For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s reducing the prison and jail population, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ community, reducing immigration detention, or ending unjust  laws that strip people of their fundamental right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals  from government  abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly to defend our rights in the courts, influence public policy and empower communities  to advance rights for all. The ACLU of Michigan,  founded in 1959, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights in Michigan.  We are a passionate, highly motivated group of 40 lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists,  community  organizers, communicators and fundraisers,  and we’re looking for exceptional   talent to join our team.

The ACLU is deeply committed to racial equity and social justice and is driven to act on these core values. Applicants  must be able to recognize ways our identities  intersect and play out in the work, especially with communities  we serve, and must demonstrate  the cultural competency to work with a diverse team as well as with historically  marginalized  communities.

We are looking for a dedicated fundraiser to join our Development  team which is charged with raising $5M annually through individual  major gifts and foundation grants while growing our major gift pipeline and deepening donor investment.  In the Development  department  we pursue  our mission by building  long-term donor relationships  and organizational partnerships,  demonstrating  impact in response to threats, engaging donors how they wish to engage, taking interest in our donors and facilitating personal action, being accountable stewards of their funds, and by asking donors to consider giving the ACLU-MI their full support.


Leveraging a new national ACLU giving circle, this giving officer will qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors giving between $5,000 - $25,000 annually. The goal is to build, cultivate, solicit, and steward a mid- major gift portfolio of approximately  75 donors by the end of the first year.  The ideal candidate is someone who’s relentless  in building  a pipeline  of qualified major donors and excels in serving donors through meaningful  giving experiences.

This position will be based initially in the Detroit office with most donor contact taking place in the Metro Detroit area, Ann Arbor, and West Michigan.   Occasional travel to Lansing, Traverse City, and other areas of the state is possible.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is understood  that face-to-face meetings with donors and colleagues will be replaced by phone contact and video meetings from the donor relations officer’s home facilitated with ACLU-MI operations support.  The ACLU provides equipment  for remote work.


  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 20 existing donors, creating comprehensive  cultivation and solicitation strategies, including  financial goals, for each individual  and executing those strategies so that donors are retained and
  • Qualify a portfolio of 500 donors for major gifts of $5,000 +.
  • Secure gifts through a process of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding donors a nd
  • Manage the ACLU of Michigan’s Impact Society primarily through  annual intimate donor experiences in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand


  • Proven experience getting face-to-face meetings with individual donors and building  long-term relationships  that result in strong retention and increases in
  • Minimum three years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising preferred, with a proven track record of soliciting, closing, and stewarding  gifts, or comparable
  • Demonstrated experience in moving donors through a pipeline  by use of individualized  
  • 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
  • Demonstrated commitment  to and passion for civil rights / social
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;  a personal approach that values the individual  and respects differences of race, color, religion, sexual orientation,  gender identity  or expression,  age, national origin, marital status, disability,  veteran status, and record of arrest or
  • Experience fundraising with communities  of color and other historically marginalized  groups a


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including  active listening  and interviewing  
  • Passion for helping the donor achieve their philanthropic
  • Candidates should be highly disciplined, well organized, and self-motivated.


The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $92,500 per year, depending  upon experience.  Excellent benefits including  health insurance,  a 401(k)  plan with matching contributions,  and an employee assistance program.


Email a cover letter that:  1) Describes your interest in this position; and, 2) The ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, and 3) How you learned of this position;  along with a 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.

Application  emails should be sent to   Please include “Donor Relations Officer Job” and your name in the subject line of the email.  Application review will begin on May 25.  The position          will remain open until filled.  Interviews will be conducted by phone and videoconference until such time that the State of Michigan determines  that regular business  may resume and/or the ACLU returns  from remote work.

Accommodations will happily be made to adjust to restricted internet, computer or technology access.  Likewise, interview logistics can be adjusted to suit candidates’ time constraints during the pandemic.

The ACLU of Michigan is an equal opportunity  employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified  individuals  without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, and   record of arrest or conviction. ACLU of Michigan comprises two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of Michigan and the ACLU of Fund of Michigan. The ACLU of Michigan and the ACLU Fund of Michigan share the same mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under  the name “ACLU   of Michigan”.

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