September 11, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) seeks a development associate to support the growth of the organization’s financial resources, with a strong emphasis on increasing individual gifts and building relationships with institutional donors. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Development Associate is an integral member of a team that will significantly grow and manage the fund development program to increase our impact and influence throughout the state. 

The Development Associate helps ensure a high functioning development operation and attainment of fundraising goals, as well as excellent stewardship by coordinating, managing or supporting the following activities:  

Donor management and administration

  • Make timely gift entry into the donor database, ensuring accuracy and integrity
  • Make thank you calls to selected donors immediately following receipt of a gift
  • Produce weekly donor reports and periodic updates of progress towards goal
  • Conduct analysis of individual donors, campaigns, and giving trends
  • Track and collect pledged contributions
  • Assist in developing internal planning and tracking systems for all activities
  • With finance office, conduct monthly reconciliation of finance and development records
  • With finance office, produce the annual reconciliation report for National

Annual donor appeals 

  • Produce periodic mailings to current donors for gifts of $500 and above
  • Coordinate mailing schedule with ACLU national development operation
  • Maintain mailing list, logistics and follow up
  • Produce timely acknowledgement letters

Cultivation Events

  • Support planning and executing a series of donor cultivation and stewardship events
  • Manage invitation lists to ensure that all portfolio donors are invited to one or more events each year
  • Produce, send and follow up invitations to secure targets for participation
  • Assist in supporting the event program, logistics and budget
  • Assist in follow up with hosts and attendees

Gift solicitation coordination

  • Coordinate donor meetings for executive director and other directors
  • Draft specified correspondence and reports and proposals for funding
  • Ensures that meaningful contacts (calls, emails, meetings) and other pertinent information are recorded in the donor database
  • Help produce periodic reports to key donors
  • Help manage portfolios of the executive director and director of philanthropy
  • Draft specified proposals to individual and institutional donors

Annual Fundraising Dinner

  • Support development of invitation lists and coordinate mailings to secure sponsors, patrons and other attendees
  • Conduct follow up to ensure optimal attendance
  • Support development of event program activities
  • Support design/print of program and support run-0f-show development
  • Support logistics and budget oversight with contractors
  • Conduct follow up with attendees 

Other duties

  • Provide occasional training in membership sales to volunteers
  • Participate in affiliate’s public events as requested
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Work experience in a nonprofit development office for at least one year
  • Solid working knowledge of CRM databases; knowledge of Salesforce a plus
  • Strong writing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends as necessary to reach goals

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary is commensurate with similarly situated nonprofit advocacy organizations and will depend upon experience and qualifications.
  • Excellent benefits include: paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life and disability coverage and a Defined Contribution 401(k) retirement plan.

Submit a cover letter and resume, with 3 references, to Put “Development Associate” in Subject. 

This job announcement 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 description and/or posting without advance notice.

The ACLU of Georgia is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of GA 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 or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact:








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