Director of Individual Giving

Front-facing view of the Benjamin Franklin Memorial statue


The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Vice President of External Affairs, the Director of Individual Giving is response for the strategic management of individual fundraising at TFI.

Serving as a senior member of the External Affairs team, the Director of Individual Giving is responsible for developing and executing comprehensive overarching strategies for all individual fundraising programs, including annual, major gift, planned giving and membership initiatives, to meet and exceed established annual financial goals, and plan for long-term program growth.  The Director of Individual Giving is also responsible for:

  • Manage two full-time staff to ensure they have the skills and resources to meet and exceed their revenue goals, function as strong team players, and receive meaningful professional development.
  • Oversee implementation of annual giving programs including, trustee annual giving, Major gifts, Benefactor Society, and the Franklin Fund as well as working with individual donors who support The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner and youth education programs.
  • Working with the VP of External Affairs, ensure high-quality and effective prospect development initiatives for major gifts of $10,000 and above, planned gifts, special project investments, and major restricted gifts.
  • Provide support to the President and CEO and VP of External Affairs in executing the Mission: Wow! Campaign which seeks to raise $100 million (working goal) to support new core exhibits and infrastructure through the identification and cultivation of campaign prospects.
  • Personally manage an active portfolio of approximately 50 donors and prospects, engaging and supporting fundraising volunteers and TFI personnel as necessary to develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for each prospect.
  • Manage and update plans and actions in Raiser’s Edge; complete timely and accurate call reports, communicate progress to appropriate Institute staff and volunteers, and ensure strong processes of all individual giving team members.

Position Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Seven (7) years related experience in development, with a specific focus on individual giving programs or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in developing and implementing sophisticated strategies for donor/volunteer involvement is preferred.  

Status: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Benefits Information:

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

To apply, please visit our Career CenterWe look forward to hearing from you!

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy.

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