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Metropolitan Family Service

Grant strategist

Business Planning

Project details

Target skills

  • Market research
  • Grant writing

This organization has completed 5 projects on Taproot+

Project need

Social Purpose Works is the latest innovative program offering of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), a Portland social service agency since 1950. What’s unique about Social Purpose Works (SPW) is the intentional focus on recruiting professionally skilled volunteers (pro bono) to tackle capacity building projects for metro Portland’s nonprofits.

Social Purpose Works is recruiting for a Challenge Grant Strategist for the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund. EBZEF operates as a fully volunteer organization. The Fund was established in 2007 and is managed by the family of Elizabeth Bowers, a Peace Corps Volunteer who died in 2003 in a bicycle accident while serving in the remote rural village of Lumwana West in NW Zambia, Africa. It is the mission of EBZEF to empower women, children, and their community in Lumwana West to break the cycle of poverty through education. Because of EBZEF's investments in Lumwana West, the Zambia Ministry of Education approved offering grades 9-12 in the village in 2016, meaning students no longer have to travel 54 miles to attend a secondary boarding school which few can afford. EBZEF is now partnering to build structures to accommodate the secondary school program.
EBZEF is looking to fundraise to match or exceed a generous challenge grant to complete the secondary school project.

Project Description:
Design a capital campaign targeted to raise matching funds to complete the secondary school construction program in Lumwana West, Zambia. Reaching or exceeding the match empowers young women to build positive change from within, to become leaders and educators, and to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Key Deliverables:
Identify donor prospects
Provide written CEO/Board engagement and capital campaign implementation plan
Coordinate implementation and outreach training meetings with volunteer board members

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:
Ability to quickly assess target markets and determine donor prospects
Proven success developing, organizing, and implementing successful capital campaigns with limited resources and personnel
Ability to effectively communicate with, motivate, train a diverse volunteer board
Compelling story telling, case building and communication skills

Education/Experience:
7-10 years’ experience developing, organizing, and implementing fund-raising strategies
Nonprofit management, business development degree or MBA preferred
Resources: The EBZEF CEO will be the Project Manager. Board members and volunteers have diverse backgrounds and are available to assist as needed. We are resourceful, team-oriented, flexible, positive, and adept at facing obstacles and overcoming hurdles.

Work Environment/Location: Work from your home using personal resources (computer, printer, etc.). Meetings can be held at a location in Salem, OR or via video/audio call.

Time Commitment: Large project (150-200 hours) to be completed within 5 months of start date. Flexible hours around your schedule.

Organization's mission

Metropolitan Family Service helps people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequity and social isolation.

Step 1: Apply

Send the below info, and if interested, the nonprofit will select a time for a phone interview. You'll get a confirmation with everything you need to know.

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Step 2: Interview

You'll have a 30 minute call to discuss the scope and deliverables of the project directly with Metropolitan Family Service, and for them to confirm you're a good fit.

Step 3: Start

Once accepted, you'll be able to get right to work. We will check in with you periodically to make sure you have everything you need.