Foundations Manager

Campaign Legal Center | Washington, DC


The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Through litigation, policy analysis and public education, CLC works to protect and strengthen the U.S. democratic process across all levels of government. CLC is adamantly nonpartisan, holding candidates and government officials accountable regardless of political affiliation.

CLC was founded in 2002 and is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Our work today is more critical than ever as we fight the current threats to our democracy in the areas of campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, and ethics. Most recently, CLC argued Gill v. Whitford, the groundbreaking Supreme Court case seeking to end extreme partisan gerrymandering. In addition, CLC plays a leading watchdog role on ethics issues, providing expert analysis and helping journalists uncover ethical violations. CLC participates in legal proceedings across the country to defend the right to vote. See our latest impact report 

Job Summary

The Foundations Manager will play a key role in continuing CLC’s fundraising growth and success. In this newly created position, the Foundation Manager will oversee all aspects of the portfolio of foundation funders, track and monitor grant compliance and reporting, have responsibility for identifying new foundation prospects, and work collaboratively with CLC colleagues to begin and advance relationships with new foundation leads. The Manager reports to the Chief Development Officer and will work closely with program staff, as well as the President. CLC has grown significantly in the last three years and has an annual budget of approximately $7 million. Approximately 90% of revenues are derived from foundations.


  • Work with Chief Development Officer to set foundation revenue raising goals and monitor progress toward such goals.
  • Manage entire proposal and report writing process: including creating and tracking progress against schedules, compiling project-relevant information, generating drafts, and coordinating with relevant staff to ensure high-quality, timely submissions.
  • Coordinate with finance, grants adherence and other appropriate staff to produce and monitor budgets reflecting reasonable use of grant funds and ensure timely and accurate spenddown of such funds.
  • Track progress and coordinate with key staff to ensure timely completion of funded activities, approved deliverables, and reporting requirements.
  • Research and identify prospective foundations and work closely with program staff to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Prepare correspondence (including acknowledgements), progress reports, and informal updates to advance cultivation and stewardship efforts with funders and prospects.
  • In coordination with the Chief Development Officer, provide updates to the board and its development committee on foundation-related advancements and encourage their engagement in meeting established fundraising goals.
  • Ensure proper database management and oversee proper entry of relevant foundation information (e.g., due dates, grant terms, grant payment schedule, contact info, etc) by Development Assistant.
  • Keep abreast of philanthropy news and trends and inform CLC of such trends and how the organization can leverage to identify and pursue new funding opportunities.
  • Prepare appropriate staff and board for foundation meetings and/or calls.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly meetings, including project meetings.
  • Organize foundation funder briefings and attend (some out of town).


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ non-profit experience writing successful proposals and grant reports.
  • Mission-driven and results-focused, with a deep commitment to a fair and just democracy.
  • The ability to adapt to quickly changing priorities and to recognize repeating patterns to help develop protocols for a growing department.
  • Documented success in fund development, with a focus on foundation fundraising and grants management.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently.
  • Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team.
  •  Highly organized, superior attention to detail and follow-through; ability to organize others.
  • Creative, energetic thinker, willing to jump in as a team member on diverse efforts.
  • Resourcefulness and ability to think independently.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel.
  • Familiarity of database software programs, preferably DonorPerfect.
  • Ability to travel.


CLC provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, prescription, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance, as well as flexible spending account and retirement programs.


This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all-inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.

How to Apply

In one document (PDF preferred), please send to a cover letter that includes how you heard about the position and provides your salary requirements, a resume, and a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages, preferably from a recent inquiry letter or proposal). Please use the following subject line: CLC-Foundations-[insert your last name].

No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only qualified candidates will be contacted after submitting a full application.

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and benefits.

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