Foundation Relations Associate

For nearly 20 years, Groundswell Fund has put intersectional grassroots organizing led by women of color, including transgender and gender expansive people of color, at the center of our giving. We have provided an essential irrigation system for social justice movements – a channel into which individual donors and foundations can pour resources to reach vital work at the grassroots. In the process, we have modeled and manifested a remarkable kind of philanthropy.


With over a thousand individual donors and 40 national foundations giving into Groundswell; women of color and transgender and gender-expansive people of color who come out of grassroots organizing deciding where those resources go; and over 250 grantees led mostly by WOC and transgender and gender-expansive people of color receiving our support; Groundswell is proof that solidarity and beloved community across lines of race, class, and gender is indeed possible.


Building on our 17-year track-record of success ($100M in grants and capacity-building moved to the field thus far), in December 2020, Groundswell launched our new 2020-2025 Blueprint to move $100M to the field (through our c3 and c4 entities) by 2025. The Blueprint offers a pathway for Groundswell to stay the course in our existing successful strategic direction and to innovate in response to new learnings and the unique needs of this historic moment.



As part of the Funder Organizing Department, the Foundation Relations

Associate works with the Senior Foundation Relations Manager, Grant Writer, and Director of Funder Organizing to support Groundswell’s community of institutional funders and other philanthropic partners. This position will manage the day-to-day operations and administration of the institutional fundraising program as well as provide support for all funder outreach, engagement, and stewardship efforts.


Candidates should have a deep alignment with Groundswell’s mission and values as well as interest in a career in foundation relations, fundraising, or nonprofit operations. This role requires a detail-oriented, flexible, and energetic individual with a high degree of professionalism. To thrive in their position, the person we hire must be self-motivated with excellent time management abilities, strong verbal and written communication skills, and the capacity to work independently and as part of a team.






Click here for more information or to apply. Please include a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter that includes your salary expectations and describes why you feel you are a strong candidate for this position. Accepting applications on a rolling basis, with applications received by July 21 or until the position has been filled. If you have questions, please email [email protected] (please do not reach out to individuals). Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further discussion will be contacted. Please, no phone calls.

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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-07-07 16:14:23 -0400