Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing

Reports to: Deputy Director (Interim Vice President of Programs)

FLSA: Exempt (Full-Time)

Location: Virtual


Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a network of funders committed to advancing equity and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer (LGBTQ) communities. We provide three key services:

  • Organize convenings and forums for LGBTQ funders to connect, coordinate their efforts, learn from each other, and maximize their impact.
  • Provide trainings and support services for foundations to help them increase their LGBTQ inclusiveness in both grantmaking and internal practices.
  • Provide up-to-the-minute information, research, and resources on LGBTQ grantmaking for the benefit of funders and the broader LGBTQ movement.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is unique in that the organization not only raises funds to support its own work, but also works to increase resources for the LGBTQ movement, particularly the most under-served communities within the LGBTQ movement, such as LGBTQ people of color, transgender communities, and women. Please visit www.lgbtfunders.org for more information on our work.


Funders for LGBTQ Issues works to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice.


The most recent waves of anti-transgender, anti-choice, racist, sexist and xenophobic backlash against LGBTQ communities challenges philanthropy to think and act bigger, bolder, and more creatively than ever before. After conversations with movement leaders and grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has identified a deep need for more capacity to facilitate and support philanthropic organizing. When funders work together, they can leverage their resources to deepen and expand the sector’s support for transgender communities and LGBTQ communities under attack on a scope and scale that can exceed any single funder acting on their own.

The Senior Fellow for Philanthropic Organizing will join our program team to build on philanthropic organizing efforts related to our two key programs: The Out in the South Initiative and Grantmakers United for Trans Communities. This position will help us deepen our efforts to support funders to move resources in a way that is aligned with the needs and vision of LGBTQ movement work. This new staff person will drive forward relationships and collaborations with foundations, other grantmakers, as well as nonprofits and other community groups to support philanthropy’s bigger, better, and bolder grantmaking to LGBTQ communities.

This position will be a four days a week, two-year engagement. This position will report to the organization’s Deputy Director (currently the Interim Vice President of Programs), and will work closely with our entire team, including consultants engaged in our Out in the South and Grantmakers United for Trans Communities programs.


  • Continue to strengthen relationships and drive existing collaborations with foundations and donors. Help manage agendas, conduct research and outreach, and provide other operational support to help Funders’ existing funder working groups to achieve their goals.
  • Develop new relationships with funders and encourage new collaborations. Identify and develop new opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with and among grantmakers to open new funding opportunities to LGBTQ communities and groups.
  • Develop resources that support LGBTQ movement-aligned grantmaking practices, including but not limited to one-on-one consultation, trainings, and assessments of funders’ processes. This will include working closely with LGBTQ organizations and groups – especially those without access to traditional funding streams – to engage the philanthropic sector.
  • Assist LGBTQ community groups to develop strategies to engage with foundations and other institutional grantmakers as true partners. Ensure their voices are amplified throughout the sector.

The initial work will build on currently-existing funder organizing efforts to coordinate and increase funding for transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary movement work that is responding to this moment of continued crisis.


This role is envisioned as an educator, connector and relationship and network builder, who can highlight the intersectionality of LGBTQ movement building, and work to break down the false dichotomies fostered by rigid funding structures. Prior experience in philanthropy is not required, but extensive experience working with BIPOC LGBTQ groups and organizations and causes is highly desired.

A successful candidate will also have the following attributes:

  • Well-organized and able to track details among competing priorities
  • Able to communicate needs well and proactively with colleagues, especially working remotely
  • Adept at project management, and either familiar with or willing to learn project management tools such as Asana and Salesforce
  • Comfortable working remotely with colleagues and team members
  • An educator: genuinely interested in supporting others’ learning and growth
  • Experience working within hierarchical structures
  • Strong self-care practices, and resilient in the face of competing demands and uncertain outcomes
  • Patience and a strong sense of humor!


This role is remote to the continental U.S. Our New York City-based offices have contracted since the pandemic, but New York City-based staff are working permanently remote. All staff are given the opportunity for an office rental $250 monthly stipend. All staff receive a monthly stipend of $100 for internet and cell phone.


Periodically, employees engage in work travel. Such work travel is voluntary, with the full understanding of the health and safety risks involved, and FLGBTQI shall not be responsible for any and all potential exposure to COVID-19 as a result of employment with FLGBTQI. Typically this position would require travel approximately once per month or less, and we expect to resume at this pre-pandemic level during 2023.


FLGBTQI mandates full vaccinations for all employees, except for employees with valid medical waivers from a licensed physician. As such, verifying an employee’s vaccination status may be considered a condition precedent of employment. FLGBTQI shall make reasonable accommodations and document such reasonable accommodations, including a record of documentation relied upon, in the event that an exemption is granted with respect to FLGBTQI’s vaccination policy.

To be considered fully vaccinated, employees must have received the updated requisite rounds of the CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccinations as follows:

  • Two weeks after receiving their second dose in a two-dose series, the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, plus the accompanying booster shot; OR
  • Two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, plus the accompanying booster shot.


The salary is $100,000. Excellent benefits, including full medical, health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts, retirement plan contributions, and a generous vacation schedule. Flexible work hours are friendly to balancing work and personal obligations. FLGBTQI staff are currently only working Monday through Thursday each week.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues values mentorship and leadership development and will work with the hired candidate to identify opportunities to support their professional growth in philanthropy and beyond.

The organization is currently reviewing and updating its total compensation policy to include a PayScale Equity Calculator Tool. This addresses any salary gaps in pay equity and designs a pay scale that embodies organizational principles and culture.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to the Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing position on our career page at lgbtfunders.bamboohr.com/jobs. Due to the expected high volume of applications, we are unable to accept phone inquiries.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building the leadership of people of color, women, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals. Funders for LGBTQ Issues does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.