Program Officer, Rapid Response Fund | Groundswell Fund
Groundswell Fund is a public foundation that resources intersectional, solidaritybased grassroots organizing work that centers Black women, Indigenous women and other women of color including Transgender women of color. We fund within many social justice movements and are 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, transgender people of color, and gender nonconforming people 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: primarily Black and Brown women, including transgender women of color 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.
Since 2003, Groundswell has moved more than $60 million to the field in grants and capacity building support; increased the giving of dozens of national and local foundations; and helped bring thousands of new individual donors into the RJ movement. Our grantees have been instrumental in the passage of more than 250 pro-RJ policies at the state and local level and in blocking many regressive policies, and they have built a growing grassroots base of support for RJ across the U.S. In 2017, we expanded our funding to support multi-issue organizing led by WOC and transgender people of color across other social justice movement sectors, from environmental and economic justice, to immigrant and LGBTQ rights, and on. We also launched a 501(c)(4), Groundswell Action Fund, now the largest c4 fund in the country centering WOC-led c4 work.
The Program Officer is responsible for managing Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund and supporting other grantmaking as needed. A significant part of the role will involve managing the day-to-day needs of the Rapid Response Fund that makes grants on a monthly basis. The role will also include conducting ongoing outreach, relationship building, and strategic communications to ensure resources are reaching historically under-resourced communities and geographies. The Program Officer will work closely with the Senior Director of Grantmaking, fellow Program Officers and Program Associates, and the Capacity Building Team to move resources to the field and support grantees in a timely manner. All Groundswell Fund Program Officers play an important role in the field of philanthropy by generating increased visibility and resources for reproductive and social justice movements.
As more people wake up to the power and potential of grassroots organizing led by women of color and TGNC (transgender and gender non-conforming) people of color, our foundation finds itself in a moment of growth! We’re looking for talented, experienced individuals eager to join a collaborative team that’s working to organize resources to back up the brilliant leadership of our grantee partners.
We know it’s important that our staff have deep connections and experience with the diversity of people, organizations, and movements our work supports. As such, we especially seek applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and LGBQ folks.