Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Kansas Area Foundation Seeks Director of Legacy Giving

Job Title: Director of Legacy Giving

Job Type: Full-time, Exempt

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation, located in Hutchinson, Kansas, is seeking a full-time Director of Legacy Giving to join our team. This position will work closely with the President and CEO to grow our legacy giving programs in partnership with United Methodist churches and organizations across Kansas.


The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation seeks to help people of faith leave a lasting legacy to transform lives for generations to come. The Director of Legacy Giving serves this purpose in planned giving and donor development with existing and prospective clients, as well as partnering with United Methodist churches and affiliate organizations in developing their legacy ministries. The position will also work to help resource local churches toward financial health.

Legacy Giving

  • Strategically engage with key leadership of local churches to develop and grow legacy giving ministries for their local church. Coach local churches in best practices to provide for a lasting legacy for future generations.
  • Develop and execute strategies to identify and cultivate relationships with individuals for the purpose of establishing planned gifts, such as Permanent Endowments, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts, and Donor Advised Funds in collaboration and cooperation with the President and CEO.
  • Respond to inquiries and meet with donors, prospects, and congregational members, and their advisors in one-on-one or group settings. Help donors clarify their philanthropic goals and find ways to realize those goals.
  • Identify, cultivate, and retain qualified prospects and donors for gifts.
  • In collaboration with the Foundation team, plan and execute donor and prospect-focused events, including professional seminars for planned giving.

Resourcing Local Churches toward Financial Health:

  • The Foundation seeks to be a hub of resources to support the ministries of our churches and affiliate organizations, connecting them to the strengths and resources they need provided by the Foundation and other partners. In partnership with other Foundation staff, the Director of Legacy Giving will identify, cultivate, and retain church relationships for the purpose of providing various financial resources needed for local churches to thrive.
  • Occasionally present and/or preach to a congregation about stewardship and planned giving.


  • Helping people leave a legacy is a calling that will change the life of both the giver and those that receive the gifts. It is sacred work that brings transformation for all involved based on an assumption of generosity and faith. The qualified candidate will humbly receive and commit themselves to this unique ministry.
  • The Director of Legacy Giving should demonstrate sound judgment, high integrity and respect for confidentiality, approachability, initiative, and the ability to understand complex issues and challenges.
  • Candidate should be familiar with the unique complexities of helping a local church or related organization develop a Permanent Endowment and Planned Giving Ministry Program, and have the organizational savvy to help local churches make progress.
  • Candidate should be able to think strategically about donor development and effectively build relationships with donors, churches, and committee members. Candidate should have knowledge of estate planning and instruments offered through the Foundation.
  • Know and administer the legal recordkeeping requirements for fundraising and documenting planned gifts. The required skills include the ability to work independently, research and analysis, communication and project management.
  • Bachelor’s degree and five years professional experience in development or a closely related field is required. Demonstrated ability to raise funds from individuals and in-depth knowledge of planned giving is required. Prior nonprofit experience is strongly preferred. A CFRE designation is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with the United Methodist Church and its ministries is preferred.

Travel: A significant amount of travel is involved; must have a valid driver’s license and personal, reliable transportation.

Salary/Benefits: Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation offers a benefit package including health insurance, paid time off, ten paid holidays, and a 7% retirement plan.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Rev. Dr. Dustin Petz, President & CEO, at dpetz@kaumf.org. Only email applications will be accepted. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

100 E. First Ave., Hutchinson, KS 67501 • www.kaumf.org • (620) 664-9623