Indianapolis, IN

Vice President of Grantmaking, The Indianapolis Foundation

The Organization – The Indianapolis Foundation

Vice President for Grantmaking – The Indianapolis Foundation (TIF) seeks an experienced philanthropy professional who is passionate about equity to oversee the administration of the Foundation’s grantmaking operations and provide staff leadership for all grant programs.

We are the Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, the Hamilton County Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. $1 billion collective of philanthropic organizations committed to making Central Indiana a community where all individuals have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential- no matter their place, race or identity.

What We are Looking For:

The Indianapolis Foundation (TIF) seeks an experienced philanthropy professional who is passionate about equity to oversee the administration of the Foundation’s grantmaking operations and provide staff leadership for all grant programs. As a member of the Foundation’s senior staff reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Grantmaking participates in the strategic planning and goal-setting process that determines how the Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission; maintains a high standard of compliance with philanthropic industry standards; and assists in creating a strong, positive image for the Foundation.

Job Functions:

  • Lead a team of community leadership officers to support grantmaking goals and objectives outlined in The Indianapolis Foundation (TIF) strategic plan.
  • Provide credible and authentic leadership of equity that is reflected across the grant portfolios and serve as an effective spokesperson for the case for equity as core to the identity and value of TIF.
  • With the President and the Board of Directors, provide strategic direction for TIF grant program based on current research and environmental analysis; set goals and evaluate program and grantee outcomes; provide due diligence and recommend grants to the President for subsequent approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Provide a systems perspective to strategic grantmaking and gain maximum leverage of TIF discretionary grants through co-investment, impact investment, private capital, and public funding.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and have a recognized standing in the grantmaking community.
  • Maintain independent study, professional development and contact with a representative cross-section of other funders and leaders in the philanthropy within the region.
  • Develop clear and compelling theories of change and logic models for the TIF grant making strategies, and in partnership with the Director of Marketing and Communications, produce understandable, engaging, and inspiring marketing collateral.
  • Partner with the Director of Learning and Evaluation to establish measures and indicators for the grant strategies. Produce timely impact reports that inspire donors and partners to continue their support for these strategies.
  • Manage the overall grant making policies and procedures in accordance with the foundation’s equity lens and industry standards and best practices.
  • Supervise the flow of docket information to the President for subsequent review by the Board of Directors.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s grantmaking team and functions including:
    • Hiring and supervision of administrative support and grant staff;
    • Creating and adapting administrative office procedures as necessary; identifying, developing and implementing administrative workflow processes; monitoring procedures and ensuring quality control;
    • Oversee grant contracts;
    • Manage the learning and evaluation staff;
    • Develop and monitor the operating expense and grants budgets for the Foundation and provide progress reports and recommendations to the Finance team and Board of Directors; assist accounting firms in providing information for financial reporting and annual filings;
    • In concert with the President build a strong and effective staff team that reflects the principles and values of the Foundation.


For applicants who believe they can meet the overall expectations of the position, we encourage you to apply.

Desired Attributes. You have at least a bachelor’s degree-required; Masters in Philanthropy and fundraising; MBA, MPA, or a related field highly preferred. At least 7 years of professional grantmaking experience; 3+ years in a C-level role, or its equivalent, reporting to the President. Your track record on effective grantmaking is second-to-none.

  • Commitment to DEI. Your professional career demonstrates a clear passion and accomplishment for the integration of DEI into practices leading to superior outcomes.
  • Strategic. You bring a track record of strategically based grant making that has delivered positive changes in meaningful metrics and you have a keen understanding of moving from tactical funding to strategic systems change.
  • Focused. You consistently deliver measurable outcomes, leverage data in decision-making, and can juggle multiple priorities while achieving outstanding results.
  • Builder. Relationships, teams, partnerships, and a shared vision; you build these with intentionality and rigor.
  • Learner. You seek to understand the world around you, challenge your own viewpoints, and continually think about how to deliver better results with your team, colleagues, and external partners.
  • Exceptional People Manager (required). Leading teams and helping your colleagues perform at their best are among your deepest passions. You offer constructive feedback in a timely manner, hold people with a developmental mindset, and create accountability around our shared work.
  • Flexible. Ambiguity doesn’t scare you; it invigorates you. You’re able to manage through complexity, coach team members and colleagues through challenges, and keep TIF’s mission and values at the center of key decisions.
  • Inclusive. You understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t “nice to have” but critical to enabling positive results. You insist on diversity of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and lived experiences as you build coalitions.
  • Great Communicator. Ability to communicate well, act effectively as liaison between management/Board/program staff and support staff and adjust to changing priorities.

What You Get:
$175,000 salary plus generous benefits, including:
-Employer-provided health, dental, vision
-7% percent employer discretionary 403b contribution
-Potential for an annual bonus based on organizational and individual performance
-10.5 paid holidays, including MLK Day and Juneteenth
-20 PTO Days
-Flexible hybrid office environment (in office three days a week). Home base-English Foundation Building in downtown Indianapolis
-An opportunity to do meaningful, results-driven work with a passionate, diverse team, supporting organizations that are committed to building and maintaining a strong, equitable and supportive culture for our team of changemakers.

Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana are equal opportunity employers that seek to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and to support their retention and advancement. Justice is one of our core values, and we are committed to fostering a workplace culture inclusive of people with respect to their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, age, disabilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other characteristic. Our commitment to justice and diversity also means providing a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and engaging.

Our mission is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make Central Indiana a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.

Racism deeply impacts the well-being of our communities, compounding existing disparities and creating intersectional barriers. We strive to name and address these barriers through community engagement and assessment, relevant and effective policy creation, and organizational accountability methods. We support initiatives that address all forms of oppression, however, maintaining an explicit focus on race is essential to advancing equity across our communities. Improving outcomes for people of color will improve outcomes for everyone.

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