Philanthropic Initiatives Associate

Job Title: Philanthropic Initiatives Associate Reports to:  Director of Collaborative Philanthropy and Director of Nonprofit Funds and Endowments Department: Philanthropic Services Average Hours Per Week:...
Rose Community Foundation
January 25, 2021
4500 Cherry Creek Drive South, Suite 900, Denver
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Naz Medhanie


Job Title: Philanthropic Initiatives Associate

Reports to:  Director of Collaborative Philanthropy and Director of Nonprofit Funds and Endowments

Department: Philanthropic Services

Average Hours Per Week: 40 hours, including frequent Sundays

FLSA Status: Exempt

Rose Community Foundation seeks an energetic team-player who brings a passion for purpose, people, philanthropy and details to join our Philanthropic Services team. With a mission to advance inclusive, engaged and equitable Greater Denver communities through values-driven philanthropy, Rose Community Foundation works with grantees, fundholders, donors and community partners in pursuit of a thriving region strengthened by its diversity and generosity.


In January 2020, the Foundation committed itself to a bold and ambitious strategic plan centered around three goals: 1) Advancing equity and justice, 2) Fostering an inclusive and engaged Greater Denver community, and 3) Increasing resources dedicated to strengthening the region. The current COVID-19 crisis has pushed us to work in nimble and responsive ways, all aligned with our new strategy, in support of our community at a time of unprecedented change and need.

Since its founding in 1995, Rose Community Foundation has granted more than $322 million to nearly 2,000 nonprofit organizations and initiatives, through our endowed and donor-directed grantmaking in Greater Denver’s Jewish and broader communities. The Philanthropic Services team at Rose Community Foundation stewards charitable resources on behalf of nonprofit and donor-advised fundholders and engages a diverse range of stakeholder partners. The Philanthropic Initiatives Associate will work as part of a team coordinating and supporting four Foundation initiatives: Live On | LIFE & LEGACY®, the Nonprofit Endowment Cohort, Roots & Branches Foundation and Rose Youth Foundation.


The ideal candidate will thrive in a mission- and values-driven, fast-paced, multi-faceted work environment. Naturally collaborative, detail-oriented and highly organized, they will find personal and professional alignment with our mission to advance inclusive, engaged and equitable Greater Denver communities through values-driven philanthropy. They will be highly motivated and excited to advance philanthropy in Greater Denver. A relationship-builder with a strong customer-service orientation, they will excel at working with people from a range of backgrounds and identities, including teens, nonprofit professionals and donors.

A team-player, the Philanthropic Initiatives Associate will be open-minded, highly professional and have a strong sense of discretion. They will also have strong interpersonal and project management skills, a growth mindset and a love of learning. They must be accountable and responsive, as well as effective at working independently and managing their own time. Self-awareness, humility and humor, empathy, and personal and professional integrity are key attributes of all members of our team, as are flexibility and the ability to thrive in an evolving organization. The Philanthropic Initiatives Associate will contribute to a positive work environment, consistently demonstrating the Foundation’s culture and values of equity, justice, diversity and inclusion, empathy, generosity, community, and transformation through collaboration.


The Philanthropic Initiatives Associate will be a member of the Philanthropic Services team, working closely with the Director of Collaborative Philanthropy and the Director of Nonprofit Funds and Endowments to support four key philanthropic initiatives at Rose Community Foundation:


Live On | LIFE & LEGACY, a partnership between Rose Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, provides trainings, incentives and support to encourage endowment building and legacy giving throughout the Greater Denver/Boulder Jewish community. This initiative empowers Jewish organizations to engage in planned giving conversations, elevates community awareness of the power of legacy giving and endowment building, and integrates legacy giving and stewardship into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community. Twenty-six organizations from across the Greater Denver/Boulder Jewish community currently participative in Live On | LIFE & LEGACY.

Nonprofit Endowment Cohort (NEC)

The Nonprofit Endowment Cohort (NEC) is a nine-month program providing training, individual coaching and a $10,000 match to help organizations launch an endowment fund and build the internal capacity to grow that fund over time. The curriculum supplies tools to help nonprofits integrate legacy giving and endowment building into their development work and organizational culture. Past cohorts have included organizations in the arts, education, health, social services and other focus areas.

Rose Youth Foundation (RYF)

Each year, Rose Youth Foundation brings together a diverse group of Jewish youth and empowers them with the tools and resources to make a difference in the community through the practice of philanthropy informed by Jewish values. The members work together for eight months to explore issues facing the community; learn about Jewish values and traditions of giving; set grant priorities; and work together to award $60,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. Examples of where past cohorts have focused their grantmaking include: addressing the early childhood education achievement gap, supporting teen mental health and wellness, and welcoming and supporting immigrant and refugee newcomers.

