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About Us

Director of Gift Planning


The Director of Gift Planning will be responsible for overseeing some special fundraising projects, as well as managing a nationwide portfolio of 150-200 individual prospects capable of making philanthropic gifts of $25,000+.

Successful candidates will demonstrate competitive drive, strong interpersonal skills, integrity, and accountability. Flexible schedule, based on the campus of Lake Forest College, 30 miles north of Chicago. Travel throughout the U.S. 1-2 times per month on average.  


Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of related experience in an external-facing role such as sales/marketing or fundraising is required. Ability to relate to a wide variety of constituents and solicit donations face to face. High level of initiative and drive to succeed. Strong negotiation, organizational, and fundraising skills. Ability to travel and work outside of normal business hours as needed.


For consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to Carol Lueders lueders@lakeforest.edu.

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from over 40 states and 70 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.