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.
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
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
PDR has been registered as a 501c3 organization since 2019.
Additional information and articles about the team can be found at
the links below.
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
· Within a
12-month period, submit 10-12 grant applications
with peer development professional(s) focusing on alumni/friend
appeals and capital campaigns
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the
· Awareness of
the foundation, corporate, and individual non-profit donor
landscape in and around Greater Philadelphia
experience writing grants and conducting donor appeals
· Familiar with
local/regional government policy related to youth and neighborhood
computer skills, including Word, Excel, and basic graphic
· Ability to
build and nurture personal relationships with a diverse range of
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
with youth athletics and/or youth development programs is a