

Published on 17 Sep 2021

Expires on 15 Oct 2021

Major Gifts & Planned Giving Director


This fundraising position is part of our annual campaign. This position will develop, implement and manage systems and resources to ensure continuous cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship of all Alexis de Tocqueville members and prospects.

Annual Gifts:

  • Develop support and maintain relationships with major gifts donors, prospects and volunteers. Volunteers make most annual requests for gifts from members and prospects.
  • Provide liaison between major donors, President, the United Way and its programs/agencies. Understand how gifts to United Way change lives through our partner agencies.
  • Develop the systems for the identification, research, solicitation and recognition of individual major donors and prospects. Personally visit with a large portfolio of members at least annually.
  • Supervise major gifts donor database system to support donor research, donor tracking and gift fulfillment.
  • Plan and implement two events annually for the Alexis de Tocqueville Society membership.

Planned Gifts:

  • Provide staff leadership to volunteers that provide oversight to United Way’s planned giving efforts.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategic and marketing plans for United Ways planned giving program.
  • Track, report, and achieve planned giving goals and objectives.
  • In partnership with planned giving volunteers, conduct a planned giving effort to:
    • Identify and assign planned giving prospects to the appropriate volunteers.
    • Guarantee all calls are made in a timely fashion.
    • Obtain planned giving commitments for the Legacy Heart Club members.
    • Send annual personal notes of appreciation.


Energy and enthusiasm, drive, passion for our mission and the ability to articulate it, relationship builder, reliable, flexible, outgoing, detail-oriented, organized, demonstrates philanthropic leadership, enjoys creating relationships with a variety business and community leaders, proven decision making and judgement skills, involved in the community and can manage various projects at one time. Professional or volunteer fundraising experience a plus. 


Bachelors in business, management, marketing or nonprofit/social sciences or equivalent education and experience. 


Jay Powell, President, Sioux Empire United Way, 1000 N. West Ave, #120, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104 or email to:


Sioux Empire United Way's mission is to lead, sustain and nurture a unified, effective response to community needs. Sioux Empire United Way...

  • Is a community impact organization with a mission to improve lives.
  • Is the most efficient investment you can make. More than 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly toward local programs and services, one of the lowest administrative costs among all United Ways raising more than $1 million.
  • Serves an estimated 1 out of every 3 individuals each year in our community through over 80 different programs.
  • Contributions stay local, benefiting 33 communities in the four county area of Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner.
  • One of the highest rankings in the nation in per capita giving, thanks to contributions from 23,000 individuals and 700 businesses.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value, champion, and embrace diversity as an integral part of our business. We will strive to ensure that volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the Sioux Empire.