Request for Proposals: ABFE Grant Writer

Grant Writer, ABFE

The Organization

A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities is accepting proposals for an experienced grant writer to support our growing grant portfolio. The consultant will lead on proposal and report writing and strategy.


A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Building on our 50-year history, ABFE provides its members with professional development, training resources, technical assistance, leadership, and cross-sector networking opportunities. The founding mission of ABFE is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Throughout our history, the organization has clarified and defined investments that are strategic and improve outcomes for our children, youth, adults, and families. We provide crucial support for Black professionals working in a field with documented diversity and inclusion challenges.

ABFE is a leader in conversations on issues of equity and fairness by provoking foundations to face society’s most complex issues and discuss philanthropy’s role in addressing them. Mission: To promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.

Vision: ABFE will be central to a movement of grantmaking entities, donors, and nonprofits to improve outcomes for Black communities and the country as a whole. Key Audiences: Philanthropic institutions: community foundations, family/private foundations, government grantmaking agencies, corporate foundations, federated funds, and individual philanthropists. Nonprofit Organizations: educational institutions, civic and fraternal organizations, faith-based institutions and other public charities. Current staff, trustees, or donors. Industry Partners: for-profit consultants that serve the philanthropic sector (investment management firms, lawyers, financial advisors, research firms, technology firms, etc.) Non-member constituencies: prospective funder members, prospective professional partners, policymakers and the general public.

Position Overview

ABFE’s grant portfolio currently includes grant funds from corporate entities, private charitable foundations, and family foundations. The contracted work will include writing and submitting proposals for new sources of funding, renewal proposals for applicable existing grants, and grant reports. The consultant will also be responsible for managing the organization’s growing grant portfolio to ensure timely submissions with a focus on content gathering, data management, and developing timelines with the support of the Director of Development and Campaigns and the Manager of Development. The Consultant’s responsibilities will include:

1. Understanding and actively engaging in the successful implementation of the organization’s fundraising and development plan.

2. Regular grant proposal and report curation, editing, and submissions.

3. Management of the grant reporting calendar.

4. Consistent and clear communication with management about grant prospects, proposal and reporting requirements, and deadlines.

5. Regular collection and analysis of demographic and other important program-related data to enhance and advance the organization’s needs statement and proposals.

6. Development and maintenance of grant templates and materials.

7. Professional and confidential management of grant records, organizational documents, and data. Previous experience working in the philanthropic landscape with a lens towards racial equity is strongly preferred.

The grant writer will work closely with the development team including the Director of Development and Campaigns, the Manager of Development, and the Vice President of External Affairs who are charged with the visioning, creation and implementation of ABFE’s fundraising and development plan and campaign goals.

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES / INTEGRATION : Consultant will have access to ABFE’s Salesforce instance, and our file share server.

How To Apply

Send proposals Friday, September 17, 2021 by email to T’Shawn Rivers, Director of Development and Campaigns at:

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