The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.
The Institutional Giving Manager will report to the Vice President of Development and in close partnership with the SVP and Chief Development Officer, the Institutional Giving Manager participates in a comprehensive corporate and foundation fundraising program for the YMCA of Greater New York’s youth education programs. Responsibilities include identifying new funding opportunities while renewing existing grants whenever possible; communicating directly with foundation representatives to discuss potential requests; and preparation of well-written grant proposals, applications, reports, budgets and other correspondence.
- Manage and grow a fundraising portfolio of foundation donors, focusing on support for K-12 education, including teen leadership and college readiness programs. Due to the multi-faceted nature of the Y’s K-12 educational programs, funding opportunities should also align with specific curriculum strands that could also include career development opportunities, health activities and community engagement initiatives.
- Execute writing assignments as directed, including writing highly competitive K-12 grant proposals and applications, budgets, gift acknowledgments, donor correspondence, internal briefing memos and grant reports and adhering to all deadlines.
- Manage stewardship of active grants in the fundraising portfolio, including check-in calls with foundation program officers, invitations to site visits and the Y’s signature events and any other activities that will strengthen the relationship between the Y and its grantors.
- Develop strong relationships with foundation grant officers.
- Manage foundation prospecting efforts; participate in the ongoing expansion of the donor base at all levels through prospect identification and screening and research.
- Participate in developing the fundraising strategy for the overall annual corporate and foundation goal as well as specific K-12 programs and projects.
- Track and report on portfolio performance metrics and prepare regular update reports, measuring progress toward goal against projections.
- Work collaboratively with Youth and Community Development, Public Affairs and Finance colleagues to develop program descriptions, budgets and other materials as required for proposals and reports.
- Represent the Y as needed at foundation meetings and CFR sector events and professional development activities.
- Proactively follows current events, public policy and maintains an in-depth knowledge about subjects that are important for persuasively positioning the YMCA of Greater New York’s programs, services and projects, particularly in the K-12 education space.
- Other activities and duties as needed that address the ongoing health and well-being of our staff and members.
- Follow and maintain sanitary habits in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Desired Skills & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or minimum 3-5 years of grant writing experience with heavy focus and success in securing K-12 grants
- Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (or a related field), a plus
- Familiarity with funding opportunities and application processes in the K-12 space and experience identifying scalable and creative solutions within existing Y programs that may align with the objectives of various Foundations.
- Excellent judgement along with strong and flexible critical thinking.
- Proficiency in database programs required (Salesforce, Blackbaud, etc), as well MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Working knowledge of research resources for foundation fundraising.
- Desire to be part of a dynamic, fast-paced, collaborative, results-oriented team.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and prioritize multiple deadlines.
- Excellent organizational skills with a high attention to detail.
- Healthy appreciation for the Y’s mission.
- Excellent writing and communications skills required. Finalists will be required to submit 3 writing samples (including at least 2 grant proposals) and complete one short writing exercise during the final interview.
- Ability to manage a portfolio of prospects and oversee both grant writing and building and maintaining relationships with institutional prospects and donors.
- Solid quantitative skills to work on budgets, the narratives about those budgets, and required financial reports.
- Ability to understand and articulate institutional accomplishments and goals.
- The intelligence, maturity, and sound judgment necessary for interacting with a variety of constituencies (including corporate and foundation representatives and senior leadership of the Association Office) and for developing new initiatives in consultation with appropriate Y staff members in a variety of offices and departments.
- Proven time management skills with the ability to anticipate and manage multiple deadlines effectively.
- Strong budgeting acumen for preparation of grant proposals and reports.
We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity.
How to Apply:
If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.
If you are a current YMCA employee, please submit your application through the Internal Career Site in Cornerstone.
** New Requirement**
All potential YMCA of Greater New York employees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please use the “Additional Attachment” section on the online application to upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
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