Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Director of Foundation Giving

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Published: November 10, 2017
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading non-profit research and public policy institutes.  We seek to reduce poverty and inequality while achieving federal and state fiscal responsibility.  The Center has earned a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes. Supported by private foundations and individuals, CBPP top areas of expertise include federal and state budget and tax policy, health care, social insurance, and a range of safety-net programs important to low-income people.

The Center raises its annual $30 million budget from numerous institutional funders, donor-advised funds, and individuals, with the largest share coming from national foundations in grants that range from $20,000 to several million dollars.  Many members of the Center’s senior staff interact with our funders regularly.

The Director of Foundation Giving will coordinate and help manage the growing number of relationships with foundation leaders and program officers, as well as the increased number of proposals and reports required to sustain this funding. He/she will collaborate with the Vice President for Development and three full-time proposal and report writers and will contribute significantly, as well, to rigorous process of writing and editing over 150 proposals and reports annually. He/she will also manage the process of foundation research and stewardship for our funders. This position requires an experienced, strategic and results-oriented development professional who thrives in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization.

This position reports to the Vice President for Development.

The Director of Foundation Giving will:

  • Exert leadership, creativity, and enthusiasm for attracting and maintaining foundation grant funding;
  • Develop strategies to secure prospective new funders and to make a case for sustained or increased support from current funders;
  • Collaborate with program staff to develop strategies that attract funding for priority areas of work and new initiatives;
  • Ensure that documents reflect the overall work and mission of the Center and are strong and compelling;
  • Write and edits a significant share of proposals, reports, or other material, and facilitate the review process of all foundation documents;
  • Coordinate and keep open lines of communication regarding the interactions with the Center’s President, Vice Presidents, Board members and others involved with our foundation funders;
  • Ensure compliance with deadlines for all proposals and reports (narrative and financial);
  • Oversee foundation grant data entry and contact notes in SalesForce, in collaboration with Development Grants Coordinator;
  • Oversee a strong program to cultivate donors, including conference call briefings, email updates, and other stewardship activities;
  • Work closely with program staff to build relationships with foundation program officers;
  • Lead and manage new foundation research in coordination with a Development Associate to help create a robust pipeline of prospective new funders; and
  • Keep abreast of funder-initiated conferences and funder affinity group meetings and facilitate Center attendance when appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Minimum of six years’ experience with foundation fundraising; preferably for social justice or public policy organizations;
  • Strong skills in prospect research, strategy development and communication within the development department, and across the organization;
  • Proven ability to build relationships with funders, exercising discretion and collaboration;
  • Very strong written, verbal, and analytic skills; proven success writing foundation proposals and reports on complex topics;
  • Superior interpersonal skills; organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage up and across the organization;
  • Facility with donor databases; preferably Salesforce;
  • Proven capacity with online prospect research tools;
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals on time;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, trouble-shoot, and meet short-and long-term deadlines; and
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office and preferably, cloud-based document sharing such as SharePoint and One Drive.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including generous health insurance, dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement accounts, MERP, DCAP, and a generous vacation and sick leave policy, as well as most major holidays.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing sample to, subject line: CBPP Director of Foundation Giving.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls. 


The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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