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National Forest Foundation
Vice President for Major Gifts


The National Forest Foundation seeks to recruit a seasoned and highly motivated major gift fundraiser to significantly augment leadership gifts and to establish and work with a high level Donor Council.


Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) works with the U.S. Forest Service to care for our natural treasures on behalf of the millions of visitors they receive each year. The National Forest Foundation brings people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. As a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, NFF engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. They also administer private gifts to benefit units of the National Forest System. In helping the U.S. Forest Service fulfill its mission "to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations" we work in close collaboration with local people and communities. The NFF believes that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. Brimming with natural values for America's people and communities, our 193-million-acre National Forest System gives us clean air and water, diverse wildlife habitat and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Today, the challenges to the future of all these values are as complex and numerous as the forest ecosystems themselves. From wildfire to invasive species to climate change, many factors threaten the resources we need and the wild places we cherish. With millions of acres in need of restoration and millions of people unaware of how National Forests enrich their lives, the NFF set forth on a campaign of restoration called Treasure Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences. The NFF is working to restore our damaged forests and restore Americans’ connection to these public lands.

The goals of this campaign include:

  • NFF will implement stewardship projects that nurture more resilient forest ecosystems.

  • NFF will restore landscapes damaged by wildfire, insects, disease and natural disasters to provide scenic, watershed, wildlife and carbon sequestration benefits.

  • NFF will invest in the strength of communities of interest and communities of place, helping people convert their passion for forests into meaningful and sustainable conservation actions.

  • NFF will help the American public to fully understand, savor and appreciate all that our National Forests have to offer building lasting connections with the lands that give us clean air and water, diversity of life, and fulfilling outdoor recreation opportunities.

The NFF has assets of $8.8 and a professional staff of 20. The organization is guided by a dedicated 23-member Board of Directors. John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, serves as chairman of the NFF’s Board of Directors.

Vice President of Major Gifts

The NFF is in the last quarter of the $100 million Treasured Landscapes campaign (TL), focused on advancing long-term conservation and stewardship at 14 key landscapes across the country. The Vice President of Major Gifts is a newly created position and is expected to enhance the NFF’s drive to reach a new level of major donor engagement, and inspire and support a greater capacity to capture greater philanthropic resources to support the NFF’s annual program agenda. The Vice President will work in close partnership with the President, Vice President of Conservation Programs, and Vice President of Development and Communications. The Vice President for Major Gifts will work with the regional staff leadership to insure continuity of outreach to major donors is handled in deep alignment with the programmatic agenda of the NFF.

The Vice President will be responsible for growing individual philanthropic support of the NFF and working with the Chairman, Chairman’s Leadership Council, President, volunteer Board leadership and NFF staff to achieve the NFF’s ambitious goals. The Vice President will preferably be based in Washington, D.C., but can also be located in New York or San Francisco. The Vice President will report to the President, work closely with the Board and Board Chair and interact with all key senior NFF staff leadership.

The overarching goals of the Vice President include:

  • Provide strategic leadership in developing, expanding and implementing a national plan to cultivate major donor prospects in major metropolitan areas in the United States. The Vice President will work in a team-oriented environment to coordinate fundraising activities to achieve the NFF’s annual fundraising objectives and work closely with the Vice President of Development and Communication, and other NFF staff.

  • Work with Board Chair, members of NFF’s Board and NFF President in cultivating and managing major donor prospects. The goal is to expand major donor fundraising as part of NFF’s Annual budget.

  • Help identify and recruit prospective contributors to serve on the Chairman’s Leadership Council.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

The Vice President should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • A commitment to and a willingness to become an advocate of NFF’s mission – a strong conservation ethic and commitment to ensuring our National Forest System is sustained for future generations.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with and raise funds from major donors, and to coach and lead others (staff and volunteers) in major donor work.

  • Articulate NFF priorities and values, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively.

  • An ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity.

  • Personable, trustworthy, diplomatic, and poised. Commitment to working as a member of a collaborative fundraising team.

  • Demonstrated experience working directly with nonprofit boards and executive staff on developing philanthropic relationships.

  • A solid business sense coupled with budgeting expertise and a propensity towards strategic thinking and planning. Ability to combine the “art” and “science” of fundraising seamlessly.

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel often for weekend and evening meetings.


Compensation for the Vice President includes a competitive compensation and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

Interested candidates should send their resume to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com. Refer to NFF in the subject line. No phone calls please.

National Forest Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
For more information on National Forest Foundation visit their website at: www.nationalforests.org


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