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Director of Grantmaking and Donor Services

Posted: 10/11/2021

Overview: The Director of Grantmaking and Donor Services serves as point of contact for THCF’s donor family of 700 funds, for whom THCF manages more than $65 Million in charitable assets, generating overall grantmaking of more than $5.4 million each year. This position is responsible for managing the grantmaking from all funds, including THCF’s annual competitive grants program for local nonprofits, which awards over $335,000 annually. The Director of Grantmaking and Donor Services also manages THCF’s community initiatives: Job Skills for New Careers, which provides no-cost technical and vocational job skills training to neighbors in need; and the Youth Advisory Council, our “school of philanthropy” for Eastern Jackson County high school students.

Reports to: President and CEO
Key Responsibilities
Provide Excellent Customer Service to Fundholders and Manage Weekly Grantmaking

  • Oversee weekly donor-directed grantmaking process, ensuring due diligence is done, all policies and procedures are followed, and grant requests are generally fulfilled within 7 – 10 business days
  • Ensure that donor inquiries are handled effectively, and phone calls and emails are generally returned within 4 hours
  • Provide excellent customer service and philanthropic advice to fundholders regarding grantmaking, the nonprofit sector and the needs they serve in the community, and other services of the Foundation
  • Manage Foundation-directed grantmaking from legacy and endowment funds
  • Conduct new fund welcome procedures including welcome letters and packets and onboarding calls/meetings with new donors to establish personalized service-based relationship
  • Serve as contact person for nonprofit fundholder partners and ensure ongoing positive relationship
Manage the Annual Competitive Grants Program
  • Provide excellent staff support to the Grants Committee and aid their decision-making process
  • Serve as contact person for the nonprofit community and ensure they are supported and informed during the application process
  • Conduct annual Grants Workshop ahead of application deadlines
  • Provide excellent event planning and management to ensure annual Grants Luncheon is well executed, has sponsorships secured, and is well attended
  • Engage Youth Advisory Council in annual competitive grants program
  • Coordinate grantee presenters for quarterly Advisory Board meetings
Assist President & CEO in Leading Job Skills for New Careers Initiative
  • Provide excellent staff support for the Job Skills for New Careers consortium, including meeting reminders, meeting minutes, and agenda preparation
  • Effectively collaborate with President & CEO and Committee Chair to provide strategic direction for the initiative
  • Assist with annual fundraising efforts to support the initiative
  • Oversee grantmaking in support of the initiative
Lead the Youth Advisory Council
  • Direct monthly team leader meetings and monthly large group meetings
  • Provide excellent event planning and management to ensure annual fundraising event and annual food drive are successful
  • Coordinate community service opportunities
  • Facilitate annual YAC grantmaking process
  • Organize YAC involvement in annual Toast to Our Towns Gala
Manage Lions Eye Program
  • Solicit annual donations from local Lions Clubs to provide eyecare for people in need
  • Oversee relationship with EyeCare Optical
  • Serve as contact for network of referring organizations
  • Manage grantmaking from the Lion’s Eye Fund
Approve all Donations to Foundation Funds
  • Utilize knowledge of Foundation donors and funds to ensure the accuracy of all donations to Foundation funds
  • Approve daily donation logs
Education: Bachelor’s degree  (nonprofit management or related field preferred).
Experience: 5 or more years’ experience in nonprofit management preferred. Must have experience in customer service. Experience in event planning preferred. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and able to learn new software applications with ease.
The selected candidate must have strong written, organization, and interpersonal communications skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Candidate must be able to work occasional events outside normal business hours and be able to lift 25-50 pounds.
Salary/Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience and will range from $60,000-$65,000. Health, 401-k retirement plan with company match, paid time off and 10 paid holidays.
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Phillip Hanson at Only emailed applications will be accepted. 


Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999