Development Manager, Partnerships (E & I)

Democracy Fund is a foundation working to defend American democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. Created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund has made more than $200 million in grants to support free and fair elections, a vibrant and diverse public square, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. In addition to grantmaking, Democracy Fund advocates for better solutions and works with partners to grow philanthropic support for our democracy. To learn more, visit and



Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations that defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open, just, resilient, and trustworthy. We believe that experimentation, learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of any system, whether it is our organization or the American political system. As grantmakers, we focus on listening and being of service to our grantees, who are visionaries and our collaborators, and on ways we can more deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as values central to the success of our work and mission.  

The Philanthropic Partnerships team works to bring new resources and leadership to the democracy field in the hopes of expanding its reach and potential. Using Democracy Fund’s expertise, rigor, and systems approach, the Philanthropic Partnerships team helps donors strategically invest in innovative, successful nonprofits working to strengthen our democracy.

Democracy Fund is seeking a Development Manager to join the Philanthropic Partnerships team to manage a fundraising and partnership development portfolio that supports our Elections and Governance programs. These two programs are central to the organization’s mission and critical to achieving an inclusive, multi-racial democracy that is open, just, resilient, and trustworthy. A major element of Democracy Fund’s strategic vision, the Development Manager role and the Philanthropic Partnerships team do not raise funds for our foundation but provide a service to the fields in which we work.

Our Elections Program, which seeks to create more free and fair elections, includes initiatives aimed at promoting voting rights, developing a modern system of election administration, and defending against attempts to sabotage and undermine our election system.

Our Governance Program, which seeks to create more representative and accountable governing institutions, includes initiatives to prevent and hold government accountable for abuses of power and explore ways of developing a more representative political system by changing its rules and structures, as well as diversifying the composition of its leadership.  

The successful candidate will be part of our Philanthropic Partnerships team, work to grow its infrastructure and influence, and serve as a trusted advisor who can seamlessly manage shifting priorities and stakeholders across our growing network. The role requires a demonstrated track record of cultivating donor relationships, developing fundraising strategies for complex program areas, and securing six-figure gifts.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and collaborates closely with the Elections, Governance, and Communications teams, as well as with senior leadership across the organization.


Salary range begins at $101,740.50 per year.


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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-05-26 17:10:16 -0400