Regional Philanthropy Fellow


This 18-month position is designed as an opportunity for high-level, experiential training and development in the community foundation field through leadership and support of significant projects across all facets of Pride Foundation’s work: executive, programs (including grants, scholarships, and initiatives), donor engagement and stewardship, regional organizing, and communications.

The Regional Philanthropy Fellow will work as an integral part of each team to accrue a strong working knowledge of all components of operation for a regional community foundation. The Fellow will have a particular focus on work happening in Oregon, to gain more in-depth knowledge of the application of Pride Foundation’s work in one of the five states we serve. The Fellow will also be provided with external professional development opportunities available to other Pride Foundation staff.

The Regional Philanthropy Fellowship will be supervised by the Executive Director, and specific assignments during the Fellowship will be supervised by lead staff members within each area.



The fellowship is offered through a partnership with the Momentum Fellowship Program at Philanthropy Northwest (please see for more information). In addition to opportunities at Pride Foundation, the fellows will be part of a regional Momentum Fellowship Program learning and networking cohort with peer fellows from other participating foundations. This will include participation in quarterly cohort meetings, coaching sessions, and mentoring/training opportunities.



Receive training and provide both leadership and staff support related to a range of foundation activities as assigned by the lead staff member, in addition to participation in Momentum Fellowship cohort meetings and mentoring/training sessions. Activities representative of work may include:


  • Collaborate with Pride Foundation’s program and regional staff to coordinate logistics, review process for grants, initiatives, and scholarships, with a focus on programs in Oregon.
  • Support a portfolio of organizations and students in applying for funding from Pride Foundation.
  • Recruit, facilitate, and support team of volunteer reviewers for grants and scholarships.
  • Review and evaluate grant applications and conduct site visits.
  • Communicate Pride Foundation’s funding priorities throughout Oregon and the Northwest region.
  • Support applicant and recipient communications.
  • Promote grantee and scholar recognition, and assist with coordinating regional events.

Support and Develop Local Leadership

  • Support Pride Foundation regional staff in Oregon to identify, cultivate, and support community members and groups for long-term engagement with local work.
  • Support regional staff, and in some cases project manage, community-building activities across Oregon working on LGBTQ equality issues.

Raise Awareness

  • Support communications team in generating articles, blog posts, media releases, letters, emails, speeches, and other communications sharing details of Pride Foundation’s work throughout the region.
  • Support regional staff to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with LGBTQ and allied organizations throughout Oregon and the region.
  • Participate in local and regional coalition building groups, sometimes serving as a convener and facilitator of these groups.

Foster Donor Relationships and Partnerships

  • Support Pride Foundation development staff in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current and prospective donors.
  • Work with development staff to carry out all fundraising events and activities, including event planning and production.


  • Support Executive Director and all staff in carrying out strategic plan.
  • Attend Board of Directors and sub-committee meetings as appropriate.



  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
  • Strong commitment to LGBTQ equality.
  • 3-5 years professional experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with high-level volunteers, board members, donors, and staff as a team leader, team player, and project manager.
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments and tasks in a timely manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with the trans* community and on issues facing trans* people a plus
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis.
  • Fluency with MS Office suite and Outlook preferred.



Salary is dependent on experience. The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a generous benefits package.



To apply for this job position, please submit your application online at
fellowship-application no later than 5 p.m. on June 3, 2015. Your application should be uploaded to the Philanthropy Northwest site as a single PDF file. Please name your file [YOUR LAST NAME_POSITION TITLE].



Pride Foundation is a regional community foundation that inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Through grants, scholarships, and other initiatives, Pride Foundation has invested more than $50 million in hundreds of nonprofit organizations, local leaders, and student scholars since our founding in 1985.



Philanthropy Northwest is the network for philanthropists of all types who are committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We promote, facilitate and drive collaborative action by community investors to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities.

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