The ACLU of South Carolina (ACLU-SC) seeks a full-time position of Principal and Leadership Gifts Manager.

The ACLU-SC’s passionate community of donors and activists is stronger than ever.  The mission of the Principal and Leadership Gifts Manager is to help unlock the full potential of donors and the ACLU-SC as partners in the creation of a South Carolina that is just and equitable for all.  We pursue our mission by building long-term donor relationships and organizational partnerships, by demonstrating impact in response to threats, by engaging donors how they wish to engage, by taking interest in our donors and facilitating personal action, by being accountable stewards of their funds, and by asking donors to consider giving the ACLU-SC their full support.

The Principal and Leadership Gifts Manager works directly with the ACLU-SC’s Executive Director on soliciting, cultivating, and stewarding the organization’s very top donors and prospects capable of giving $10,000 or more annually.  


  • Oversee the Executive Director’s portfolio of donors and prospects​​​

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to craft strategy; draft personal emails, letters, proposals, reports, and other documents; produce briefings and call sheets; recommend and prioritize next moves; advance prospect identification, research, and outreach; and make recommendations for portfolio additions and removals

  • Secure meetings with donors and prospects, provide materials, keep detailed records, and direct development-related travel plans

  • With the Executive Director, craft, enhance, and implement the overall strategy for growing revenue for the ACLU-SC

  • Collaborate with ACLU-SC and national ACLU staff to create and implement donor strategies while maintaining their respect and support

  • Maintain timely working knowledge of ACLU-SC and ACLU national programmatic priorities and issues to inform donor communications

  • Document and manage donor data

  • Track donor metrics (e.g. number of contacts/month or year, fundraising goals, etc.)

  • Manage development-related events and donor-centric stewardship strategies and activities

  • Undertake special projects as assigned


  • Experience in major donor fundraising

  • Experience applying excellent writing skills with an ability to synthesize and communicate complex issues clearly and concisely, adapt writing styles for varied audiences, and positively influence and persuade

  • Ability to lead and manage a complex donor portfolio and multiple related projects, often under deadline pressure, with attention to detail and prioritization, and with sound judgement, diplomacy, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with the Executive Director and within the ACLU-SC team and across the nationwide organization

  • Creative thinker and problem-solver with the ability to lead and see projects through to completion and meet tight deadlines

  • Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information

  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU-SC

  • Commitment to diversity within the office using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance

  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Experience with evolving trends in charitable giving

  • Familiarity with fundraising databases

  • Experience working in or with complex national or international nonprofits

  • Experience with c4 fundraising


The ACLU-SC working daily in courts, South Carolina Legislature, and communities statewide to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. and South Carolina Constitutions. The ACLU-SC is a highly rewarding place to work for those interested in protecting our fundamental civil rights, including immigrants’ rights, racial justice, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and privacy. Founded in 1968, the ACLU of South Carolina is located in Charleston and has 8 full-time staff positions. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-SC and ACLU, please visit and


The mid-point for this position is $60,000. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not typically hire above the mid-point. Excellent benefits include generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave, 100% employer-paid medical and dental insurance, 401 (k) plan with an employer match, and life and long-term disability insurance.


Email a cover letter describing your interest in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, resume, and two samples of your writing for fundraising purposes – these could include informal emails to donors, written solicitations, case statements, grants, or other examples.

Email Information: | Please write “Principal and Leadership Gifts Manager” in the subject line.

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of South Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of South Carolina encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, involvement with the criminal legal system, or differently-abled status.

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