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Director of Philanthropy

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Director of Philanthropy to lead our philanthropy team in Durham, NC. The Director of Philanthropy will be chiefly responsible for coordinating and executing efforts to cultivate relationships and solicit support from foundation, corporate, and individual funders. The Director will work closely with the leadership team, Board members, and other development staff- to set the strategic direction for fundraising activities, carry out this strategy, and raise in excess of $6-7 million annually.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Lead the establishment and implementation of development plans including foundation giving, major individual gifts, endowment growth, and corporate giving (including research, identification, solicitations, cultivations and proposal development).
  • Identify potential funders and increase the number of foundation and individual donors.
  • Track solicitations, anticipated gifts, pledges, and income, and provide regular revenue and cash flow updates on projections versus actual revenues and expenses. Coordinate grant tracking and reporting in conjunction with CRL staff, Self-Help’s resource development team, and accounting staff.
  • Write and/or manage the writing of proposals, reports, and other solicitations or stewardship communications to funders.
  • Initiate, coordinate and/or attend meetings with funders and potential funders.
  • Working closely with internal stakeholders, manage the resource development strategy, calendar, and staff roles to meet CRL's goals and deadlines.
  • As appropriate, engage CRL Board or Advisory Board members.
  • Assist CRL in identifying and pursuing opportunities to meet potential funders and partners, particularly at conferences and other settings.
  • Advise and coach CRL team members in fundraising related matters.
  • Supervise the work of the stewardship manager.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • College degree with minimum 5 to 7 years development experience with foundations, corporations, and/or major gifts from individual donors.
  • Ability to work well as part of team and as a leader.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to CRL’s mission and to working as part of a diverse organization.
  • Familiarity and facility with lending and financial services terms and legal language, or the ability to absorb this knowledge quickly.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate programmatic and organizational budgets and financial statements.
  • Ability to act and react quickly to urgent, unplanned opportunities or needs.
  • Ability to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including overnight travel.
  • Ability to lead, develop and motivate staff.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with potential funders and key stakeholders.
  • Experience with fundraising databases and systems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree.
  • Experience in marketing, investor relations, and/or in the community economic development or financial services fields.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.


To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to Please include the position title as the subject. Application must be received by August 30, 2018 to ensure consideration. The position will remain posted until filled.

The Organization

The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL provides research and technical policy expertise to help policymakers evaluate consumer protection options and wealth-building opportunities. We educate consumers and the media about predatory lending issues, work with local and national coalitions to push for change, and take part in selected legal cases to advance consumer protections. CRL's work has helped lead to major changes in lending practices, saving families over $2 billion annually. For more information, go to

Self-Help, CRL's affiliate, is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending. Self-Help has provided $6 billion in financing to 70,000 homebuyers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations and serves more than 80,000 mostly low-income families through 30 retail credit union branches in North Carolina, California, and Chicago.

The Center for Responsible Lending is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.