Foundation Relations Associate


The Philanthropy Roundtable - Downtown Washington, D.C. or Remote Position

About Philanthropy Roundtable: The Philanthropy Roundtable is a well-established organization in the philanthropic sector, serving as a resource for hundreds of donors and foundation leaders. Its mission is to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom, and help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.

The Roundtable is undergoing an exciting period of change. In 2019, the board of directors approved a new strategic plan that outlines an ambitious vision to build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society. A new President and CEO took the helm on June 1, 2020, and is leading the organization toward its five year goal: to be recognized, among individual donors as well as foundations, as the leading champion of philanthropic freedom, and more widely known and utilized as a trusted resource for philanthropists seeking to advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.

With this goal in mind, the Roundtable is growing its development capacity to create a robust and vibrant community of philanthropists who believe in the Roundtable’s vision, mission, and guiding principles and value the organization’s efforts to protect and advance philanthropic freedom.

Since 1991, The Philanthropy Roundtable has served individual philanthropists and foundations that are refining their philanthropic strategies to maximize the impact of their resources, as well as emerging donors and entrepreneurs who are developing their philanthropic plans. The Roundtable is the leading organization in the United States focused on promoting and defending the power of private giving and the means to create wealth to make charitable giving possible.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Foundation Relations, the Foundation Relations Associate serves as a content creator for grant solicitations, grant reporting, and other development products. The Foundation Relations Associate proactively collaborates with staff members across The Philanthropy Roundtable to gather relevant information needed for writing compelling appeals for support. This staff member may also interact with professional staff at foundations while preparing documents to help support the work of the Roundtable.

This position is based in Washington, D.C.; we will also consider exceptional candidates based in other locations for virtual employment.

Job Duties:

  • Write high-quality, compelling, and successful letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and grant reports. This team member may create documents using existing language but will also be called upon to synthesize complex information and draft new text about a specific project
  • Assist with copywriting and editing other development team materials, as necessary
  • Periodically interact with foundation staff during the preparation of grant materials
  • Record and retrieve development information in the donor database
  • Work with the Development Coordinator to ensure the accuracy of development records
  • Collaborate with staff members across the organization to gather relevant information needed to write compelling grant materials

Special Skills/Preferences:

  • Two to five years of professional work experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrable success in crafting exceptional written documents
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized with an ability to manage the details of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to consistently meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate well with multiple staff members to complete projects
  • High standard of honesty and strong ethics
  • Endorses and is motived by the guiding principles, mission, and vision of the Roundtable
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong computer skills; excellent command of MS Office, Outlook Teams, and Zoom; experience with a CRM database (Microsoft D365, Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is a plus

Travel: Up to 10 percent of the time. All travel will be domestic.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, including your interest in the Roundtable’s vision, mission, guiding principles and your salary requirement; a resume; and a professional writing sample of up to three pages (no college papers, please) to Suzi Marchena, Director of Finance and Human Resources, at smarchena@PhilanthropyRoundtable.org.

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