Director of Philanthropy & Programs

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The Denver Foundation

Published 13 days ago

November 25, 2020
$85,000 - $100,000

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The mission of The Denver Foundation is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. As Colorado's oldest and largest community foundation, we've been taking care of the future since 1925. We help generous people create charitable legacies and give back to the community through Community Grants, The Denver Foundation supports community groups and nonprofit organizations in the seven-county Metro Denver area with an ongoing commitment to reducing disparities and promoting equity for the most vulnerable members of our community. The Denver Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The Denver Foundation’s Impact Group is responsible for delivering exceptional outcomes to drive the Foundation’s community leadership. The group is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation’s revenue development, donors stewardship, grantmaking, and leadership activities around public policy, evaluation and learning, and philanthropic leadership and engagement. The Impact Group is dedicated to leveraging philanthropy and generosity to help create a more racially equitable community, in which all residents have the opportunity for a high quality of life and a voice in their futures.


This position is a frontline fundraising and community engagement position. The Director of Philanthropy & Programs will supervise a team of relationship managers, who collectively with the Director, Vice President, and Chief Impact Officer are responsible for annual revenue development and the community grantmaking program. The Director will manage a portfolio of tier-one donors and grantees, and lead relationship managers to implement new strategic directives for personalized, high touch donor/family engagement, while promoting and elevating giving in communities of color. The Director will also oversee grantmaking activities for community impact from the Fund for Denver and field of interest funds to further the Foundation’s strategic goals for leadership and a racially equitable community.


Department leadership & management:

·      Provide oversight and supervision to the relationship management team to deliver on impact goals for annual revenue and grantmaking, including annual revenue of $75MM+, community grantmaking of $3.5MM, and the integration and leveraging of aligned giving between DAFs and the Foundation

·      Contribute to building and sustaining a positive departmental and Foundation-wide culture that supports a commitment to team goals and core values, and that fosters the development of individual leadership, accountability, and continuous improvement

·      Ensure that racial equity values are integrated into fundraising and grantmaking through support for the EPIC program; equity-centered grantmaking; and fostering a culture of inclusiveness

·      Oversee collaboration and information sharing from colleagues throughout the Impact Group to optimize and leverage the Foundation’s leadership, expertise, and learning in the community for external communications, donor-specific impact reporting, events/convenings, and, in collaboration with Communications, broad external audiences

Donor services and revenue development:

·      Steward a portfolio* of donor-advised fund holders and prospects to provide excellent customer service and hands-on personalized support in their philanthropy, driving the Foundation’s revenue, endowment, and co-investment goals

·      Identify and cultivate new donors and gifts of all types to the Foundation, elevating the Foundation’s value proposition for engaged philanthropy through personalized services, impactful products, and donor/grantee connections

·      Work with VP and the Director of Philanthropic Advisor Programs to identify, implement, and evaluate opportunities for greater donor engagement and donor/grantee integration

·      Collaborate with Impact Group colleagues to identify opportunities for co-investment and develop programs and processes for bringing donors and grantees together

·      Collaborate with the Director of Engaged Learning and with Communications staff to elevate stories of impact for the community and for donor-facing communication pieces and processes

·      Work with the Vice President and CIO to evaluate fundraising, donors services, and grantmaking strategies and develop annual work plans and budgets

Community Grantmaking and nonprofit relationship management:

·      Lead effective grantmaking for community grants and field of interest fund (non-special handling)

·      Oversee coordination of funding cycles and process management. This includes but is not limited to overseeing grant cycles, proposal review, follow up discernment, providing funding recommendations, and coordination of approval and declinations

·      Participate with Impact Group colleagues on refining protocols for grant review, including developing, documenting, and maintaining internal systems for grants portfolio under purview

·      Grantee relationship management. This includes but is not limited to maintaining relationships with grantees, and assessing annual progress

*Donor and grantee portfolio distribution will vary to align with the skills and expertise of the relationship management team and the implementation of a new donor segmentation plan.


·      At least seven years of experience in fundraising and/or donor service, including major gifts

·      At least four years of experience supervising/managing high performing teams

·      Understanding of and experience with nonprofit management, evaluation, and efficacy, including by not limited to RFP development, evaluation, and review

·      Structural & Cultural/Racial Equity Analysis: Fluency in social, political, structural, and historical factors contributing to inequities

·      A learning orientation that’s focused on building a continuous improvement and learning culture through assessment of outcomes and promoting organizational change

·      Experience and understanding of charitable deductions and gift planning vehicles and motivations

·      Experience with committee facilitation and management for grantmaking or impact programming

·      Strong interpersonal and relational skills

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·      Excellent problem-solving, organizational, and time management skills

·      High level of confidentiality and professionalism

·      Clear customer service orientation towards all external and internal stakeholders

·      An unwavering commitment to racial equity

·      Belief in the model of community foundations

·      Commitment to the philosophy of the Impact Group, bringing together all philanthropy at the Foundation

·      Ability to build relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures


·      Experience in planned giving and with complex gifts

·      Experience working in communities of color in philanthropy or nonprofit development

·      Experience in grantmaking and nonprofit evaluation and support

·      Knowledge of Blackbaud and or other CRM software for moves management purposes

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The position is based in an office environment with a mix of private offices and cubicles.


·      Daily communication via phone.

·      Frequent extended hours in front of a computer screen with or without accommodations.

·      Occasional carrying of objects up to 20 pounds.

·      Regular group and public speaking.

·      Occasional activities occurring outdoors


·      Must be authorized to work in the United States


OTHER DUTIES: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time.

THE DENVER FOUNDATION’S ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Denver Foundation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services.

The Denver Foundation practices and champions inclusiveness in our community. We honor the diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community. Candidates from traditionally marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The mission of The Denver Foundation is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. As Colorado's oldest and largest community foundation, we've been taking care of the future since 1925. We…

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The Denver Foundation offers a competitive benefits package including paid time off, retirement contribution, tuition assistance, and medical, life, and disability insurances. 

The Denver Foundation offers a competitive benefits package including paid time off, retirement contribution, tuition assistance, and medical, life, and disability insurances. 


1009 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203

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