Reports to:  Director of Philanthropy

Location:  Charlottesville, VA

Schedule:  Monday-Friday

Status:  Full Time; Exempt

Compensation:  Competitive Salary

Benefits Include:  Group Health and Dental Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403(b) Plan, Profit Sharing Plan, Optional daily group meditation and Paid Time Off options

Position Summary:

The Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager will assist in meeting the Mind & Life Institute’s fundraising goals through support of all areas of philanthropy work, with a primary focus on the management of a well-coordinated, strategic program to cultivate and solicit support from foundations and corporations.

  • Strategically researches foundation and corporation grants and opportunities for sponsorship and underwriting for Mind & Life programs and activities. Packages Mind & Life’s existing programs for compelling presentations to funders. Creates opportunities for Mind & Life leadership to engage with funders via in person visits, video calls, and at Mind & Life events. Drafts and edits grant proposals and reports.
  • Works closely with Director of Philanthropy to prepare strategy and briefing documents for meetings with foundations and corporations; cultivation events for individuals.
  • Stewards relationships with existing donors and plays role in developing effective relationships with new donors. Represents Mind & Life at events and programs.
  • As a team member, plays creative role in Mind & Life fundraising email and direct mail campaign activity. Works closely with Philanthropy Associate to generate segmented, targeted lists for appeals and other philanthropy communications.
  • Maintains accuracy of tracking systems and databases for corporate and foundation constituents, while maintaining confidentiality of donor information. Prepares regular reports on corporate and foundation programs and major gifts.
  • Uses information and research tools available including WealthEngine to identify high propensity donor prospects. Leads donor qualification efforts, including letter generation and phone call and email follow up.
  • Provides input to annual fundraising plan with specific targets, goals, and responsibilities.
  • Completes other tasks and assignments as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3+ years of professional experience in development/philanthropy, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • In-depth experience (2+ years) with Salesforce or similar database required.
  • Knowledge of Wealth Engine, wealth intelligence services preferable.
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of office technology including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite. Proficiency with Prezi and other presentation software desired.
  • Ability to effectively engage others at all levels and from different backgrounds. Comfortable with public engagement: ability to articulate Mind & Life mission, impact and financial need with prospects and donors.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials with discretion. Tremendous attention to detail, organization skills, process management, and goal orientation.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully under pressure, understand and follow policies and procedures, and accommodate change.
  • Strong commitment to organizational mission of the Mind & Life Institute.

Additional Information:

Occasional travel may be required.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to using the subject line “Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager.”

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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