Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Giving

Note: United Way of Greater Topeka and United Way of Douglas County have merged as United Way of Kaw Valley (UWKV), serving Shawnee, Douglas, Jackson and Jefferson counties. Please see individual position descriptions for specific service areas and office locations.

Please email resume and cover letter to apply.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022.

United Way of Kaw Valley Mission
Until the fight is won.
Creating and cultivating an unbreakable network of support for a strong, healthy, and equitable community.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UWKV

To truly Live United, we must commit to placing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of our work, internally and externally.A successful fight for the education, financial stability, and health of every person requires that we listen to, learn from, and amplify the voices of those who are most in need and those who have been traditionally underrepresented.

We recognize that everyone in our United Way community brings value to our mission. We understand every employee, donor, volunteer, partner and stakeholder brings different experiences, perspectives, and expectations.

We respect and encourage insight and participation from all.

We actively promote a variety of voices among our staff, volunteer committees and Board of Directors, and the non-profit community.

We commit to being curious and courageous in how we communicate with each other. We do so in a constant effort to grow and move our community forward together.

Job Title:  Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Giving
Reports To:  Vice President of Resource Development
Job Level/Status:  Exempt
Starting Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000
Division:  Resource Development

The Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Giving builds and stewards relationships with our most generous donors, connecting them to the community change supported by United Way investments. This position will require strong communication and relationship skills and the drive to inspire donors to connect with our aspiration of creating an unbreakable network of support for a strong, healthy and equitable community.

Job Responsibilities and Duties

Working with Donors

  • Develops/maintains relationships with key stakeholders and donors
  • Primary individual responsible for soliciting gifts from donors at the Tocqueville level ($10,000) and above, along with legacy gifts, and applying for private grants across Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, and Douglas Counties
  • In conjunction with appropriate staff, personally visits with potential donors to understand their needs and passions, leverage their gift and communicate appreciation
  • Serve as an advisor to the Women United donor affinity group; including overseeing the emergency grant process in conjunction with the Women United Steering Committee, membership activities, reporting, and other activities to aid the growth and stewardship of the Women United program
  • Serve as lead advisor to the Always United donor affinity group for retirees, including overseeing materials for the Always United Steering Committee, membership activities and other outreach activities
  • Collaborates with other UWKV staff to plan events, and steward donors appropriately
  • Plans, executes and evaluates Quarterly Donor Investor Meetings, and other donor stewardship events

Strategic Planning and Communication

  • Serve as manager for implementing the strategic plan as it applies to Major Gifts, Grants, and Planned Giving
  • Implement the “case for giving” based on target audience interests, supporting facts, data and perspective
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records, reports and materials including database information
  • Takes the lead in the identification and development of non-workplace campaign related revenue opportunities:
    • Grant writing
    • Major Gifts (Tocqueville Society)
    • Planned Giving
  • Prepare, analyze, research and review data for use in reports, presentations, graphs, etc. for accounts
  • Keeps up to date on best practices for fundraising, Major Gifts and Planned Giving through webinars, trainings, and literature and shares that information with Resource Development Staff
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining United Way of Kaw Valley’s Corporate Sponsorship Guide

Supporting the United Way Team

  • Represents UWKV at various community events and, as required, speaks on behalf of UWKV
  • As a resource development team member, assists with workplace campaign as needed
  • Completes special assignments and projects as needed

Important Information                                       

  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Communications, must have the ability to appropriately present information and data in written, electronic, and oral forms to diverse target markets
  • Must have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines and attend to details
  • Must  have the ability and desire to meet, develop relationships, and work with a variety of people
  • Expected to have a commitment to excellence and to the mission of UWKV
  • Must accept and abide by UWKV Code of Ethics and confidentiality requirements, along with the Association for Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards
  • Accept and abide by UWKV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Guidelines

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience


  • Technical and analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Advanced computer abilities
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Time management
  • Knowledge of solicitation and revenue generation techniques


  • 1-3 years experience in positions related to resource development, event planning, grant writing, major gifts, and planned giving.
  • Strong leadership skills with volunteers
  • Experience working with and supporting volunteers
  • Experience using written and verbal skills and presenting to various size groups
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft products
  • Experience working with the Greater Topeka or Douglas County communities preferred

 Physical Demand

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Schedule

  • Regular M-F; 8am -5pm
  • Quarterly and Special Events may require working outside these hours.
  • Office locations and remote work are subject to negotiation.
  • Staff has the option to take a half day on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, if weekly hours have been met


Revised November 2022