Director of Philanthropy

Full-time, Exempt, Hybrid Position 

Reports to Executive Director

The Bishop’s Ranch is a self-supporting institution of the Episcopal Diocese of California located in Healdsburg, California whose mission is to share a place of rare beauty through hospitality that nourishes spirit, body, and mind. 

The Ranch is a unique gathering place that provides hospitality for retreats, conferences and other gatherings of groups and individuals. Our goal is to provide these services in a personal, relaxed but efficient way that enables guests to reach their goals for spiritual, personal, and organizational growth.

The Ranch seeks a Director of Philanthropy to spearhead fundraising for The Ranch. The ideal candidate will embrace the Mission, Vision, and Values of The Bishop’s Ranch, understanding who we are and the importance of our work, while being equally committed to relationships and results. 


The Director of Philanthropy will work with the Board of Directors, Executive Director and committee of dedicated volunteers to plan, coordinate and execute all aspects of fundraising for The Ranch. This position leads and directs all fundraising initiatives, and organizes and manages activities to increase The Ranch’s major gifts programs, increases support from the community, identifies new opportunities to obtain ongoing support from individuals, public and private organizations, corporations, and faith communities. 

The Ranch seeks a motivated, organized, relational fundraiser with a demonstrated record of securing major gifts to grow The Ranch’s fundraising to over one million dollars within 12-36 months, meeting our annual fund, endowment, planned giving, and capital campaign goals. The ideal candidate is passionate about our mission and enjoys working in a fast-paced dynamic team environment. They will bring the ability to multitask along with a high level of organization and communication skills to the position.

Partnering with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Key Volunteers, the Director of Philanthropy will: 

1. Oversee Successful Annual Fundraising Campaigns

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual fundraising plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including: individuals, faith groups, organizations, foundations, corporations, etc. with results-oriented plans to execute a successful Annual Fund Campaign, Major Gifts Program, Grants, and Legacy (Planned) Giving Program. 
  • Identify and capitalize on funding opportunities aimed at strengthening program offerings, operations, and organizational viability as well as manage the annual fundraising plan and budget to ensure that The Ranch’s long term and annual fundraising goals are met. 
  • Implement activities that ensure all fundraising work is effectively planned and implemented, including creation and management of fund development tracking systems; and oversee staff responsible for maintaining records. 
  • Maintain existing relationships with and funding from grantors, research and write new grants, and maintain all records and reporting required by grantors. 
  • Provide monthly reports to the Executive Director and The Ranch’s Board of Directors that measure progress towards achieving the plan.  
  • Work with staff to continue to develop and strengthen a culture of philanthropy to inform and cultivate guests as donors. 

2. Create, Implement and Oversee Major Gifts Program  

  • Create and implement strategies for donor development and cultivation that provide a diverse and sustainable funding base for The Ranch.  
  • Segment donor types, create portfolios for key solicitors (e.g. Executive Director, Board of Directors, Ranch Ambassadors, and other key volunteers), support solicitors with data and resources to aid in cultivation and moves management.
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors of all types, develop strategies for solicitation, and solicit or coordinate solicitation by staff, board or volunteers, as appropriate.  
  • Identify and pursue new sources of public and private funding.  
  • Develop Legacy Society (planned gifts) and Acorn Society, and Alumni

3. Oversee all Fundraising Operations

  • In coordination with Communications and Marketing staff, develop and implement all aspects of direct donor mailings, appeal letters, and other donor mailings, and collateral materials to support gift cultivation.  
  • Supervise Part-time Database Administrator to ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate.  
  • Keep up-to-date on current fundraising programs, practices and procedures used in the nonprofit sector and inform the leadership of items that would benefit The Ranch.
  • Ensure that all gifts and donations are appropriately acknowledged in a timely manner. 
  • Oversee data and generate reports as needed, including but not limited to the Annual Report, and Donor Acknowledgements. 

4. Other Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and others on goal setting and long-range planning to implement The Ranch mission.
  • Drive fundraising activities to support future capital campaigns. 
  • Provide verbal and written reports as requested. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned. 
  • Work as an integral member of The Bishop’s Ranch staff, building strong collegial relationships to accomplish fundraising goals and The Ranch mission.


The qualified candidate will be a graceful and effective fundraiser focused on relationships and results who is able to demonstrate experience and/or traits in the  following areas:  

Commitment to Mission 

  • A passion for the mission, vision and values of The Bishop’s Ranch. 
  • A deep commitment to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Knowledge of the theology and values of The Episcopal Church preferred.
  • Religious tolerance and sensitivity required.
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship.

Fundraising and Professional Experience

  • BA/S preferred (MA/S Degree a plus) with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations or related field. 
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) strongly preferred.
  • Experience and contacts in the greater San Francisco Bay Areas a plus.  
  • Relevant experience managing and working in a complex, multi-faceted environment. 
  • Ability to use good judgment in decision-making and other matters, as appropriate. 
  • Strong listening and communication skills.
  • Business acumen to ensure that revenue and expenses are effectively maintained within the operating budget. 
  • Ability to focus on details and manage projects to completion. 
  • Well developed interpersonal and human resource management skills. 
  • Passion for success and results. 
  • Personal values consistent with the values expressed in this document.
  • Is comfortable working in a rural, ranch setting.

Software and Technology

  • Bloomerang
  • Google Suite
  • Microsoft Office
  • WordPress
  • Instagram and Facebook


  • Salary $100,000-115,000 depending on experience
  • 100% Employer Paid Premiums for Health Insurance, Vision and Dental
  • 403(b) plan with employer matching of up to 9%
  • Hybrid work environment

Application online form.