Job Summary: The Corporate and Foundation Grants Associate plays a key role in prospecting, stewarding, and securing new prospective grants, in support of DBL’s key programs and project needs and helping the organization meet its annual fundraising goals. This individual works in synergy with key staff within Development, Finance, and Program departments, to ensure that proposals are appropriately presented, tracked, and followed up on.
Duties and Responsibilities
Foundation and Corporate Grants
Plan and coordinate a program of identification, research, solicitation, and stewardship for corporate and foundation grant makers
Plan, coordinate and write proposals, including research, data collection, budget, and supporting materials, in collaboration with program directors
Through regular meetings, calls and attending programs, build relationships with the program managers and their staff.
Work with the Chief Development Officer, CEO, and individual Program Directors to identify priorities, needs and new programs to pursue through grant opportunities.
As needed, assist Chief Development Officer on special grants including annual United Way grant submission and reports and Combined Federal Campaign application(s).
Create and maintain a spreadsheet tracking all grants in the cycle each year, including annual funding opportunities, application guidelines, deadlines, and current status on active grants.
In addition to required grant reports to foundations and corporations, create a touch-point system to strengthen relationships between DBL and Foundation staff.
Develop annual budget for foundation and corporate grants in coordination with Chief Development Officer and members of senior leadership team.
Coordinate site visits related to grant submissions, including Chief Development Officer, CEO, Program Directors, and other key staff when deemed appropriate.
Work with the Chief Development Officer and Development Manager to identify and cultivate corporate partners that have interest and capacity to invite funding proposals through their foundation and philanthropic entities.
A passion for the work of Dogs for Better Lives and a desire to be part of a team that is making a positive and impactful difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or at least 5 years of relevant experience.
Two (2) or more years of successful grant writing experience for non-profit organizations.
Knowledge of regional/national corporate and foundation community. Knowledge of government grant opportunities a bonus.
Experience in and/or knowledge of human service programs and issues such as autism, hearing loss, mental health, people with disabilities preferred.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Ability to function independently and in concert with other staff, board members and volunteers.
Outstanding interpersonal communication skills.
Proven project management experience working with internal and external constituents.
Advanced skill level in Microsoft Office Suite, Foundation Directory Online, and database management systems.
Maintain high level of integrity, confidentiality, ethical standards - assumes personal responsibility for scope of position.
Passionate about DBL’s mission and able to promote and communicate their philosophies to external and internal partners.
Additional Salary Information: TBD
About Dogs for Better Lives
Company Overview: Dogs for Better Lives’ (formerly Dogs for the Deaf) mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs rescued or bred and all people served. Dogs for Better Lives trains and places Assistance Dogs with clients throughout the United States and is supported by a nationwide donor base. Recognized nationally as a premier nonprofit organization, Dogs for Better Lives has been acknowledged by several prestigious organizations including: Oregon Business’ 2018 “Oregon Top 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For,” top-rated (by donors) organization with GreatNonprofits (2018), and has a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.
With nearly 40 employees on site in Central Point (OR), Dogs for Better Lives and its staff enjoy nearly 200 days of sunshine annually in southern Oregon, making it a destination for outdoor and quality of life enthusiasts of all kinds. Located in the Rogue Valley, employees enjoy close proximity to Medford International Airport, accessibility to major hospitals, hiking trails, golf courses, and ski areas with full availability of all amenities of a big city without the congestion.