Reason Foundation is seeking a Director of Donor Engagement who will oversee all aspects of our individual donor strategy, with a focus on major gifts. They will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major donors, as well as identifying new prospects. In addition, they will work with the development team to design and implement donor engagement strategies with lower level donors. He or she will also work closely with Reason Foundation’s president on his outreach activities.

Job Description

  • Work with the development team to develop strategies for donor engagement at all giving levels
  • Personally manage a portfolio of donors and prospects, with a focus on gifts at the $1000+ range. Activities include written communications, phone correspondence, and visits 
  • Develop visit and other outreach plans for Reason Foundation’s president
  • Assist other staff with their solicitations (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)
  • Create and manage systems and software (Salesforce) to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening tools (Wealth Engine)
  • Oversee Reason’s planned giving program and efforts to recruit the next generation of trustees and major givers
  • Track and report progress


  • The candidate will have at least 3 years of donor engagement experience and have shown an ability to secure major gifts and meet objectives 
  • Experience using a donor database (preferably Salesforce), prospect research and other wealth screening tools to aid in the moves management process
  • Exceptional relationship skills (both with donors and colleagues)
  • Strong written and verbal communication 
  • Alignment with Reason’s mission
  • This position will require developing a detailed knowledge of Reason’s historical and recent results and a deep understanding of the philosophical underpinnings behind our mission
  • Ability to travel 25-50% of the time

To be considered submit your application in one PDF to Hilary Hackleman and include:

  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position and Reason, and any relevant experience. 
  • Resume
  • Up to three references (name, email, and phone number)