Executive Director

After 5 years of leadership at Bolder Giving, we're excited to wish our outgoing Executive Director Jason Franklin the best of luck as he prepares to move to Michigan to become the first WK Kellogg Chair in Community Philanthropy. The board of directors of Bolder Giving has launched a search to find the next leader who will continue to grow, evolve and expand the work of Bolder Giving to inspire and support people to give.

About Bolder Giving

Bolder Giving seeks nothing less than to transform the collective culture of giving and expand philanthropic giving. Our mission is to inspire and support people to give to their full lifetime potential toward a just and sustainable world. Guided by a commitment to environmental, social, economic, and racial justice, we aim to spark a groundswell of philanthropic generosity and support people across the economic spectrum to:

• Give More - increase their giving as a percent of income, assets or business profits;

• Risk More - shift how they give by exploring opportunities to give collaboratively, to communities most in need, to social change and entrepreneurial efforts; and

• Inspire More - spark discussions about giving with others and share their giving stories to provide a catalyst for new conversations.

Founded in 2007 by Anne & Christopher Ellinger and building on their 25 years of donor organizing experience, Bolder Giving focuses its work on collecting and sharing the stories of amazing Bold Givers to inspire others and providing the tools and support to help people translate that inspiration into action. In 2010 Melinda Gates credited Bolder Giving as an inspiration for the Giving Pledge and the Gates Foundation awarded a three-year scale up grant to the organization. That funding enabled Bolder Giving to bring on its first full-time executive director and over the last five years, Bolder Giving has continued to grow, developed a robust and diverse range of programming, and expanded its reach across the US and internationally. Now, Bolder Giving seeks a new Executive Director to sustain and focus this programmatic growth, to strengthen the organizational infrastructure needed for our next stage of development, and deepen our engagement with our Bold Givers and partners in the field to advance Bolder Giving’s mission.

About the Executive Director Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day activities and managing relationships with staff, board members, donors, Bold Givers, partners, and the public. The Executive Director, along with the Board, has ultimate responsibility for effectively carrying out Bolder Giving’s mission and ensuring that the organization is fiscally and programmatically sound. He/She must be an outstanding communicator who is able to effectively convey the mission and activities of Bolder Giving to a number of constituencies. He/She will be responsible for raising the organizational budget; hiring, supervising, and motivating Bolder Giving’s small but highly engaged staff; working with the board to chart the future of the organization; engaging Bold Givers and partners to advance the conversation about giving big; and ultimately serve as a leader in the field of philanthropy helping to advance the principles of Bolder Giving.

Ideally, the Executive Director will have proven senior-level managerial, strategic planning, networking, consulting, fundraising, and organizational development experience. We are looking for a leader with credibility and experience in the philanthropic and/or donor education communities who is an inspiring speaker with the ability to connect and engage Bolder Giving’s broad spectrum of constituents. A commitment to Bolder Giving’s values and mission is essential.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to the “BG Executive Director Search Committee” at [email protected]. In your cover letter, please tell us specifically what excites you about Bolder Giving's mission and about your involvement in philanthropy and donor education. For your writing samples, we're looking for lively, clear, persuasive writing that is friendly and informal in tone - please do not send academic writing. NO PHONE CALLS. Please reference “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we will only be able to contact those candidates whose skills and backgrounds best fit the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a goal to identify our next Executive Director by late spring/early summer. Bolder Giving is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ identified individuals, and persons with disabilities to apply. Bolder Giving does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other factor prohibited by law.

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