Director of Principal Gifts

American Promise

About American Promise

American Promise is building a nonpartisan movement to empower, inspire and mobilize Americans to win passage of a federal constitutional amendment to end systemic corruption and limit the influence of money in elections – now a top issue for almost all Americans, regardless of party or political preference.

Our Amendment will strengthen free speech rights for all Americans, protect elections from foreign influence and systemic corruption, restore the relationship of elected representatives to their constituents and the interests of their States and districts, strengthen federalism by enabling the States to decide what works best, and reverse the political dysfunction and collapse in civic trust in America.

Our team is passionate, collaborative, courageous, adaptable, and fun. We love setting big goals and learning lessons on the way to achieving them. We celebrate our differences and work to ensure that our staff, donors, volunteers, and supporters reflect the tremendous diversity of the American people as we strive together on the most American of national projects: amending the US Constitution.

Director of Principal Gifts

American Promise plans to complete our $20M capital raise in 2024 and initiate a new, larger capital raise later in the year. American Promise seeks an experienced senior fundraising professional to lead and expand our principal gifts program. As a front-line fundraiser, the Director plays a leadership role in expanding American Promise’s individual gifts in the range of $500K to $10M. The Director works closely with the CEO and founder, reports to the Development Director, and serves as a senior fundraiser for American Promise. The Director also works closely with key executive leadership, board members, and fundraising committees to achieve American Promise’s fundraising goals. The Director position is either remote or hybrid, depending on the candidate’s home location. The Director is expected to expand and develop a portfolio focused on principal gifts prospects in multiple regions.

Responsibilities of the Director of Principal Gifts

  • Build and manage a portfolio of principal gift prospects with the capacity to give $500K- $10M. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and close principal gifts and pledges contributing annual revenue of $10M-$20M.
  • Work closely with the CEO, Development Director and staff, Board, and capital raise committees to develop and manage engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective principal gift donors.
  • Personally engage potential donors in the principal gift portfolio, and advise the CEO and senior colleagues on engagement and closing strategy.
  • Plan, staff, and brief the CEO and senior staff and/or Board members for prospective principal gift donor visits and events.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on events, communications, and stewardship – for the cultivation, solicitations and stewardship needed to advance principal gifts.
  • Travel as needed to cultivate, solicit, and steward principal gift donors and support American Promise priority fundraising strategies.
  • Work with volunteer leaders to advance prospect and donor activity that expands principal gifts.
  • Represent American Promise with professionalism, collegiality, expertise, service, and grace. Exhibit American Promise values including transparency, honesty, integrity, and inclusive unity, in all dealings.

Basic Qualifications

  • 8-10 years of experience as a seasoned fundraising professional, with a successful track record of developing and executing strategies for 7-8 figure solicitations.
  • Demonstrated skill and success in working closely with an institution’s CEO and Board to achieve principal gift goals.
  • A commitment to the mission of American Promise.

Additional Qualifications

The ideal candidate has a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of fundraising principles and practices, an orientation toward action, and a high level of intellectual curiosity.

The Director will have strong skills to form positive relationships, work effectively as a member of a team, leverage volunteer leadership in advancing donor relationships and gift discussions, translate American Promise’s goals and strategies into inspiring visions for donors, and a high level of adaptability and flexibility as American Promise rapidly Grows.

With frequent interaction with the CEO, senior staff, board, and donors, the Director must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to process and maintain confidential information, sound judgment, and leadership to move the principal gift strategy forward. The Director will demonstrate professionalism, collegiality, self-motivation, and organization.


American Promise staff are located all over the country. Our office is based in Concord, MA. This position is either remote or hybrid, depending on the candidate’s home location.


  • $150K – $200K, commensurate with experience
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Health insurance (medical/dental/vision)
  • Flexible spending account (FSA) for pre-tax  health and dependent care benefits
  • Paid 4 weeks vacation, 13 holidays, and personal/sick days
  • Passionate, inclusive, and collaborative work environment
  • Supportive, collaborative nationwide remote and hybrid-remote team and flex time policy

To Apply

To apply for this position, submit a resume and cover letter to:

Please put “Director of Principal Gifts” in the subject line. The cover letter should be concise and compelling and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. American Promise celebrates the freedom and diversity of our nation. American Promise team members are service-oriented and have demonstrated experience in volunteer, civic, military, or other forms of service to the country and our people. We welcome all qualified applicants who reflect and share this vision.

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