Durham, NC

Director of Philanthropy, Center for Responsible Lending

The Organization

The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that promotes responsible lending practices and access to fair terms of credit for low-wealth families. CRL was created in 2002 to protect homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate predatory lending and other abusive financial practices. Our work has helped lead to major changes in lending practices, saving families over $2 billion annually. CRL has over 40 employees and offices in Durham, NC; Oakland, CA; and in Washington, DC.

CRL is an affiliate of Self-Help, a community development lender founded in 1980 that has provided over $8.5 billion dollars in financing to help 159,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, build businesses and strengthen community resources.

Position Overview

Role Overview:

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 $7-8 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 and other staff.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 7 to 10 years development experience with foundations, corporations, and/or major gifts from individual donors.
  • A consummate team player with a flexible, collaborative and creative approach who can lead from behind and empower teammates to contribute their best.
  • 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.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression (including transgender status), age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, class or family status.

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