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 Public Square and Just & Inclusive Society 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 Just & Inclusive Society Program includes:

an initiative aimed at strengthening the social infrastructure for marginalized communities, with a special focus on Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) and immigrant communities;

plans for a new initiative to build power and support leadership development in communities of color; and

an exploration into ways of weakening the power and influence of authoritarian opponents of an inclusive, multi-racial democracy.

Our Public Square Program includes:

initiatives to rebuild local news and journalism to meet the needs of diverse communities and hold the powerful accountable; and

initiatives to transform our digital civic infrastructure and advance civil rights online by holding tech platforms accountable and advocating for new public interest media policy.

The successful candidate will be part of our Philanthropic Partnerships team, work to grow both 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 Public Square, Just & Inclusive Society, 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 17:14:32 -0400