Grassroots Fundraising Manager | Chinook Fund

Grassroots Fundraising Manager
Denver, CO
Organization Name: 
Chinook Fund
Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 17, 2020

Organization Description:

Chinook Fund supports grassroots organizations working on issues of social and economic justice; by pooling our collective resources, we seed groups making a positive, systemic impact to improve the quality of life for all Coloradans. Since our founding in 1987, Chinook Fund has awarded over $3.2 million in grants to more than 350 grassroots groups in Colorado. The annual operating budget is approximately $500,000 with an endowment of $1.9M. The organization is poised for growth -- financially and programmatically, with aims to support more social justice initiatives across Colorado.

Chinook Fund is both a fundraising and grantmaking organization. We award small grants to grassroots organizations that build power for social change. Funds for these grants are primarily raised through the organization's Giving Project, which unites a diverse group of people from all class backgrounds to strengthen their fundraising, grantmaking, and community building skills. The Giving Project is an innovative model for funding social change and fostering leadership. It gives participants the opportunity to have intentional and transformational conversations about race and class, to experience the impact of collective giving, and to grapple with the tensions and joys of grantmaking.

Position Summary:

The Grassroots Fundraising Manager is a full-time, exempt employee and reports to the Executive Director. The position is responsible for implementing individual donor fundraising and donor organizing strategies. The position’s primary goal is to expand the base of individual donors and increase revenue from individual contributions through a variety of grassroots fundraising strategies.

Strategies include but are not limited to direct mail, email appeals, 1 to 1 fundraising asks, major gifts, Colorado Gives Day, events, and phone banking. The ideal candidate will be passionate about engaging and building authentic relationships with donors, volunteers and supporters, have experience with grassroots fundraising and community organizing, be goal oriented with a strong sense of initiative, and enjoy working in a collaborative environment.

This position’s efforts will have a direct impact in growing Chinook Fund’s budget as we implement our strategic plan, including sustaining and growing our Giving Project. We use a "donor organizing" approach to fundraising, rooted in the belief that everyone has the ability to give and the ability to ask for money. Donor organizing is a key strategy of the Giving Project and includes organizing people around their giving through values-based conversations, political education, and supporting donors to see their giving as a vehicle for systemic change. By developing the fundraising leadership of Giving Project members, Chinook Fund reaches many donors new to social justice. Cultivating Giving Project donors to make annual contributions to the general fund is a priority initiative for this position.


$47,000 to 53,000 depending on experience, plus benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, SEP IRA tax-deferred individual retirement account, and paid time off. Employer pays 100% of employee premiums and contributes 5% of salary to SEP IRA (SEP IRA begins after 3 months of employment).

To Apply:

Please see full job description attached and submit your cover letter and resume in PDF format to In your cover letter, please share why you are passionate about fundraising for social justice and what qualities you’d bring to this position. Priority will be given to applications received by February 17, 2020. The ideal start date is April 1. Flexibility will be given for the candidate with the best fit. References and writing samples will be requested from finalists.

Chinook Fund is committed to equity and diversity and to the recruitment and retention of people from backgrounds traditionally excluded from philanthropy, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities.