Fellowship for Special Project

Fellowship for Special Project
Organization Name: 
Greater Washington Community Foundation
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The Community Foundation Fellowship for Special Projects


The Greater Washington Community Foundation is offering a fellowship opportunity for recent master’s degree graduates. This fellowship is designed to support a pipeline in philanthropy and of community development practitioners by offering in-depth exposure to governance, grant-making, and fund development at the Greater Washington region’s largest community foundation. This fellowship opportunity will also fill a critical staffing need to increase efficiency, programmatic outcomes, and our responsibility to donors. The position reports to the Vice President of Development/Senior Philanthropic Advisor (VPD) and the fellow will be a member of the Development and Philanthropic Engagement team.

The Community Foundation Fellowship is designed for recent MA, MPA, MBA graduates with interests in non-profit management, monitoring and evaluation, philanthropy, process improvements, and grant making. Fellows will be involved in fund development, research, proposal writing, data-analysis, administrative support, and other duties as assigned. Approximately 60% of portfolio will be assigned to a single project. The remaining 40% will be assigned to a variety of tasks. This assignment is for 1 year beginning mid to late August 2018.

Project-Specific Scope of Work: Special Projects

  • Participate with the VPD in the planning and implementation of a corporate and foundation engagement and solicitation strategy, to include prospect research and tracking, proposal writing, stewardship and event planning and other related tasks.
  • Be the primary point of contact and project coordinator for an on-going comprehensive review and revision of The Community Foundation’s Policies and Procedures, including reviewing existing Policies and Procedures and revising or creating new documents, as needed.
  • Work on the on-going implementation and improvement of best practice donor relationship management and fund administration systems and processes across the Development and Philanthropic Engagement team.
  • Work with the CFO on the Foundation’s financial model and dashboard and other projects as needed.
  • Provide support to launch an impact investing opportunity for Foundation fund holders.
  • Support a recently launched NextGen engagement initiative.
  • Other management-level projects as assigned.

Benefits include the following:

  • Recent MA, MPA, or MBA graduate
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week and participation in local learning opportunities
  • Credit Allowed, per requirements of graduate, PhD program
  • 12-month assignment (1 year; 1-year renewable based on performance and funding)
  • $26 - $28K (based on experience) paid as monthly stipend
  • Paid Health Insurance for Fellow
  • Metro Benefits (up to $130 per month)
  • Up to 11 paid holidays (based on work schedule)
  • 10 paid vacation days
  • Community of Practice (supported by a Fellowship Coordinator)
  • An incredibly interesting work experience with amazing colleagues

Requirements for success in this role:

  • Smart and hard-working
  • Excellent communicator and strong EQ
  • Organized and analytical
  • Self-starter
  • Willingness to take on a range of responsibilities
  • Specific background in any of: project management; management consulting; database analytics; sales/business development; accounting/finance


Organizational Culture: Fast-moving, innovative, committed to social change. Strong emphasis on client (donors, non-profit partners, professional advisors) satisfaction.

Manager: Reports to the AVP for Development and Senior Philanthropic Advisor (VPD) with a dotted line to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

The Greater Washington Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective philanthropy and by providing leadership on critical issues in the community. The Foundation is a community of givers, dedicated to inspiring and creating change across greater Washington and beyond.


The Community Foundation, which serves the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County – is part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations, and other organizations. The Foundation manages hundreds of donor funds, with assets totaling more than $320 million, and is the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, having granted over $1.2 billion to over 8,000 nonprofits in its 45-year history.

Building upon its decades of visionary leadership committed to strengthening the Washington metropolitan area through philanthropy, the Foundation is currently poised for unprecedented organizational growth and increased impact. The Foundation is building its capacity to provide a more effective platform for civic engagement, facilitating collective leadership, and cultivating a repository of progressive knowledge to meet the challenges facing the community.   

TO APPLY: Please forward your resume, a copy of your MA, MPA or MBA and “Why?” this Fellowship appeals to you; and “Why?” you would be the “Right Fit” for this opportunity. Email all documents to hr@thecommunityfoundation.org, with the Fellowship name in the subject line.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018