National Director of Individual Giving

Reports to: Associate Vice President of Individual Giving
Position Status: Full-Time, Exempt​​​​​​​
Location: Office-based or telecommute


The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson's community.

The National Director of Individual Giving is a self-motivated professional who under the guidance of the Associate Vice President of Individual Giving oversees the Individual Giving (Gifts <$10K), Direct Response, and Prospect Research and Development programs.

It is essential that the National Director of Individual Giving demonstrates and upholds the Foundation’s values of collaboration, dedication, excellence, integrity, positivity, responsiveness, and teamwork.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead the Foundation’s mid-level giving efforts, setting strategy, and executing fundraising plans to increase overall giving from donors in the $1k-$10k range.

  • Develop, manage, and maintain a portfolio of mid-level donors to increase philanthropic support from individuals.

  • Participate in the Foundation’s efforts to increase mid-level giving through researching, testing, implementing, and analyzing new fundraising methodology.

  • Develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow mid-level giving revenue, working collaboratively with other teams within the Advancement department to meet annual fundraising goals.

  • Provide coaching and support portfolio holders to ensure frontline fundraising staff has the tools and resources needed to collaboratively meet Foundations goals.

  • Oversee the Foundation’s Direct Response program, partnering with the agency and Communications department on individual fundraising efforts. This includes mail and digital marketing streams for segments such as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Giving Tuesday and Year-end, first-time donors, monthly sustainers, tribute donations, and non-cash asset ways to give.

  • Grow the Foundation’s data-driven approach to portfolio management that maximizes prospect research and donor analytics to optimize fundraiser portfolios and strengthen both the mid-level and major giving pipelines.

  • Promote a collegial atmosphere within the fundraising department, and organization-wide, working cooperatively with all fundraising staff to help them and the department attain its overall financial and advancement goals.

  • Monitor revenue and expenses related to Individual Giving and Direct Mail budgets and prepare regular reports on all appeal activities.

  • Supervise Director of Individual Giving East & West and Prospect Development Coordinator

Experience/Skills Required

  • Bachelor's degree required, or equivalent in business or related field. Master’s degree and/or Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation a plus.

  • 5+ years of previous and successful experience in fundraising and donor development for non-profit organizations.

  • Experience supervising fund development team staff.

  • Excellent written communication skills, strong grammar skills, in English.

  • Demonstrated successful experience and ability to plan and personally implement fundraising efforts with progressive increases in revenue responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated results-oriented implementation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including negotiating, coaching, consulting, and influencing others.

  • Refined problem-solving and analytical skills; the ability to establish and adjust current and emerging priorities; the ability to effectively negotiate multiple complex activities.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

  • Demonstrates the organizational values of excellence, teamwork, collaboration, integrity, positivity, dedication, and responsiveness.


Compensation for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate the job title in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture and in our work on behalf of people with Parkinson's disease.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to any legally required accommodations.

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