Vice President for Major Gifts, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

The Organization

Vice President for Major Gifts


Washington, D.C.


Founded in 1944, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has raised more than $5 billion to help over 500,000 students thrive in college, graduate, and become leaders. To achieve its ambitious mission, UNCF awards 10,000 student scholarships, valued at $100 million, annually, provides financial support to a prestigious network of 37 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and advocates as the nation’s leading advocate for minority education and engagement.

UNCF is at an exciting moment in its history. After 77 years of influential leadership, UNCF seeks to expand its National Major Gifts Department to further its mission, impact, and core principle: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Position Overview

UNCF seeks a driven and result-oriented development leader to serve as the Vice President for Major Gifts (VPMG). The VPMG will build and lead UNCF’s National Major Gifts Department to implement a robust Major Gifts strategy to increase, diversify, and sustain support from high-net-worth prospects and donors. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts in the five- to seven-figure range. The ideal candidate will implement a standardized and comprehensive moves management strategy, using analytics and metrics, for individual giving. S/he will have the opportunity to recruit a high-caliber team of major gift officers.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of success working with prospects and donors to secure individual, planned, and blended gifts. The VPMG will establish giving societies and a comprehensive “A Mind Is” National Donor Recognition Program.

The successful candidate will serve as a visible frontline professional who will engage and support executive leadership, staff, colleagues, prospects, donors, and high-net-worth individuals to achieve UNCF’s strategic funding goals. The ideal candidate will have the stature, credibility, humility, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with diverse constituents.

How To Apply

UNCF has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at UNCF-VPMG@glfreeman.com.

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