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Director of Gift Planning
Medical College of Virginia Foundation (MCV Foundation) in Richmond, Virginia
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Date Posted 05/15/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Director of Gift Planning reports to the Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Medical College of Virginia Foundation (MCVF). The Director of Gift Planning will lead and implement a comprehensive fundraising program to promote and secure planned gifts; provide strategic input, direction and management oversight of a growing program of bequests, life income and other deferred gifts in accordance with MCVF’s gift acceptance policy; and support the MCVF in pursuing major gift opportunities as appropriate.  The Director of Gift Planning will work with our Campus Partners to identify and cultivate relationships with major gift and planned giving prospects and will provide assistance with the solicitation of those potential donors for planned gifts to benefit the MCV Campus including:    

  • Leading and managing a comprehensive planned giving program that reflects industry best practices and maximizes charitable contributions by employing appropriate planned giving vehicles; 

  • Serving as primary liaison and advisor on planned giving matters for the Campus Partners including their deans and development staff members; 

  • Supporting Campus Partners: training their major gift teams to help them identify major gift prospects and identifying opportunities to maximize giving through the use of planned gift vehicles, and assisting them with cultivation, proposal preparation and solicitation. 

  • Serving as the primary contact with the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Office of Gift Records Management to ensure that planned gifts are properly and an accurately recorded on donors’ records. 

  • Maintaining an understanding of MCVF investments, fund management and spending policies in order to highlight MCVF’s effective stewardship and due diligence in the management of funds and planned gifts, in open and active communication with donors and prospective donors;

  • Participating actively in internal committees or councils that the MCV Campus and/or VCU’s Development & Alumni Relations Office may establish to foster partnerships with development colleagues and share strategies, educational opportunities and best practices in planned giving; and 

  • In consultation with the MCVF leadership, working with individual donors, major gift donors, families and private foundations regarding specific philanthropic strategies that match MCVF institutional needs and philanthropic objectives. 


Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree (an advanced degree is preferred) or related professional designation such as CFP, and have a minimum of five years’ experience in planned giving. Experience at a comparable institution is a plus.  A thorough knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and pending legislation governing estate and financial planning with specific emphasis on charitable planning and planned gift vehicles is required. The ability to review documents and applicable gift agreements to ensure that they reflect current regulatory requirements; the ability to work both independently and as an integral part of a team to support Campus Partners and interact with alumni, friends, faculty, and staff, board and committees of MCVF in order to meet ambitious goals; and the possession of superior interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills are essential to the position. 

This role is based in Richmond, VA

About the MCV Foundation 

The MCV Foundation was established in 1949 to inspire and steward philanthropy that supports VCU’s five health sciences schools (College of Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy), VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Medical Center. The Foundation currently manages $600 million in donor assets to ensure the MCV Campus remains at the forefront of excellence and innovation in patient care, education and research. 

The MCV Campus is a major urban academic medical center serving Central Virginia and beyond. Through its 1,700 funds, the MCV Foundation provides scholarships, professorships, chairs and research funds to support the life-saving work occurring here every day. These funds allow VCU students, doctors and researchers to be on the cutting edge of healthcare delivery, offering patients the most exciting treatments and medical technology available. To learn more, visit www.MCVFoundation.org. 


To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to: 

Brian Thomas

Vice President and Chief Development Officer


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