Foundations Manager

ActionAid USA
May 17, 2019
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
$60,000 - 70,000



ActionAid USA (AAUSA) is a member of the global ActionAid federation, whose mission is to advance social justice, poverty eradication, and gender equality across more than 50 countries. We strengthen the capacity, skills, and agency of people living in poverty and exclusion so that they can assert their own rights, hold power to account, and transform the structural causes of inequality and injustice.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, ActionAid was the first international non-profit to root itself in the Global South, alongside the majority of our community partners. Today, we continue to push progressive boundaries. We approach our work through the lens of power and support marginalized groups to reclaim a more equitable balance of rights, resources, and opportunities. As a feminist leadership organization, we believe that women, youth, indigenous peoples, and other excluded groups belong at the forefront of their own movements for change, supported by those who, like ActionAid, stand in solidarity. ActionAid invests in feminist leadership and social justice internally by taking a critical eye to our own power structures, policies, practices, and culture to continuously challenge patriarchy, imperialism, white supremacy, heteronormativity, and all other forms of oppression. In our work and in our office, we strive toward inclusivity, intersectionality, and critical self-reflection.


Position Title: Foundations Manager

Reports To: Director of Development

Purpose: The Foundations Manager will work closely with the fundraising team, the senior management team, and other AAUSA and ActionAid International staff to support both US and global programs by strengthening AAUSA’s foundation fundraising strategy, stewarding and growing relationships with current foundations funders, and identifying and cultivating new funders.

• Establish and maintain strong relationships with foundation prospects and donors.
• Conduct prospect research to identify new potential supporters.
• Develop and implement donor cultivation and stewardship strategies, including face to face meetings with foundation Program Officers.
• Work with program teams in the US and across the globe to write, edit, and submit concept notes and proposals.
• Support editing of donor reports as needed.
• Advise and support AAUSA and international staff in engaging with and soliciting grants from US foundations.
• Maintain annual revenue projections.
• Maintain excellent donor records.

Highly Desired
• Extensive knowledge of US foundations
• Proven ability to raise funds from foundations
• Excellent proposal writing, editing, and budgeting skills
• Prospect research experience
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Strong organization and time management skills
• Knowledge of US laws, regulations and best practice governing non-profits and 501(c)(3) organizations
• General knowledge of international development and poverty issues
• Commitment to the values of ActionAid USA (e.g., feminist leadership, inclusivity, intersectionality)
• BA or 5+ years in a Foundations Management/comparable development role

• Experience working within multiple accountability structures
• Experience working with varied cultures and nationalities

AAUSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Application Process: Email resume or CV, cover letter, and writing sample to:
Salary range $60,000-70,000 commensurate with experience. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Please no phone calls.


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