Bethesda, MD

Chief Financial Officer, Bainum Family Foundation

The Organization

Established in 1968, The Bainum Family Foundation is a private, operating foundation with a mission to improve the quality and availability of resources for children living in poverty. Geographically, the Foundation works primarily in the Washington, D.C. area, but maintains a broader commitment to other communities, both domestically and internationally. The Foundation’s current grantmaking strategy includes three interconnected initiatives: Early Learning, Food Security and School Mental Health. Together with community partners, the Foundation operates and supports high-quality educational programs and services to directly enhance outcomes for children. This is done through a circle of collaboration that includes parents, educators, other funders, nonprofit partners, policymakers, and business and civic leaders.

With more than $600 million in assets, the Foundation is among the largest philanthropic organizations in the state of Maryland.  Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, the Foundation employs 38 dedicated professionals with a rich diversity of backgrounds and content expertise.  Several additional full-time staff and seasonal laborers live on and work for the Bainum Foundation Farm, launched after the Foundation received 263 acres in Virginia from Stewart Bainum’s estate in 2015.  This farm is now integral to the Foundation’s Food Security initiative which works to develop a deeper understanding of root causes and systemic inequities contributing to food insecurity.  In 2019, the Foundation’s operating budget was $25 million.

The Foundation values and maintains a commitment to a diverse workforce and an equitable, inclusive culture.  Reflecting an essential core belief, the Foundation endeavors to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its work, including holistically supporting team members, partners, and the communities being served.

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Position Overview

Under the leadership of David Daniels, appointed CEO and President in November of last year, the Foundation now seeks nominations and applications for a mission-oriented Chief Financial Officer to help steward the next chapter in the Foundation’s journey.  Reporting to the CEO, the new CFO will join a passionate Executive Leadership Team at a pivotal moment in the foundation’s history.  The new CFO will work directly with the CEO, the leadership team, and the Board of Directors to drive changes needed to ensure that the foundation’s financial capabilities, investment portfolio, and programs are aligned and in service of the organization’s mission.  They will also be instrumental in creating a culture of trust and accountability, transparent communication, and continuous improvement and innovation.

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How To Apply

This search is being conducted with assistance from Linh Nguyen, Katherine Jacobs, and Vanita Bhargava of NPAG.  Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to:  In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Bainum Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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