Jobs: Director of Foundation Giving

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The Director of Foundation Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with the Regional Directors, Legal Department attorneys and members of the Communications Department to expand Lambda Legal's national and local foundation funding and further position our unique value to the LGBT and HIV movements.


Core duties include cultivation and solicitation of Foundation Programmatic staff through both written and verbal communications that uniquely align Lambda Legal's work with their organizational goals and mission. The Director will carry significant national management responsibilities within the Development Department in all areas pertaining to foundation revenue. They will work with other staff and volunteer leadership committees to plan, support, and increase foundation funding.

Minimum of 5-7 years foundation experience demonstrating a history of success with managing multiple projects at once. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and a proven ability to write under deadline pressures.

Knowledge of Excel, Word and fundraising software (preferably Raiser's Edge) is required.


  • Cultivate and manage key relationships with Foundation leadership and program staff; as required, establish relationships with family foundations.
  • Manage the creation and copy-editing of foundation proposals and reports.
  • Develop content and review with appropriate program staff and Development Director.
  • Secure sign-off on proposals and reports.
  • Proactively research and seek out new foundations and funding opportunities.
  • Oversee the development and updates of proposal attachments, including budgets, income statements, etc.
  • Ensure that proposals and interim reports adhere to required due dates and timetable.
  • Monitor financial management of grant funds to ensure consistency with grant agreements.
  • Track progress of programs/organizational work as they relate to specific foundation/institutional funders towards organizational and programmatic outcomes and goals.
  • Provide writing support for the Development Department for various publications, letters, and other projects. as necessary.
  • Maintain and update the Development Department's "Docket Summary" document.
  • Oversee foundation acknowledgments.
  • Oversee consultant(s), as needed.
  • Other duties, as required.


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale. Benefits package includes medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.


The position is open until filled. Send resume and cover letter to Hiring Manager, at  Include the words, “Director of Foundation Giving” in the subject line of your email.  Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, transgender people, and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.