Officer, Foundation Relations

Boston Children's Hospital | Boston, Massachusetts

Job Summary

The Foundation Relations Officer is responsible for:

  • Working independently and as part of the Foundation Relations team to research and identify prospects, building the donor pipeline, developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies, submitting proposals, and ensuring appropriate and timely stewardship of foundation gifts. 
  • Assisting with advancing key initiatives as well as managing activities that further the goals of the foundation relations program as assigned.
  • As a member of the Foundation Relations team, assisting in managing and building the donor pipeline for the team including new prospect discovery.
  • Generating revenue consistent with the goals of the Hospital and Trust, and in accordance with a metrics-based framework for fundraising. 
  • Managing the RFP (request for proposal) program and a prospect pool of foundations capable of making gifts of $25,000 or more to achieve annual revenue of $500,000.  Managing and initiating all activity related to these prospects consistent with moves management principles. 
  • Assuring appropriate, timely and ongoing stewardship of donors, as appropriate. 
  • Working closely with AVP, Foundation Relations and Sr. Director to build and nurture effective working relationships with senior management, clinicians, researchers and volunteer leadership to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward foundation donors, locally and nationally.
  • Writing, drafting and editing letters, proposals, reports, acknowledgments, case materials, briefings and donor correspondence when appropriate for hospital and lay leadership. 


To qualify, you must have:

  • The knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts typically acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree, plus two years post‑degree course work in philanthropy and non‑profit management, and a minimum of five years previous development experience, preferably in a mid‑ to high‑volume development department.
  • Minimum of three to five years previous experience writing and editing significant philanthropic documents such as grant proposals, foundation stewardship reports, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and communication skills in relating to management staff and donors.
  • The analytical skills to resolve problems through innovative application of high levels of specialized development knowledge, plus the ability and desire to improve, enhance, and upgrade existing development systems and programs.
  • Strong technical skills in Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Microsoft, PowerPoint) and information systems, and the ability to develop proficiency in specific data base management systems.


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations