In less than four years, GFN has grown from a $2m to a $20m+ organization. During this same time period, the organization’s staff has doubled in size. GFN is seeking an experienced Foundation Relations professional with an entrepreneurial spirit interested in rolling up their sleeves and building foundation partnerships.
In this next phase of GFN’s expansion, we invite foundations to join us in building a global network of food banks to nourish the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks. To drive this effort, we are looking for a Director, Foundation Relations to grow those partnerships that invest in GFN and its food bank members. This is an externally-facing role for a skilled development professional who enjoys nurturing a shared vision and building long-term, collaborative partnerships.
The Director, Foundation Relations will be charged with primary responsibility for cultivating and growing foundation partnerships with the target to engage with at least five major foundations within a $3+ million portfolio within three years. This position will be forging revenue-generating relationships with partners within a five-person development team led by the Vice President of Development.
This person will help drive the strategy for foundation fundraising efforts, develop high-quality solicitation and grant materials, and ensure that GFN builds lasting relationships with foundation funders and prospects.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Strategy and Relationship Development
· Proactively design strategic plans for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
· Leverage the relationships and ideas of senior management, the GFN Board of Directors, and current partners to make solicitations more effective;
· Work closely with the Programs team to strengthen foundation partnerships by providing regular updates, tracking progress, ensuring accurate recognition across all aspects of GFN presence and collateral, and arranging site visits as requested.
The candidate will be results-oriented and committed to inspiring new and continuing partners to join the fight against global hunger and food waste. The ideal candidate will thrive on identifying, cultivating, and securing gifts with a demonstrated ability in building transformational relationships for sustainable revenue and impact. A highly adept and fluent communicator, the Director, Foundation Relations will cultivate relationships and introduce GFN’s work to new foundations. The Director, Foundation Relations will bring a strong command of fundraising best practices and tools. Must be program minded with understanding of research, reporting, implementation, and report dissemination. They will have an enthusiasm for raising money.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Position location flexible but reporting into GFN headquarters in Chicago, IL . Staff is working remotely during this health crisis.
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