Manager of Institutional Giving

Innocence Project | New York, New York


The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project's groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit

Job Summary

The Manager of Institutional Giving is responsible for the stewardship of foundations.  He/she works with the Director of Development to secure new support from grantmaking institutions. This individual reports to the Director of Development and works closely with all other members of the Development Department as well as regularly liaises with staff members from other departments in order to gather information for donor reports.




  • Develops new funding proposals and continuously updates existing proposals and reports for major gift and institutional funders.  Ensures that all such documentation communicates the IP’s compelling mission, most recent accomplishments, and future plans.
  • Facilitates meetings for Innocence Project leadership with foundation program officers and major gift prospects. Develops briefing memos for staff and board members.
  • Coordinates the research and advancement of new opportunities for institutional support.
  • Manages the deadlines for proposals, reports and stewardship related to institutional giving and major gifts programs in collaboration with others on Development team. 


  • Provides writing and editing support to the development department at-large.
  • Oversees the quality of writing for the department and oversee freelance writers.
  • Participates in staff meetings, working groups, and other activities that increase knowledge of subjects/projects for donor reporting.
  • Ensures that all written materials communicate the IP’s compelling mission, most recent accomplishments and future plans.



  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience, including at least 3 years in nonprofit development or communications.
  • Superior knowledge of Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel; familiarity with database programs such as Sage and Salesforce.


  • Ability to write quickly and well
  • Strong verbal communications skills
  • Experience with project and budget management; proofreading and editing.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding skills as a researcher.
  • Flexible and collaborative work-style; ability to function effectively in a demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and entrepreneurial orientation along with an ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the Innocence Project’s goals of exonerating people who can be proven innocent by DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions.


The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit Paycom. Upload your cover letter and resume as (last name. first name. cover letter/resume).  Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone.


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.  We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

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