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19 Jan

Director of Fund Development and Philanthropic Accountability

  Lift To Rise

About Organization

Lift To Rise is a cross-sector, community-driven movement to improve life in Southern California’s Coachella Valley for the majority of residents who do not experience the opulence and luxury for which the area is known. With input from more than 50 collaborative partners and countless community members Lift to Rise created a 2020-2022 Action Plan—a roadmap to radically increase housing stability and advance economic opportunity for all Coachella Valley residents. We envision a future where all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable, and thriving.

In recent months, Lift To Rise has garnered significant regional, state, and national attention for its efforts to support both the immediate housing needs of the Coachella Valley’s most vulnerable population in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its long-term vision for large-scale housing production and policy reform.

Since March, Lift To Rise has played a leadership role in United Lift, including the aggregation and disbursement more than $12 million in regional resources in the form of direct cash and rental assistance. This work helped nearly 8,000 households in eastern Riverside County stay housed and pay for food, utilities, childcare, and other vital expenses. This effort, which has had a direct impact on the many farm workers living and working in the Coachella Valley, recently received national attention by the PBS News Hour. The full segment, which aired on November 11, can be found here, and our COVID-19 Response Report (December 11, 2020) provides more information on the need and impact of these emergency efforts.

Lift To Rise has mobilized a cross-sector stakeholder group that set a 10-year goal to produce 10,000 affordable housing units in the Coachella Valley, reducing the number of rent-burdened families by a third. Accompanying this production goal is policy reform, pipeline development and an investment agenda. To advance this goal, Lift To Rise is establishing the Coachella Valley Housing Catalyst Fund, a source of flexible, favorably priced capital for community development projects. The fund will finance a current pipeline of $800 million in projects, and 2,000 housing units with immediate capital caps of about $100 million. More information the housing needs of Coachella Valley residents and the Fund can be found in the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s March 2020 profile.

As noted in a November 24, 2020 Commentary in Cal Matters by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, “[Lift To Rise’s] vision is not housing production alone, but housing production paired with bold policy reform, pipeline development and an investment agenda…. While too many communities are left to fight over the crumbs when it comes to affordable housing, Lift To Rise and their partners in the Valley are trying to bake a bigger, better cake. California needs more of these big cake solutions, with regional cooperation and real community buy-in, to make our state affordable for every family.”

To learn more, please visit: http://lifttorise.org.

Job Details


Attributes and Qualities

  • Deep and proven understanding of poverty alleviation and systems change work, including but not limited to experience with community development finance (Community Development Financial Institutions, intermediaries, affordable housing), social determinants of health, philanthropy, advocacy and policy, and/or collective impact
  • A passion and authentic commitment to justice and equity for people of all ethnicities, races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, physical and mental abilities and characteristics, and philosophies
  • Genuine commitment to resident and community issues, as well as to maintaining the integrity of the vision, mission, and values of Lift To Rise
  • Exceptional writing skills; ability to clearly and convincingly communicate an aspirational vision that aligns with Lift To Rise’s mission, strategic direction and goals, supported by programmatic details and measurements of success
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills, attention to message, detail, branding, and style standards
  • Superior organizational and time management skills, ability to meet deadlines
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, experience working with or at philanthropic organizations a plus
  • Enthusiastic embrace of a fast-paced “start-up” work style that involves a high degree of collaboration
  • “Roll up your sleeves” attitude, openness to an organization that is quickly growing, evolving and developing new initiatives and approaches to addressing poverty


  • A minimum of five years of grant writing and/or fund development experience or equivalent professional writing experience
  • Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree in public policy, social work, or related area preferred
  • Experience working in and/or with communities of color
  • Able to work full-time, including weekends and evenings as needed
  • Visual acuity to operate computer and laptop for extended periods of time
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, comfort with grant portals (e.g. Fluxx)

General Responsibilities


Under the direction of and in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Fund Development and Philanthropic Accountability will support Lift To Rise’s revenue development goals through proposal writing and the management of philanthropic grant reports. This new position will play a critical role in ensuring Lift To Rise secures, retains and expands the philanthropic resources needed to advance the organization’s rapid growth and widening impact.


Proposal Development

  • In the role of “lead writer,” this position will support the CEO in both securing new philanthropic grants and renewing or extending existing grants by developing clear, persuasive and compelling narrative about the organization and its work (current budget – approximately $2 million in philanthropic grants secured annually)
  • Support the CEO in advancing proposals for current and emerging areas of need and opportunity, including a $100 million Housing Capital Fund and emergency funds to support rental assistance and home stabilization, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Project-manage grant application processes, including collecting information from other key team members
  • Oversee the collection of technical and supporting information for proposals
  • Prepare briefing materials for funders as required
  • Conduct fund development research, stay abreast of trends in philanthropic giving in the Coachella Valley and nationally

Reporting and Grant Management

  • Track all partnership and grant revenue, serving as the primary point of contact for fund development operations
  • Develop and closely manage calendar of key reporting dates, leading to the submission of on-time and high-quality grant reports and appropriate acknowledgements
  • Ensure all grant files are centrally filed and accessible

Relationship Management

  • Maintain strong relationships with administrative staff and/or program officers at philanthropic organizations
  • Maintain working knowledge of the range of partners that comprise Lift To Rise’s Collective Action Network
  • Potential opportunity to grow into a relationship manager with individual donors


To apply for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter that clearly indicates how your experience and qualifications align with this position to the following link. We encourage you to be detailed and direct in your cover letter, so we can best understand your interest and potential fit. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please email Adrienne O’Rourke.

Job Benefits

Full-time with benefits

Salary/Pay Rate


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  • Coachella Valley/Palm Desert