Trust for the Public Land

Institutional Giving Manager

St. Paul, MN

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.  Since 1972, TPL has completed more than 4,250 park and conservation projects in communities nationwide, protecting more than 3 million acres.

The Role

In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy, the Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for maximizing institutional giving and contributing to the overall fundraising budget and philanthropy plan within the division. The Institutional Giving Manager is expected to realize annual fundraising goals established for the position.  

This position is responsible for a portfolio of foundations (including family foundations as appropriate) and corporations currently giving or capable of giving annual gifts.  Responsibilities include identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundation and corporate donors and prospects, managing a donor portfolio; conducting donor visits; prospect tracking; proposal writing and donor stewardship. 


  • Identify foundation and corporate prospects. 
  • Develop effective strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. 
  • Maintain donor records and tracks “moves management” in tracking database. 
  • Conduct donor visits. Make direct solicitations and close gifts. 
  • Write proposals, case statements, and reports.  
  • Develop proposal budgets and financial reports.  
  • Coordinate and implement donor recognition.  
  • Track and meet deadlines. 
  • Monitor grant payments and expenditures.  
  • Engage other staff members and volunteers in fundraising efforts.  
  • Provide writing and other support for the Director of Philanthropy and other philanthropy staff 
  • Writing and developing proposals, case statements, and stewardship reports
  • Cultivate and solicit materials, and other collateral materials as directed.
  • Manager communications and Donor Relations:  
  • Plan and implement regular communications to donors, including broadcast e-mail updates and mailings
  • Provide relevant local content for use with the organization’s annual giving program, website, annual report, and other publications and collateral materials.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience & Background

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in non-profit fundraising
  • 4+ years experience in writing grant proposals, letters, reports or similar materials
  • Experience and proficiency using fundraising databases, Microsoft Office and in conducting research
  • Ability to write and edit grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, interim reports, stewardship materials, and other collateral information 
  • Ability to understand organization’s finances and financial systems; and coordinate with finance staff to develop budgets.
  • Self-motivated; ability to multi-task with excellent attention to detail and deadlines; and can perform successfully without regular supervision: 
  • Understands and complies with The Trust for Public Land’s gift acceptance policies and ensures ethical compliance, as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members
  • Interest and commitment to The Trust for Public Land mission
  • Knowledge of relevant foundation and corporate donors desired
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Willingness to travel occasionally 


  • Competitive salary 
  • Full Health benefits including Life, Dental, Vision
  • Generous leave policies
Trust for the Public Land

Ann Riley

Sr. Regional HR Manager
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