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Director of Foundation Relationships, International Aid

International Samaritan
Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 27, 2024

Position Summary:

We seek an experienced and dedicated Director of Foundations to lead our efforts in securing funding and support from private and public foundations to support our international programs. The Director of Foundations will be pivotal in developing and maintaining relationships with foundations to secure the funding necessary to advance our mission.  This position will be measured based on revenue performance.

Organizational Background: International Samaritan is a Christ-centered organization grounded in Catholic Social Teaching. Our mission is to walk hand-in-hand with people living or working in communities around the garbage dumps of developing nations, along with those with a calling to help, to break the chains of poverty, and to improve our lives together. In 2023-24, we will have 900 scholars receiving holistic scholarships with us as our primary lever for achieving our mission.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Foundation Relationship Building:
    • Identify, research, and target potential private and public foundation partners that align with the organization's mission and objectives.
    • Cultivate and nurture relationships with foundation program officers, trustees, and decision-makers.
  2. Grant Proposal Development:
    • Working in collaboration develop compelling grant proposals tailored to the interests and guidelines of foundation partners.
    • Collaborate with the program teams to gather data, stories, and information necessary for grant applications.
    • Ensure grant applications are submitted on time and in compliance with all requirements.
  3. Grant Management:
    • Oversee the administration of grants, ensuring that all grant reporting requirements are met and deadlines are adhered to.
    • Maintain comprehensive records of grant applications, approvals, and rejections.
    • Communicate and coordinate with program teams to track progress and outcomes of grant-funded projects.
  4. Stakeholder Engagement:
    • Act as the primary point of contact for foundation partners, providing regular updates on the impact of their grants.
    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment and delivery of programs and projects promised to foundation partners.
  5. Financial Goal Achievement:
    • Develop and manage an annual budget for foundation fundraising initiatives.
    • Partner with the E.D. to set and achieve fundraising targets, ensuring that the organization's financial goals are met through foundation contributions.


  • Bachelor's degree in nonprofit management, business, or a related field (Master's preferred).
  • Proven track record of successful foundation fundraising and relationship-building for an international organization.
  • Strong understanding of the grant-making process and foundation landscape.
  • Excellent communication and grant writing skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proficient in relationship management, negotiation, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with grant management software and databases.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
  • Prefer local candidates but consideration will be given to highly qualified remote candidates.

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