Houston, Dallas, or Austin



The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the leading civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend the civil rights for Texans throughout the state. The ACLU of Texas is both a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization. The ACLU of Texas operates professional offices in Houston, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Brownsville, Texas.

Role overview
The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) helps ensure the department meets its fundraising goals by increasing contributed revenue to the organization, managing a portfolio of donors/prospects, each with an estimated capacity to give $10,000 or more. The MGO is responsible for qualifying new prospects and building relationships with donors to maximize financial support. The MGO also will explore planned giving opportunities and solicit special campaign gifts. The MGO works closely with members of the ACLU of Texas’s Development Department, the Executive Director, and development colleagues at the national ACLU, as well as with program staff and volunteers.


  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 75-100 donors.
  • Create individual goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
  • Create a comprehensive cultivation and solicitation strategy for each donor/prospect in the portfolio and execute to retained and upgraded individual donors.
  • Directly solicit major and planned gifts, and partner with senior and program staff and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities.
  • Provide executive-level support to senior staff in preparation for solicitation or stewardship opportunities, including appropriate, concise briefing materials in advance of meetings with donors and prospects.
  • Qualify new prospects for assignment to the major gifts portfolio.
  • Work with the appropriate staff to secure project information to develop personalized materials directed at individual donors/prospects that are in line with donor interests, programmatic priorities, and reports that detail progress made because of a gift, etc.
  • Develop unique cultivation and stewardship opportunities, such as small events for select donors/prospects in the portfolio, and participate in broader donor cultivation events.
  • Track portfolio activity and progress and create reports as required by management.
  • Maintain working knowledge of national programmatic priorities and issues as they occur.
  • Contribute to the creation of and reporting on major grants to selected funders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece.
  • Sense of humor.


The Major Gifts Officer must have a strong understanding of and passion for the ACLU mission. The Major Gifts Officer will have the ability to take the initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently as well as collaborate with others on donor strategies as a part of a team in a collaborative environment. The position requires a person that is self-motivated and self-directed with the following qualifications:\>

  • B.A. degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, with progressive responsibility and a proven track record of soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts of $10,000 or more. Experience soliciting and closing six-figure gifts a plus.
  • Experience soliciting planned gifts preferred.
  • Strong people skills. The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the phone, via email/text and in person with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the public.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines. Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, and track progress towards achieving goals.
  • Familiarity with moves management preferred.
  • Experience with donor database management and systems to track campaigns and ensure complete, secure and private donor and campaign records.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and a donor database (Salesforce preferred).
  • Knowledge of Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and/or Austin philanthropic community preferred, but not required.
  • Travel and flexible work schedule required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas’s salary scale.

To apply
Please fill out an application here.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas 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, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.