Development Grant Writer for PDR Swimming

PDR Swimming
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events
Health, Youth
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Part Time

Position Summary


PDR Swimming, a nationally renowned program, seeks a part-time grant-writer. PDR is a 50-year-old program with a proven track record (see below). The successful candidate will help PDR transition from a nascent non-profit to a sustainable organization with diversified and recurring sources of revenue.


Organization Description


PDR – Pride, Determination, Resilience – is a Philadelphia-based swim team that provides youth and young adults, ages 5 and older, with access to competitive swimming at age group, national, and international levels. Since 1971, the team has provided a healthy environment and fostered self-confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, leadership, and academic achievement. Through PDR, families from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds come together to build community and grow in their commitment to one another.


PDR has produced qualifying swimmers for the US Olympic Trials. Founding Coach Jim Ellis is a legend, named one of the 30 most influential people in the sport of swimming for the last 30 years. The movie Pride, starring Terrence Howard, was based on Jim's life.  Coach Ellis was inducted into the International Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2019.


Ellis, a math teacher, formed the PDR (Philadelphia Department of Recreation) Swim Team in 1971. PDR was one of the first African American swim teams in the country. The team, originally located in West Philadelphia, moved to the Marcus Foster Recreation Center in 1979 and, in 2010, moved to the Salvation Army Kroc Center’s (SAKC) newly built pool. After nearly a decade as SAKA, in 2019 the team reclaimed it’s original name, “PDR”, which now stands for Pride, Determination, and Resilience. Detailed biographies for each of the team’s five coaches can be found on the team website:


PDR has been registered as a 501c3 organization since 2019. Additional information and articles about the team can be found at the links below. 


Key Responsibilities


This focus of this initial engagement is on grant writing. Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include, but not be limited to:


·         Request/research/organize relevant PDR background material

·         Craft basic case for support materials

·         Identify and conduct basic research on 20-25 foundation and corporate prospects, and deep research/ prioritization/ strategic recommendations for 10-12 qualified prospects that are each capable of giving at the $5,000+ level

·         Within a 12-month period, submit 10-12 grant applications

·         Collaborate with peer development professional(s) focusing on alumni/friend appeals and capital campaigns


Key Attributes/Experience


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:


·         Awareness of the foundation, corporate, and individual non-profit donor landscape in and around Greater Philadelphia

·         Prior experience writing grants and conducting donor appeals

·         Familiar with local/regional government policy related to youth and neighborhood development

·         Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and basic graphic design

·         Ability to build and nurture personal relationships with a diverse range of people/ personalities

·         Self-confidence and internally motivated. Possess a strong work ethic, collaborative work style and proactive attitude.

·         Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia a plus.

·         Experience with youth athletics and/or youth development programs is a plus.


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