Groundswell Fund seeks a Chief Development Officer to steward unprecedented funding growth to double Groundswell Fund’s impact.
For nearly 20 years, Groundswell Fund has put intersectional grassroots organizing led by women, transgender and gender expansive people of color, at the center of its giving. Groundswell Fund has provided an essential irrigation system for social justice movements – a channel into which individual donors and foundations can pour resources to reach vital work at the grassroots.
Groundswell’s agile general operating support has and continues to work to remove the greatest barriers facing the success of grassroots power-building for reproductive justice organizations: inadequate funding and lack of access to the tools and technologies needed to “skill and scale”. Groundswell Fund works with grantees to move Integrated Voter Engagement and Grassroots Organizing campaigns forward. Their grantees have moved from trepidation about the public policy process to enthusiasm, organizing, and successful impact. They have been instrumental in the passage of more than 345 progressive policies, in blocking many regressive policies, and have seen exponential growth in the number of people and voters they are engaging and mobilizing.
They have become one of the largest funders of women of color-led organizing in the United States and the Reproductive Justice Movement itself. Groundswell’s approach is thoughtful, sound, and well-aimed at the most promising and impactful organizations. They are living proof that when a foundation is run by women of color and transgender people of color who come out of grassroots organizing, giving looks different.
Groundswell models a remarkable kind of philanthropy – proving that building solidarity and beloved community across lines of race, class, and gender is possible.
As evidence, they currently have 800 individual donors and 40 national foundations that support Groundswell’s mission; a leadership team of women of color and trans and gender-expansive people of color with a background in grassroots organizing who determine where those resources are invested; and more than 200 grantees led mostly by women of color and trans and gender-expansive people of color and engaged in transformative social justice work.
Building on a 17-year track-record of success ($100M in grants and capacity-building moved to the field thus far), in December 2020, Groundswell launched a new 2020-2025 Blueprint to move another $100M to the field (through their c3 and c4 entities) by 2025. The Blueprint offers a pathway for Groundswell to stay the course in its existing successful strategic direction and to innovate in response to new learnings and the unique needs of this historic moment.
Groundswell views its fundraising as organizing and has a track record for educating, politicizing, and mobilizing donors toward the greatest benefit of our movements.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be instrumental in the organization’s continued growth and opportunity for impact. As a member of Groundswell Fund’s executive team, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for leading the Funder Organizing team (development and communications) and work closely with leadership and key external-facing staff to raise an annual budget of approximately $30M across Groundswell’s c3 and c4 entities.
The CDO will be responsible for guiding Groundswell’s overall fundraising strategy, co-creating a plan for reaching annual revenue goals, and managing a team of 12 full-time staff including a Director of Donor Organizing, Director of Funder Organizing, and Communications Director. The CDO will also manage various consultant relationships and vendor partners. This full-time position is location flexible.
Organizational Leadership and Team Management
Solicitation and Stewardship
Systems and Operations
The salary range for this position is $185,000-$225,000. Final offers for the role will be based upon several factors including the position requirements, candidate’s experience level, and capabilities.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: Groundswell Fund Non-Discrimination Policy
Groundswell Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides grants and capacity building resources to the U.S. reproductive justice movement. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and that enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.
Groundswell Fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Groundswell continues to be a sector leader in this area, often called upon to share best practices with peer institutions who look to us as a model for centering the leadership of those most affected, particularly women and trans people of color. Groundswell staff and governance structures continue to reflect the diversity of both our philanthropic partners and the communities we support—including foundation partners, grantmaking partners, and WOC-led reproductive justice organizations.
We believe that diversity in representation alone is not enough. At every level of our own organization—and throughout our wider circles of influence—we will continue to advocate for racial and gender justice and to champion women of color, as well as LGBTQ leaders of color, immigrant leaders, and leaders of different class and faith backgrounds.
Groundswell has rooted itself in diverse perspectives and identities since our inception. As we grow to meet this moment, we will continue to advance intersectional, holistic, and justice-based diversity approaches in our own work, while supporting the innovative thinking and practices of our grantee organizations in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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