About Foundation for Louisiana
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a social justice philanthropic
intermediary founded in 2005 as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery
Foundation to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s
communities after Hurricane Katrina. While FFL was founded in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina, our founders recognized the need to
address the longstanding inequities that have shaped life outcomes
for the most marginalized of Louisianans. FFL’s work grew in
response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial justice,
climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic justice, gender
justice, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture via a
- Invest: FFL makes grants and loans to support
organizations and movements throughout Louisiana in our key program
areas. We attract and invest resources to support on-the-ground
projects, many of which can’t access traditional philanthropy.
Through fiscal sponsorship, Foundation for Louisiana also supports
innovative ideas responding to unmet needs throughout
- Build: We build power to effect change in Louisiana
communities. Our leadership programs convene community leaders and
provide training in organizing, policy change, leadership, public
speaking, and facilitation to tackle issues of climate change,
police accountability, health disparities, housing access, and
- Transform: By fortifying movements, we shift systems
and shape regional and national narratives. We re-imagine how our
communities are governed and funded in order to redefine how
residents are able to thrive in them.
Since inception, FFL has invested $55 million in more than 250
equity-centered nonprofit organizations working across the state
toward building a more just Louisiana. As a social justice
philanthropic intermediary, FFL’s work unapologetically advances
racial justice while moving Louisiana forward. FFL engages
communities in both program co-design as well as its grant-making
process, in order to expand opportunities and move communities
toward a more just future.
Foundation for Louisiana is looking for a dynamic and driven
fundraising professional to join our team as Donor Relations
Officer. The DRO will help FFL donors accomplish their
philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our
organization. This charismatic individual will develop and
cultivate FFL’s portfolio of individual donors, managing and
cultivating relationships with existing donor prospects, as well as
identifying new prospects, while working to increase donor
retention and giving levels. We are looking for a candidate
who brings relevant skills and interest to the role, maturity and
ownership of their work, and is looking for an opportunity to seize
a career-enhancing opportunity in a fast-paced, growing
organization working towards justice in Louisiana. Reporting to the
Vice President of Development and working closely with senior staff
and other key stakeholders, the Donor Relations Officer will play
an important role in driving FFL towards its $12M goal this year
and its ambitious growth ahead.
All Foundation for Louisiana employees are currently working
remotely. While the Donor Relations Officer can be based
anywhere in the state of Louisiana, the Donor Relations Officer may
have to go to the Baton Rouge and New Orleans office when
conditions allow. Office space is available in both Baton
Rouge and New Orleans; however, pandemic conditions are monitored
closely, and FFL observes all municipal, parish, and state
guidelines to prioritize the health and safety of our staff,
partners, and the communities we serve.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following is a summary of the duties required:
- Design and implement an integrated individual donor program;
grow and manage a portfolio of donors, from monthly donors to major
- Work with board members and senior leadership team to identify
new prospective donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward.
- Cultivate existing individual donors and encourage renewal,
retention, and increased support.
- Make direct solicitations through phone/ video chat, personal
visits, written proposals, appeal letters; assist the board and
other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio
development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor
- With team, develop solicitation strategies for donors /
prospects in support of the organization's general operations,
programs, and for specific giving campaigns; ensure strategies are
compatible and maximize opportunities with other existing
organization wide initiatives.
- Collaborate with manager and team on projections, solicitation,
and stewardship strategies.
- Manage ongoing donor acknowledgment, appreciation, and
recognition consistent with gift level.
- Maintain up to date knowledge of major programmatic
- Manage the creation and production of solicitation materials,
including (but not limited to) letters, emails, and more.
- Use development software, currently Salesforce, for donor
management and to track cultivation progress, progress toward
overall goals, and to keep other staff informed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition to having deep knowledge of Louisiana, and respect
for its people,
- An experienced fundraiser with a track record
of managing individual donor programs and securing major gifts. You
have the knowledge and ability to implement and manage a
comprehensive donor program, including a robust acknowledgment and
recognition plan. You know how to engage a variety of donor
audiences and tailor messages to align with a variety of giving
- A skilled project manager – You know how to
lead and implement a project from visioning to execution. You have
experience in planning and implementing giving campaigns. You have
the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with peers in
joint and shared efforts.
- An excellent relationship builder and
cultivator – You know how to network, forge connections,
and work a room. You can inspire generosity and motivate donors.
When necessary, you can represent FFL independently to potential
donors and make compelling presentations and requests for
- An accountable team player who can work
effectively and flexibly to produce high quality work products in a
fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. You practice strong
organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive
priorities. You can receive and integrate constructive critiques
and feedback into your work.
- Five+ years of successful fundraising experience in individual
and major gifts.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and passion for revenue
- Experience that demonstrates a commitment to anti-oppression
- Exceptionally detail-oriented written and verbal communication
skills that demonstrate the ability to write clear and compelling
content for donor audiences.
- Competency in systems management; experience with CRM platforms
- $76,000 – 84,000 annually plus a generous
benefits and PTO package, including:
- 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums
- Up to $50,000 employer-paid life insurance
- and a 403(b) retirement employer match
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a priority
date of March 3, 2023. No calls, please.
Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
Foundation for Louisiana follows an equal opportunity employment
policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color,
ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status,
military obligations, criminal justice background and marital
This policy also applies to internal promotions, training,
opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors,
members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and
consultants, grantees, board members and dealings with the general
For more information about Foundation for Louisiana
visit our website at www.foundationforlouisiana.org