Roots & Branches Foundation (R & B)

Roots & Branches Foundation brings together Jewish adults ages 25-40 to understand Jewish traditions and values, explore community needs, and collectively decide how to give $50,000 to help address an issue that resonates with them as young Jewish philanthropists. The program looks to nurture a community of current and future leaders who connect their Jewish values and identities to the difference they hope to make in the world while building an ongoing commitment to engaging in the Jewish community, philanthropy and with Rose Community Foundation. Examples of where past cohorts have focused their grantmaking include: reducing recidivism rates, support for immigrants and refugees, and strengthening communities through increased access to healthy food and nutrition education.

The Philanthropic Initiatives Associate’s primary responsibilities fall into the following areas:

Meetings and Events

  • Coordinate and run tech facilitation for Zoom meetings and webinars, including: scheduling, invitation and attendance coordination, and using in-meeting virtual facilitation tools
  • Plan and organize trainings, meetings, and celebrations (currently virtual, eventually in-person) including coordinating scheduling and catering, overseeing logistics, preparing materials and working with the Foundation’s Communications team
  • Attend meetings and events outside of normal business hours, including regular Sunday meetings from July to May

Reporting and Evaluation

  • Manage and maintain timely and accurate reporting processes, including tracking legacy commitments, reconciling the Foundation’s data with that of the organizations participating in Live On | LIFE & LEGACY, and submitting detailed quarterly reports to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation
  • Maintain records and documents in the Foundation’s database
  • Assist with evaluation of initiatives

Mentoring and Coaching

  • Support mentoring and education of RYF members to develop leadership skills in one-on-one and small group settings outside of regularly scheduled meetings
  • Support Jewish teachings relevant to grantmaking priority
  • Plan and carry out team building opportunities for RYF members in and out of meetings
  • Answer questions and provide responsive support to Live On | LIFE & LEGACY organizations to help them fulfill their requirements and reach the goals of the program
  • Assist the Director of Nonprofit Funds and Endowments in supplying individualized support to NEC participants

Outreach and Stewardship

  • Recruit a diverse range of initiative participants, including working with the Foundation’s Communications team to publish and market open applications and support outreach
  • Support application review and answer applicant questions
  • Support cultivation of prospective nonprofit endowment fund holders, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, and tracking prospects and follow up
  • Provide resources and outreach opportunities to alumni of initiatives to foster relationship building

Grants Management

  • Coordinate and aid with grant cycles, including publishing and promoting requests for proposal, application intake, acceptance and declination, and organizing meetings with nonprofit applicants


  • Assist with sharing initiative outcomes and success stories and coordinating marketing and stewardship efforts in cooperation with the Foundation’s Communications team

The Philanthropic Initiatives Associate will also perform other duties as assigned.


The Philanthropic Initiatives Associate reports to the Director of Collaborative Philanthropy and Director of Nonprofit Funds and Endowments and does not have administrative support or direct reports.



  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent life and professional experience. Some past professional work experience is required, including project management/coordination experience
  • A team-player and self-starter, able to work well collaboratively and independently
  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills one-on-one and in meetings, correspondence and formal work products
  • Committed to exceptional customer service
  • Eager to learn
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize and track multiple work streams under deadlines
  • Proven track record of working effectively across different settings, communities and issues – with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and cultures
  • An understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) principles and practices and a commitment to incorporating them into internal and external work
  • Skilled with technology, particularly Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams and Zoom
  • Able to attend evening and weekend events and meetings


  • Experience working with, mentoring and/or leading groups of youth or teens
  • Understanding of Judaism, Jewish teachings and wisdom
  • Experience with a CRM database


This full-time, exempt position’s salary range is $35,000 to $55,000, commensurate with background, experience, and sector benchmarks. Rose Community Foundation offers a competitive benefits package including employer-supported health, dental, vision, and life insurance; short- and long-term disability coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan (including an annual employer contribution after one year of employment), flexible spending account, employee assistance program, generous paid time off including holidays, professional development opportunities and a matching gift program.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rose Community Foundation’s physical office is currently closed and all employees are currently working remotely as a health and safety precaution. We will return to full-time in-person operations in our brand-new office when it is safe to do so.


Rose Community Foundation believes in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The Foundation is committed to equal employment opportunities and prohibits the unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

How To Apply

Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2021. Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Philanthropic Initiatives Associate.” No phone calls or additional email messages please.

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