Job description

GRANTS Manager, Effective Philanthropy

Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Location: Remote

Reports to: Chief Effective Philanthropy Officer


Taproot Foundation was founded in 2001 with this guiding principle: ensure nonprofits have access to the critical organizational support they need to survive, thrive, and impact our communities. During our 22 years of service to nonprofits, our community of over 37,000 skilled volunteers has served over 19,000 social change organizations, logging over 1.9 million hours of service worth more than $300 million. Learn more about our history of impact in Taproot’s most recent impact report: A Look Back At 20 Years.


The Office of Effective Philanthropy secures philanthropic funding to advance Taproot Foundation’s mission through evidence-based strategies. Through innovative, community-based approaches, the Office of Effective Philanthropy works with internal and external partners to address root cause challenges faced by nonprofits, with a focus on maximizing longitudinal and sustainable social impact.


The Grants Manager for Effective Philanthropy will be a key member of the Taproot Foundation team, responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with major foundation and select individual funders. They will develop and implement engagement strategies to support the organization's revenue goals, maximizing the impact of philanthropic efforts. The successful candidate will be collaborative, innovative, action-oriented, and impact-focused, with excellent communication and strong relationship-building skills.



  • Cultivate and secure multi-year funding in alignment with Taproot Foundation’s strategic plan and developing fundable priorities in advance of the organization’s first comprehensive campaign
  • Write and edit clear, accurate, and persuasive letters of intent, grant proposals, and reports that are tailored to each funder’s focus areas, mission, specifications, and deadlines
  • Obtain supporting information and documentation, such as program budgets and/or data, and translate that information in a way that will persuade the prospective donor
  • Develop, oversee, and analyze account-specific revenue goals and projections for the assigned portfolio of 75 to 100 foundation, and select individual, prospects to support a team goal of $500,000 to $1 million in annually recognized funding
  • Collaborate with program colleagues (Advisory Services and Taproot Plus teams) to:
    • Build and cultivate year-round relationships with organization points of contact, key volunteers, and decision-makers within an assigned portfolio of accounts
    • Work collaboratively in consultative engagement with other cross-departmental team members
  • Design, present and execute specific engagement plans to ensure cultivation and stewardship of relationships and to drive revenue growth through the promotion of Taproot Foundation’s earned revenue services and fundable opportunities
  • Other duties as requested and/or assigned


  • Maintain accurate information in Salesforce, Asana, SharePoint, and other relevant systems to support ongoing relationships
  • Adhere to data standards and protocols for capturing and recording information related to the assigned portfolio of accounts
  • Support donor event planning and other activities as needed
  • Develop and prepare revenue-generating materials for Taproot Board Members, Executive Team, and other key internal partners to support moves management efforts



  • Minimum three to five years’ work experience in institutional fundraising or related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including listening and presentation skills
  • Proven track record of securing gifts of $50,000 or more from foundation funders, with strong understanding of the philanthropic space
  • Master's degree or undergraduate degree with equivalent relevant work experience
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate across a variety of sectors while being comfortable with presenting to groups of various sizes
  • Fully-proficient with Microsoft Office environment
  • Experience with Salesforce and Asana is preferred
  • Ability to work well as part of a multicultural and multi-time-zone team
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and motivate volunteers, including key influencers, senior colleagues, and board members

Embody and elevate Taproot Foundation’s four core values: 1) Pragmatic Optimism, 2) Impact-Oriented, 3) Playful Professionalism, and 4) Progress


Annual salary starting at $68,000. This starting salary is reflective of a position based in Colorado and would be subject to a locality adjustment. This is a remote position with very little travel required. Taproot is accepting applications from candidates based anywhere in the continental United States.

Taproot Foundation offers great benefits to take care of its people, including but not limited to 26 paid holidays, 403b Retirement Plan, commitment to individualized professional development, a generous vacation accrual policy, and more.


Please submit a cover letter and resume, including relevant experience and achievements, to the Taproot Foundation's Human Resources team. We thank all applicants for their interest in the Taproot Foundation. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Taproot Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.