Director of Giving

Arts Fort Worth
May 25, 2023
1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas
Job Type


Have you ever felt completely transported by a song, choreography, a poem, a painting? Does the thought of transforming lives and bringing communities together fill you with joy? Do you love to meet new people, learn their stories and help them solve problems?

You should join the team at Arts Fort Worth.

Arts Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1963 as the Arts Council of Fort Worth to provide funding and leadership that would nurture, support and promote the arts throughout the Fort Worth community. Today, Arts Fort Worth is committed to challenging systemic and historic barriers by building a platform where all have an opportunity to express and see themselves in the arts. The organization has recently begun a new strategic plan under new leadership, and it is poised to grow quickly to serve more Fort Worth visitors and residents.

The Director of Giving is an important leader in the advancement team and senior leadership team at Arts Fort Worth, reporting directly to the Executive Director & President. The Director of Giving ensures Arts Fort Worth’s mission can grow consistently through major gifts and annual charitable support. Arts Fort Worth currently defines major gifts as gifts of cash, assets or in-kind value of $25,000 or higher; however, a successful Director of Giving will help the organization raise that threshold over time.

Key responsibilities of this full-time role include building and deepening relationships with donors, funders and partners through consistent touchpoints and communications, and collaborating with the advancement team and the Executive Director & President to ensure successful donor cultivation and solicitation.

Arts Fort Worth will invest in the continuing education and professional growth of the Director of Giving and the advancement team, and the top candidate will be a self-motivated and service-focused team player.


  • Achieve annual giving goals through direct efforts including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Confidently ‘make the ask,’ whether in a team or independently
  • Work with Executive Director & President to establish short and long-term development plans, advise on annual fundraising budgets and revenue goals, and maintain the annual development plan
  • Plan and lead a major giving program and manage a portfolio of current and potential donors
  • Support annual events to generate funds and awareness for Arts Fort Worth, including solicitation and management of sponsors and procurement of in-kind support for events
  • Strategically engage (calling, emailing and visiting) donors and prospects in order to match their interests with the strategic direction of Arts Fort Worth
  • Coordinate with Donor Relations Specialist and Executive Assistant to maintain a donor database, log conversations with donors, manage donor gift acknowledgments and appropriate levels of donor appreciation
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and Advancement team to generate ideas, share successes and problem solve
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities to grow professionally and maintain best practices
  • Represent Arts Fort Worth and uphold the organization’s values with stakeholders and throughout the community
  • Perform all other duties as assigned


  • Five or more years of development experience with annual funds and major gift solicitation (capital campaign experience a plus)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is preferred, and special consideration will be given to candidates with relevant certifications, such as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
  • Proven track record in portfolio management and in achieving fundraising goals
  • Experience in prospect research, donor cultivation, effective solicitation, and successful stewardship
  • Superb interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and professional etiquette
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Light physical demands (i.e. spending hours listening and talking; working on the computer and phone; driving to appointments and events; and occasionally working long days, nights or weekends to support special events or projects)
  • Proficiency with a donor database or CRM system required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite a plus
  • Poised, confident, self-motivated, effective in independent and collaborative work settings, and demonstrating time management skills and a strong work ethic

Annual salary range for this fulltime, exempt position is $75,000 to $95,000, commensurate with experience, including a benefit package that includes health insurance, an employer-matched 401(k) plan and a flexible work schedule.

Arts Fort Worth affords equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, Arts Fort Worth cannot currently offer a relocation stipend, but we welcome both local applicants and those from outside of North Texas.

Application Instructions

Please send application materials to including:

  • resume or CV
  • cover letter
  • references with contact information

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