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Grant Writer

The Grant Writer will play a central role within the Philanthropic Partnerships and Influence (PPI) Team in contributing to the organization’s efforts to secure resources and advance the mission of Thousand Currents. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Development, the PPI team, and cross-organizationally, particularly with the Global Programs Team, to identify and research funding prospects, lead proposal development, develop compelling fundraising collateral, and steward a portfolio of relationships to sustain core unrestricted support. The ideal candidate comes with a program or learning and evaluation background, strong writing skills, and knowledge content in one of TC’s thematic areas, climate justice, food sovereignty, or economic justice.

The core responsibilities of the Grant Writer are centered on the following:

Content Development: Researching, Writing, & Revising (60%)

  • Drive cross-organization, cross-team development of donor materials, including by working closely with various programs team, learning and evaluation team, and finance team members to collect necessary information and synthesize in a compelling and accurate way for donor audiences.
  • Identify and research sources of potential funding to bolster the pipeline of prospective sources aligned with Thousand Current’s work. Think strategically about new donor collateral needed to communicate our mission, vision, and impact.
  • Draft compelling narratives for funding proposals to secure revenue for general operating support and special programs.
  • Draft analytical reports that clearly describe goals achieved as well as metrics and milestones, providing analysis of the objectives and achievements .
  • Use compelling writing to convey powerful stories about the work that movement partners are doing and the wins they achieve along the way.
  • Ensure all proposals, reports, and supplemental materials are completed on schedule and in compliance with grant requirements.
  • Develop content knowledge related to thematic areas for Thousand Currents as needed to strengthen proposals and other content.
  • Manage online proposal submissions, including translating online forms into accessible working documents for internal collaboration.
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of Thousand Current’s priorities, programs, and goals.

Relationship Management (20%)

  • Manage relationships with a portfolio of foundations and other institutional funders, maintaining an engaged relationship and ongoing insights into funding priorities.
  • Serve as the organization’s primary contact for a portfolio of institutional donors.
  • Execute timely thank you calls and emails to a portfolio of institutional donors.
  • Steward their portfolio through sending strategic program updates, engaging in key philanthropic spaces and facilitating periodic update calls.
  • Maintain an accurate record of stewardship steps and contact information for the mid-level donor cohort in the Salesforce database.
  • Collaborate with the team to meet goals in both stewardship and cultivation of relationships.
    Perform other related duties as assigned and/or requested.

Management & Administration (10%)

  • Lead the development of resources and processes to facilitate internal collaboration, effectiveness, and impact, including:
    • Create timelines and manage project plans that allow for meeting multiple, often competing deadlines.
    • Develop formal, internal processes for grant writing operations, ensuring efficiency and transparency for the entire life cycle of each funder.
  • Work with the Global Programs Team to gather and maintain content and program narratives that make a strong case for funding.
  • Support the tracking and administering of grants.
  • Assist in preparation for funder meetings, reviews, and evaluations; participate as appropriate.

Participate in organization-wide learning, cross-program partnership, and administrative efficiency (10%)

Along with all other staff, this position contributes to Thousand Currents’ culture of teamwork and continuous learning and does what it takes to ensure that Thousand Currents staff collaborate and support each other within and across programs and excel in an environment where every member takes care of their own basic administrative needs. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Showing up fully for learning and planning activities, including staff meetings, retreats, trainings, planning, and strategy sessions;
  • Pitching in when needed for organization-wide activities, such as the Thousand Currents Academy, annual events, fundraising drives, partner visits etc.
  • Supervising and project management of relevant volunteers and interns, and ensuring that they have a positive learning experience at Thousand Currents; and
  • Managing your own regular administration, including timely submission of receipts, reimbursement requests, scheduling, travel planning, ling HR paperwork etc.

Grant Writer: Learn more & apply

 

Senior Director, Philanthropic Partnerships

Thousand Currents seeks an exceptional individual to join our philanthropic partnerships team as the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. The Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships develops and implements comprehensive strategies to secure funding from institutional and individual donors. The successful candidate brings a successful track record of delivering significant income growth from individual and institutional funding, experience in team management, coaching, and mentoring, alongside the ability to work efficiently, collaboratively, and flexibly as part of a diverse team in a global organization. Importantly, they will have a deep commitment to Thousand Currents’ mission and values, as well as knowledge of climate justice, food sovereignty and/or economic justice.

The core responsibilities of the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships are centered on the following:

Strategy (20%)

  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships define the organization’s fundraising strategy with particular focus on achieving our 10 year strategic goal to move $250 Million to movements in the Global South.
  • Provide strategic and creative leadership in raising approximately $25M in annual contributed revenue through foundations and Support the development of our planned giving program over time.
  • Create a strong and compelling case for support each year, aligned with organizational goals and strategy and inform our ongoing outreach to steward long-term relationships and cultivate prospective funders.
  • Oversee the growth of the individual giving program, which identifies and cultivates new donors and stewards deeper relationships with current donors.
  • Supervise the development and implementation of Thousand Currents’ strategy to identify, research, cultivate and steward institutional giving partnerships to grow a diverse and stable institutional donor base.

Fundraising (60%)

  • Define annual fundraising goals, workplan, and clear deadlines with the Philanthropic Partnerships team.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships and Influence as well as the Chief Executive Officer, partner on major gift strategies and solicitations, including setting objectives around annual giving.
  • Guide and advise organizational and program staff to identify, research, cultivate and steward relationships with both current and prospective foundation funders.
  • Supervise and edit reports and materials produced by staff, and as needed, write a targeted selection of proposals, reports, and other institutional informational products.
  • Support the annual giving cycle, with targeted and creating year-round solicitations.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships and Influence and the Director of Communications in telling the Thousand Currents story and creating strong collateral and related materials for fundraising activities
  • Work with the Vice President of Finance to manage the department budget and communicate progress on revenue goals.
  • Represent Thousand Currents in conferences and meetings to raise profile and thought leadership of the organizations in field-wide conversations.
  • Oversee building up of systems and ongoing management of clear and complete Salesforce records.

Team Management (15%)

  • Promote a positive organizational culture of quality performance and continuous learning, experimentation and improvement
  • Thoughtfully navigate power differentials, inviting feedback and practicing self-awareness
  • Clearly communicate expectations and delegation of roles, decision-making processes
  • Provide guidance and coaching to direct reports, along with timely, useful feedback that supports progress toward their performance goals.
  • Effectively support flow of information from the team to the organization and the organization to the team
  • Support consistent application of organizational policies, identifying gaps or challenges requiring further attention
  • Model and facilitate practices of care and support for realistic workloads
  • Model Thousand Currents’ values

Organization-Wide Activities & Administrative Efficiency (5%)

  • Build collaborative relationships with staff across the organization in ways that facilitate progress toward organizational priorities
  • Show up fully for organizational activities, including staff meetings, retreats and trainings;
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Team members to integrate cross program activities and functions and ensure alignment and consistency in staff management and experience;
  • Pitch in when needed for organization-wide activities, such as the Thousand Currents Academy, annual events, fundraising drives, partner visits etc.;
  • Manage regular personal administration, including timely submission of receipts, reimbursement requests, scheduling, travel planning, filing HR paperwork etc.

Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships: Learn more & apply

 

Equal Opportunity Statement

Thousand Currents is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.