Manager, Corporate and Foundation Giving

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1055 Washington Boulevard
4th. Floor
United States


Organization Background

Mill River Park Collaborative, provides the leadership and resources for the creation and maintenance of Mill River Park in Stamford, CT. The Collaborative is a public/private partnership of government, corporate and community interests who are committed to not only building an inviting and exciting park and greenway, but also assuring its’ enduring success.

Mill River Park is being built in phases. In 2006 we completed Mill River Playground with the help of 1,500 community volunteers. In 2009 we completed the River Restoration. In 2013, we completed Phase 1, the 12-acre central section of the park. In 2017, we opened an enclosed 4-season carousel pavilion. There are also plans for a seasonal skating center, fountain and park building, along with three additional geographic areas of the park to be built.

Job Description

Mill River Park Collaborative is seeking a talented fund raising professional to join its development team to lead the organization’s foundation and corporate efforts,managing a portfolio of existing donors, capitalizing on opportunities to upgrade gifts, and developing new funding relationships throughthe cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation grantors and corporate donors, with a goal of raising $300K+ annually. You will work in collaborative office environment with highly motivated staff who share a passion for people and nature, and who bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their non-profit work. The ideal candidate will have the ability to translate program strategy frameworks into compelling proposals and impact reports for institutional funders. 


Proposal Development and Grant Writing: 

Work with Development and Program teams to develop and write funding proposals and impact reports, and with Finance to develop program budgets and budget reports. Work with Program Director and Finance to gather data, information, and supporting documentation required to prepare and submit funding requests and grant reports.

Prospect Research: 

Conduct prospect research to identify new corporate, foundation and government funding opportunities that align with the organizations mission, initiatives, and programs.

Grants Management: 

Track and manage all proposal/reporting deadlines, submissions, and status updates within Altru. Inform relevant staff of awarded foundation grants or government contracts, deliverables, and reporting requirements and deadlines. Manage and draft acknowledgments when grants are awarded, and funding is received.


Develop compelling letters and appeals for Individual Giving and grant-related marketing materials.


·Bachelors Degree with 4 years of corporate and foundation giving and/or grant writing experience required, preferably in the open space/environmental sector (experience with government grant funding is preferred but not required).

·Must be a strong writer with proven ability to develop high-level, compelling proposals. Ability to quickly synthesize complex ideas and align them with funder priorities.

·Detail oriented with strong project management skills in planning, prioritizing, and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

·Must be flexible and open to changing needs and priorities.

·Experience and comfort with budgets and quantitative data is preferred.

·Excellent research, analytical, and communications skills.

·High level of confidence and ability to work independently as well as within a team structure; proven ability to work well with diverse groups of people in different departments and functions.

·Technology Skills: Altru, Google Suite and Microsoft Suite. Quickbooks a plus.

·Interest in parks, urban sustainability/ecology, environmental education/justice, and community driven arts programs.

Preferred Qualifications

·You are passionate, enthusiastic, and collaborative by nature

·You are mature, organized, and able to work on multiple projects with overlapping deadlines

·You are a skilled communicator and are inspired by mission-based work

·You have a great sense of humor – even when meeting tough deadlines


Benefits for full time employees include health insurancet, paid vacation, holidays, and a retirement plan.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.

The Mill River Park Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.