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  • Cedric Watkins is a father, uncle, entrepreneur-in-training, and a vital community pillar for many others. While behind bars, he has tirelessly devoted himself to serving his peers and his community. He developed gang disaffiliation programs for other incarcerated individuals and is currently involved with Defy Ventures. He sends letters and calls his daughter as much as he can.

    Cedric is currently in prison at Sterling Correctional Facility. He was convicted of aggravated robbery, burglary, kidnapping, theft and sentenced to 80 years; no one was seriously injured or killed. For comparison, a person convicted of second-degree murder in Colorado faces a maximum sentence of 48 years. Cedric has already served 20 years and has fully rehabilitated during that time.

    It’s time to bring Cedric home: Redemption is real. Clemency is compassion.

  • On November 21, 2016, 13 Aurora police officers responded to a simple noise complaint at Alberto Torres’s home. As happens all too often, Aurora police officers escalated this minor issue into a brutal affair. They beat Mr. Torres solely because he delayed exiting his garage to ask his wife to interpret for him. With that beating, the lives of Mr. Torres and every member of his family were changed and he has yet to recover. ACLU of Colorado fought to obtain justice for Mr. Torres, and Aurora has now paid him $285,000. But money is not justice, and the brutality of the Aurora Police Department against people of color has continued unabated.

    It doesn’t have to be this way.

    Imagine, if instead of 13 officers being dispatched to Mr. Torres’s home for a noise complaint, the City of Aurora sent a civilian-led response team to check on his welfare and ask that he and his friends lower their sound, resulting in a non-violent solution to a minor issue?

    ACLU Settles Case With Aurora After Police Brutalize and Unlawfully Arrest Alberto Torres

  • Hope is a discipline. It’s a commitment that together, we can create a more perfect union. We won’t rest until we fulfill the promise of equal rights for ALL people in the United States.

    Join us in our fight to fulfill this promise and move forward with hope by donating to the ACLU of Colorado. Your donation supports the ACLU’s strengths that make our work effective and collaborative.

    Donate now at

  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

Development Coordinator

American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU-CO) seeks a dynamic, experienced and talented Development Coordinator. This full-time, salaried position will be based in Denver.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost defender of constitutional rights and civil liberties. ACLU of Colorado, the Colorado affiliate of the ACLU, is the state’s guardian of freedom, working in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across the state to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all. Founded in 1952, ACLU of Colorado is a strong, growing organization with thousands of members, supporters, and activists. For more information about the work of ACLU of Colorado and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit our website at

The Development Coordinator advances ACLU of Colorado’s strategic priorities by effectively ensuring the smooth administration of the organization’s development operations to raise funds for the organization. This position works with our legal, public policy, communications, and campaigns departments, and reports directly to the Director of Philanthropy. ACLU of Colorado is a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment and requires the ability to multitask effectively and complete tasks individually as well as in a team.

Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion

ACLU of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

ACLU of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.




Job Responsibilities

Development Support:

  • Enter and maintain records in the donor and membership database, including entry of gifts, contact and research information;
  • Generate timely acknowledgments and donor correspondence;
  • Create fundraising reports and various mailing list reports;
  • With the Deputy Director and Staff Accountant, report gifts for deposit; charge and process credit card memberships and donations; reconcile all receipts with accounting system on a quarterly basis; and complete annual reconciliation process with the National office;
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy development files;
  • Lead representative of the ACLU of Colorado with Community Shares, Community First Foundation, and other workplace giving programs, including updating our profile on those programs sites;
  • Coordinate with Administrative Assistant on completing annual recertification process for Community Shares and annual profile update for Community First Foundation;
  • Proofread/edit and draft appeal letters, development newsletter articles, portions of the annual report, and other written development materials as necessary;
  • Schedule meetings for development staff;
  • Help manage development volunteers and interns;
  • Assist with production of development materials and special projects;
  • Maintain and convey an understanding of the ACLU’s structure, programs and work; and
  • Maintain a positive and encouraging environment for co-workers and volunteers.

Major Gifts Program: Assists the Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts Officer, Executive Director, and Deputy Director with efforts to secure major gifts by:

  • managing a mid-level group of donors;
  • helping to create and maintain the major gifts portfolio;
  • creating and maintaining donor proposals, profiles, and preferences;
  • conducting donor and prospect research;
  • preparing donor packets and materials;
  • making thank you phone calls to mid-level donors; and
  • preparing and sending out mailings.

Special Events:

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and execution of the annual dinner;
  • Help to select and manage appropriate vendors needed for events;
  • Coordinate and produce all mailings for annual dinner, including nominations, sponsorship and invitations;
  • Solicit sponsorships for dinner from law firms, organizations, and individuals;
  • Maintain guest lists, including contact information, and adding participants to database;
  • Handle event RSVPs;
  • Assure event record-keeping is integrated into database system;
  • Facilitate event follow-up by distributing correspondence, gifts, photos, if applicable;
  • Facilitate providing organizational guidance regarding event planning (sample thank you letters, informational material, etc) for board members and third parties; and
  • Provide support for other fundraising related events that may occur.


  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel;
  • Experience using databases and email software;
  • Detail-oriented with strong follow through, demonstrated ability to solve problems, ability to meet tight deadlines and manage resources effectively;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a busy office environment;
  • A creative, flexible, detail-oriented self-starter;
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor;
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with donors, volunteers, staff, board members, and the general public;
  • A profound and well-articulated commitment to civil liberties and the mission of the American Civil Liberties Union;
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.

Compensation And Benefits

Approximate salary range is mid-forties, in accordance with parameters of the nationwide ACLU and the Denver area nonprofit sector and taking into account skills and experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, 401k contribution, and paid vacation and holidays.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, and references in an email with “Development Coordinator, ACLU of Colorado” in the subject line to No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, which will not be before August 5, 2019.

For more information about the work of ACLU of Colorado, please visit our website at

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