Chief Development Director | Groundswell Fund

Chief Development Director


Groundswell Fund is the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement. For more than a decade, we have enabled foundations and individual donors to increase the impact of their giving by offering a different kind of philanthropic model. Different in who we are: A program staff of women of color who come directly out of community and labor organizing and have a combined 70+ years of grassroots organizing and civic engagement experience within communities of color; a board comprised of grassroots leaders shaping strategy alongside funders and donors. Different in who we support: Women of color (WOC), low income women, and transgender people who are organizing at the grassroots. Different in how we support the field: not just through grants, but also through capacity-building support focused on boosting grassroots power, and funder organizing that lifts up our grantees to a larger audience of funders and donors who can move resources to their work, whether or not these resources come through our doors. Groundswell moves at least 80 percent of the dollars that come in our doors back out to the field.

Position Summary:

The Chief Development Director is responsible for leading the Funder Organizing Department and working closely with the Executive Director and key externally facing staff to raise an annual budget of approximately $16M across Groundswell’s 501c3 and 501c4. This is a top leadership position in the organization that serves with the ED, CFO, and Director of Programs on the Guidance Team (Executive Team). The Chief Development Director is focused on supporting the growth and stewardship of Groundswell’s vibrant and engaged individual donor and foundation funder community and leading a high impact and cohesive team. This includes ensuring that measurable goals, clear work plans and calendars, and a budget is in place for the department on an annual basis. The Chief Development Director will supervise staff and consultants to ensure impeccable quality and timeliness of grant proposals and reports, gift/grant tracking and acknowledgement, and all donor/funder correspondence and communications; to execute successful fundraising events; and the maintenance of the donor database. The Chief Development Director will also be responsible for cultivating and expanding a portfolio of high-level individual donor relationships.

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