Philanthropy Advisor

Date Posted: 
Tue, February 14, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Silicon Valley
Company Name: 
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Company Information: 

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at

Job Description: 


Reporting to the vice president, donor experience and engagement or to a senior philanthropy advisor, the philanthropy advisor is responsible for serving a portfolio of donors, building our capacity to serve as a comprehensive center for philanthropy and for contributing to the community foundation’s work to deliver a world class experience to all donors.


Serve as the community foundation’s representative to a portfolio of high net worth donors, cultivating and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Deliver thoughtful and responsive services that meet individual goals for giving.

Build awareness and financial support among donors for community foundation programs, initiatives, and special events.

Provide strategic philanthropic planning, implementation and evaluation.

Provide grantmaking support, such as research, due diligence and site visits, to support each donor’s goals for giving.

Actively connect donors with expert staff across the community foundation (planned giving, grantmaking, investments, etc.) to meet the needs of donors.

Engage donors in community foundation events, initiatives and activities, including peer-to-peer learning opportunities, such as donor circles.

Assist with our efforts to build strong practices and operations in our delivery of a world class Plan and implement donor events and lead special projects.

Stay current on trends in philanthropy and issues of community importance.

Represent the community foundation at events and conferences.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree a plus.

Minimum 7+ years’ experience and demonstrated success in managing complex client relationships and/or institutional grantmaking in a fast-paced organization.

Knowledge of and keen interest in the evolving landscape of philanthropy and the public and nonprofit sectors.

Demonstrated commitment to service and the transformational potential of giving

Excellent written and oral communication, presentation and listening skills for multiple and diverse audiences.

Excellent information technology skills.

Attention to detail and organizational skills.

Excellent people and project management skills, with an ability to work with diverse people in multicultural environments.

Ability to approach situations and challenges with a sense of humor.

How to apply: 


Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Please provide a resume and cover letter.

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