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Career Opportunity: Director of Philanthrophy

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) seeks experienced applicants for the newly created position of Director of Philanthropy to work out of our office in Raleigh.  The ACLU of North Carolina is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NCLF is our 501(c)(3) arm that conducts our legal and educational work.  Founded in 1965, the North Carolina affiliate is a rapidly growing organization, and in just the past three years, the size of our statewide membership base has doubled to more than 12,000.  We are currently expanding our permanent staff from seven to nine fulltime employees, and we are looking for an experienced Director of Philanthropy with the vision to build a major gifts program and help us develop the renewable revenue stream necessary to sustain our unprecedented growth.  

Position Overview

The ACLU-NCLF is seeking a Director of Philanthropy, a fulltime senior leadership position reporting to the Executive Director, to develop and implement a strategy for building new programs that raise funds for the ACLU-NCLF’s annual budget and that strengthen the relationships between the ACLU-NCLF and its supporters.  Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for planning, supervising and executing the organization’s major gifts and planned giving programs and developing complementary fundraising and donor cultivation strategies.  The Director of Philanthropy collaborates with the Executive Director, Development Committee, and the Board to reach our annual and long-range goals. 


Major Gifts Program:  Develop and implement an annual comprehensive work plan that will include specific fundraising goals and targets for proposals, appeals and campaigns; identify, develop and implement strategies for the cultivation of major donors; working with the national ACLU’s development team, conduct research and annual prospect screening to identify best prospects with closest links, aligned interests and greatest capacity; strategically deploy the Executive Director and Board leadership to solicit major gifts; create and carry out strategies to personally cultivate and solicit major donors.  In addition to supporting the solicitation of gifts made by others, the Director of Philanthropy will be expected to cultivate and work directly with existing and future donors.


By Brittany Weston, President, ACLU at Charlotte Law

The ACLU chapter at Charlotte School of Law, along with local chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Criminal Law Society, was recently awarded the Charlotte Law Student Service Department’s Synergy Event of the Year Award for jointly hosting and organizing a November 2013 event recognizing the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright.

In Gideon, the Supreme Court ruled that all criminal defendants are entitled to have an attorney, and that states must provide defendants with attorneys if they cannot afford their own counsel.

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU

We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

As part of our lawsuit against North Carolina's voter suppression bill, we asked Ted Allen, a professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, and Paul Gronke, a political science professor at Reed College, to crunch some numbers. Both found that shorter early voting periods translate to longer lines and less voters.

During the 2012 general election, over one-half of North Carolinians voted early, with about 900,000 ballots cast during the seven days of early voting that have now been eliminated. If just four percent of those voters showed up on Election Day, waiting times to vote would have more than doubled, according to Allen, who literally wrote the textbook on lines and waiting times to vote.


North Carolina: Let Me Take Care of My Son

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By Shana Carignan

I live in Greensboro, North Carolina, with my family. My wife, Megan, and I flew to Texas to meet our son, Jax, over 4 years ago, who is now 6 ½. We have raised him to understand that his moms love him and would do anything for him.

But Megan is his only legal parent.

Jax has cerebral palsy, so he takes a lot of extra care. If I were allowed a legal relationship with my child, which I currently do not under North Carolina State Law, I would better be able to provide the safety that all parents want for their children.