Foundation Grant Writer

Foundation Grant Writer
Organization Name: 
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Job Category: 
Job Description: 

Organization Summary

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, (CSGV) founded in 1974, is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. Our mission, in union with our sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV), is to make gun violence rare and abnormal.

We use a public health and equity lens to identify and implement evidence-based policy solutions and programs to reduce gun violence in all its forms — from suicide to intimate partner homicide to shootings in the communities that are most impacted by gun violence. CSGV and EFSGV are thought leaders in the gun violence prevention movement translating research into policy and building partnerships to advocate to enact legislation to save lives,


Job Summary

The Foundation Grant Writer is a key member of the CSGV/EFSGV’s development team and is responsible for overseeing over $1.5 million income annually. This role, under the direction of, and in collaboration with the Director of Development, will renew and steward our current foundation funders, and build our foundation prospect pipeline to identify and secure new sources of revenue in support of our mission to make gun violence rare and abnormal. The Foundation Grant Writer is responsible for writing all foundation grant LOI’s, grant renewal applications, grant reports and conducting all grant program tracking, including managing proposal submission deadlines and deliverables.  

A successful candidate will be, first and foremost, a great writer with a passion for saving lives. This individual should  possess an ability to translate public health research and gun violence policy and advocacy to meet foundation funder guidelines and program priorities. These activities include collaborating with program staff to relay the details of each CSGV/EFSGV programs to foundation funders. This role is also responsible for researching and identifying foundation prospects and qualifying prospects through outreach and submission of LOI’s. This position is vital to the long-term financial stability and growth of the organization.

In addition, the candidate must be highly detail-oriented and possess an ability to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously, meet deadlines and be adept at adjusting to the changing priorities of a small but nimble team. A passion for working to prevent gun violence is a must.  


  • Responsible for renewing all current foundation grants, including writing grant proposals and coordinating interdepartmental input in the grant application processes. Maintaining master calendar

  • Responsible for writing all grant application budgets in conjunction with the Director of Administration and the Executive Director 

  • Ensure compliance with grant agreements

  • Complete all required foundation grant reporting, including narrative and financial reports, working with program, research, and finance staff to compile accurate information and ensure timely submission

  • Oversee recognition and stewardship process, including grant acknowledgment letters

  • Conduct foundation prospect research, creating a robust prospect pipeline 

  • Record and track all grant activity in project management tool and database, including grant renewals, grant reports and foundation prospect outreach

  • Assist with other external writing as projects as needed such as website content, fact sheets, case studies and monthly newsletters 

  • Assist Director of Development and Executive Director to develop/deliver presentations for foundation prospects and funders

  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in grant writing, grant management, or related work within the field of nonprofit development/communication

  • Undergraduate degree required 

  • Exceptional grant writing skills, including a record of success writing winning proposals and LOI’s

  • Experience in writing detailed grant reports 

  • Experience with grant budgeting and knowledge of the basics of nonprofit finance/accounting

  • Experience with grant management and grant stewardship best practices

  • Experience with, and/or knowledge of, the institutional/foundation giving landscape and private foundation funding process and norms

  • Excellent foundation research/prospecting skills

  • Experience with project management tools and donor databases

  • Ability to collaborate and coordinate between departments and work with diverse colleagues with varying specialties 

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; A team player with outstanding judgment, highly developed analytical abilities, interpersonal skills, and the ability to multitask

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers

  • Ability to quickly learn the policy and research terminology 

  • Excellent computer proficiency, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) Google Suite and internet research skills

  • Must be able to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Fluency in areas of public health, social justice and violence prevention as it relates to the many facets of gun violence prevalent in communities across the nation.  
  • Prior experience using Trello project management tool and Every Action database a plus


This position is virtual for the time being until working in-person on site at our downtown Washington DC office is permitted.  CSGV is in downtown Washington DC easily accessible by public transportation, located near the McPherson Square and Metro Stations. The work schedule is 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Standard time during weekdays with possible occasional evening events. 

The starting salary for this position is $70,000. Benefits also provided. 


Application Process

To apply please submit a copy of your resume and a cover letter listing your qualifications and interest in the position to: with the subject line Foundation Grant Writer. Please note that final candidates for the position will be asked to submit a writing sample for review.


Organization Policies


The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence are Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employers. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.



The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Jumpstart:HR, LLC. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.