Director of Philanthropy

David Lynch Foundation
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About the David Lynch Foundation

The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program in Washington, DC, through The Trauma Project. DLF has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and young people in high crime, high need areas. 

DLF has three regional offices: its operational headquarters in New York City (where there is also a significant programmatic presence), its government locus in Washington, DC, and a programmatic hub in Los Angeles. One of the Foundation’s primary long-term objectives is to make TM widely accessible to all who will benefit from it – with cost to the individual not being a barrier. Our work in Washington, DC is focused on pursuing a strategy to secure reimbursement for this evidence-based intervention through private and public insurance companies, Employee Assistance Programs, and through government funding sources.

The Opportunity

Develops, builds, implements, and oversees all fundraising and donor relations programs for DLF


To be successful in this role, you excel in a dynamic and fluid environment. You are an innovative thinker, with the confidence to both bring your own ideas and contacts to the effort, as well as to further and implement the strategy that has been developed to date. The following are the position’s key responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages fundraising efforts in furtherance of the organization’s long-range (and strategic) plan, ultimately creating and enacting corresponding plan
  • Designs, implements, and manages all fundraising programs relating to current and deferred gifts, such as direct response, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaign, special events, etc.
  • Refine, and help implement annual development strategy
  • Develops, manages and maintains procedures and standards, internal controls, and schedules for fundraising
  • Designs, implements, manages and coordinates all aspects of the organization’s donor recognition and awards programs
  • Manage and develop the Development staff and Philanthropy Managers, ensure they are focused on priorities and fundraising goals
  • Forecasts and budgets personnel, equipment, materials, space, finances, and the requirements pertinent to the efficient fundraising efforts
  • Develop clear expectations, metrics, and performance measures to reach development goals
  • Maintain and deepen donor relationships through routine communications
  • Instill a culture of development that engages the CEO, the Board of Directors and key donors in a manner that nurtures a collaborative, organization-wide approach to raising funds to support DLF’s mission
  • Create, with the CEO, cultivation plans and philanthropy proposals for the top 200 high-net-worth donors
  • Researches, develops, solicits, cultivates, involves and stewards all sources of potential financial support including: individual donors, members, volunteers, foundations, corporations, etc.
  • Work with DLF’s program team to create and develop proposals for persuasive funding opportunities
  • Collaborate with the marketing team on all development-related collateral and other relevant marketing needs
  • Maintain a flexible and thoughtful leadership style that empowers staff and promotes teamwork
  • Assist CEO with helping Board Members realize their annual goals and objectives
  • Develop planned giving funding stream and explore planned giving opportunities
  • Designs, implements, manages and coordinates a fundraising program relative to corporate gifts, grants and potential sponsorship programs where appropriate
  • Manages the organization and maintenance of donor records and files as necessary, including the management of donor-specific software systems if applicable
  • Work closely with finance team to ensure continuity with development revenue and expenses
  • Researches, explores, designs and manages a potential seminar program for donors, members, volunteers and the general public to educate as to the benefits of including charitable giving in their financial and estate plans
  • Keeps informed and updated in the development of changes in the tax law as well as new and complex financial vehicles relative to planned giving and estate planning
  • Consults, collaborates and cooperates with all members of the executive team, other staff, members and members of the Board of Directors as needed
  • Provides training, coaching and support to other directors, managers, the Board, select volunteers and staff regarding fundraising and their respective roles in successful efforts
  • Represents the organization at public and organizational functions and one-on-one meetings


  • At least 7 years of successful fundraising experience – evidenced by a proven track record of significant accomplishment – at a senior level in the non-profit sector
  • Requires demonstrated experience in all facets of fundraising, development and management including but not limited to: annual giving, capital campaigns, cause-related marketing, corporate and major gift solicitation, planned giving, special events planning and implementation, estate planning, direct mail, donor recognition, donor development, donor stewardship, donor nurturing programs, corporate and private foundation grant-writing and solicitation, managing a development database, fundraising volunteer management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – verbal and written
  • Demonstrated financial analysis and budgeting skills
  • Excellent high-level marketing and public relations skills
  • Excellent organization skills and detail orientation
  • Ability to be action-oriented yet flexible, and patient
  • Strong team orientation, team participation, and leadership skills
  • Knowledge and skills in long-range and strategic planning
  • High degree of emotional intelligence and maturity – demonstrating adaptability, engagement and enthusiasm
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and skills with donor-tracking software, donor databases, and wealth-screening software
  • Salesforce experience preferred

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