Associate, Foundation Relations - 12 Month Assignment

Start Early
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 30, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Employment Type
Part Time

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) is an energized, future-focused organization devoted to providing quality early learning and care across the country. 

 Our desire to close the opportunity gap and create more equitable early learning experiences for our youngest learners guides everything we do. As a leader in early learning and care, we scale our deep expertise across program, policy and research through partnerships across the country. 

This opportunity is a 12 month assignment and we are recruiting individuals who want to join us in this mission and share a commitment to our core values of appreciation & respect, empowerment, diversity, excellence, learning and communication


Become part of our rewarding, mission-driven culture. We want our employees to feel empowered, motivated, energized, and passionate about the work they do. 

Working on the Development team, you will build strong donor management and relations, including acquisition, cultivation and stewardship strategies, in order to secure private revenue to resource Start Early’s strategic priorities.


The Associate, Foundation Relations, seeks, secures, and stewards funding from foundation donors by writing proposals and grants, managing proposal and reporting projects, and supporting cultivation and stewardship of existing and new relationships with foundation donors. Grant portfolio focuses on complex partnerships and innovative program, policy and research solutions to ensure every child is ready for kindergarten and beyond.


Reporting to the Assistant Director, Foundation Relations you will:

  • Serve as a lead or supporting writer on grant proposals and reports for donors to support ongoing and new programs. Create stewardship plans and manage the proposal/reporting cycle. Inform appropriate staff of grant requirements and reporting deadlines.
  • Support cultivation and stewardship of existing and new relationships with donors by identifying appropriate touchpoints and engagement strategies, drafting correspondence with donors, and developing meeting prep sheets and follow-up materials.  Conduct research to support the development and management of prospect cultivation strategies.
  • Schedule and participate in cross-divisional meetings to build a knowledge base for writing proposals, reports, meeting prep sheets, e-mails and concept papers for projects and funders.
  • Collaborate with finance and program staff to develop and manage budgets and budget narratives for grant proposals and reports.
  • Oversee the maintenance of calendars, timelines, grants information and electronic and hard copy files of correspondence; enter, update and maintain donor and prospective donor information in the Development database and other electronic records.
  • Manage multiple development projects, including the development of concept papers, prospect profiles and moves management strategies and systems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, Journalism or related field.
  • Minimum two (2) years in non-profit fundraising with experience in proposal writing, foundation and government relations, grant reporting and budget development or similar industries.
  • Advanced grant writing and editing skills with exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Advanced project management skills to balance multiple large-scale projects and deadlines simultaneously

Our generous benefit plan includes: 

Comprehensive Health Plans, Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Holistic Wellness Program, Professional Development Program, 401k Contribution, Paid Volunteer Days, 6 months paid parental leave and much more. 

Start Early is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by creating an inclusive environment for all staff.


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