Trust for the Public Land

State Director of Philanthropy

New Haven, CT

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

The State Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of all fund raising activities to support the Trust for Public Land’s conservation activities in the state. The State Director of Philanthropy works closely with the State Director, and leads a robust philanthropy program that includes establishing annual fund raising goals in support of state-based activities and national programs. This position works closely with the State Office project and administrative staff, Divisional project and administrative staff, and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, and interacts closely and frequently with donors and Advisory Council volunteers. The State Director of Philanthropy reports to the Division Director of Philanthropy.


  • Oversee all fundraising activities in the state, with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of individual donors and foundations with a giving capacity of more than $10,000 annually.
  • Schedule and attend solicitation meetings and create solicitation letters, proposals and other materials.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and donor prospects while promoting planned giving.
  • Work with State Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain existing Advisory Council members, including acting as a liaison with the Board on philanthropy-related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Board members.
  • Work with project staff to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging and marketing Trust for Public Land programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects.
  • Develop annual philanthropy action plans, revenue and expense budgets, and long-range (3-5 years) fundraising goals, and fundraising materials as needed.
  • Manage all donor recognition and donor communications for the State Office, coordinating closely with divisional and national Marketing departments.
  • Update and maintain donor tracking records in donor database and generates donor-tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  • In coordination with divisional and national Philanthropy teams, plan and produce donor-oriented special events.
  • Maintain a portfolio of approximately 120 donors and prospects, and make at least 120 visits to prospects annually.
  • With the State Director’s partnership, share responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual state philanthropy budget.

Experience & Background

  • 6+ years of fund-raising experience, including direct major gift solicitations.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer Boards
  • Bachelors degree required. MA preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience using Window-based philanthropic database program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills and attention  to detail. 
  • Experience in writing grant proposals or other fundraising materials helpful.
  • Available for significant travel (up to 30- 50%).
  • Knowledge of and experience with state philanthropic communities
  • Strong interest in and commitment to land conservation.


  • 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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