Director of Individual Giving

New York City Area

The Medicare Rights Center ( is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Medicare Rights’ unique blend of service, education, and advocacy ensures that real consumer experiences reach the highest levels of policymaking, and that policies and laws adopted at state and federal levels are translated for consumers and effectively implemented. Each year, Medicare Rights answers more than three million questions for older adults and people with disabilities through helpline and web-based assistance, and collaborates with diverse stakeholders to improve the Medicare program. 

This is an exciting and important time at Medicare Rights. Nationally, more than 60 million people are eligible for Medicare. Numerous opportunities exist for reaching these individuals and their families with good information and assistance, preparing dedicated professionals to serve those with Medicare, and shaping the future of Medicare and related programs for future generations. Medicare Rights is committed to prioritizing the most underserved Medicare beneficiaries, a commitment reflected in the organization’s direct service, education, and policy work. 

The Position—Director of Individual Giving 

Medicare Rights is seeking a full-time Director of Individual Giving, to be based in or near New York City. This person will report to the President and work interdepartmentally to cultivate, solicit, and steward first-time, mid-level, and major donors to the organization. 

Specific Responsibilities 

Activities to be pursued by the Director of Individual Giving include the following: 

  • Build and manage a portfolio of major donors ($1K-10K+) and expand participation in donor programs, including sustaining giving, legacy giving, and others. Convey Medicare Rights’ needs and vision in persuasive and fresh ways. 
  • Work with senior staff to prepare and support Board members in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and engaging high-level donors and prospects. 
  • Plan and implement an annual fall gala. Manage sponsorship solicitations and event administration, collaborating with staff and consultants to maximize donor engagement. 
  • Identify new and lapsed potential donors and oversee all phases of donor communication, including print and electronic correspondence (letters, reports, briefings, proposals, etc.) and meetings related to cultivation, giving, and donor acknowledgment. Maintain a high level of contact with prospects/donors.  
  • Work with leadership to set and implement growth strategy related to individual giving, including participating in regular portfolio reviews and identifying donors for further engagement through calls and meetings. 
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of individual giving data and report regularly on progress toward key targets, adjusting strategy as needed to achieve goals. 
  • Collaborate with the Communications department to ensure message consistency, a strong print and social media presence, and the thoughtful use of staff and client stories to humanize and convey the value of Medicare Rights’ work to diverse audiences. 
  • Regularly communicate, at staff meetings, Board meetings, and other forums, the importance of donors to Medicare Rights, and share individual giving goals and tactical detail with staff, Board members, and other stakeholders. 
  • Coordinate and support special projects as needed. 


  • 5+ years of individual giving fundraising, including front-line solicitation and experience with corporate sponsors. 
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills, including confidence initiating donor calls and meetings. 
  • Passion for telling the story of organizations and people in new ways to inspire prospects and donors. 
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices and methods for generating revenue through donor outreach including the latest digital outreach.  
  • Attention to detail and ability to set and track progress toward goals. 
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously, and to work with an array of staff, Board members, and other stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ability to work and build trust across cultural differences. 
  • Empathy and a commitment to Medicare Rights’ mission and vision. 

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Medicare Rights Center offers a generous benefits package. 

How to Apply 

The Medicare Rights Center is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Please visit to learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Medicare Rights supports a culture of learning and professional growth. Those who meet many but not all of the qualifications are still encouraged to apply. 

We kindly ask that only individuals authorized to work in the United States apply; we cannot offer visa sponsorship. 

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: with “Director of Individual Giving” in the subject line. Cover letter files should be labeled “Last Name – Cover Letter,” and resumes should be labeled “Last Name – Resume.” No phone calls please.