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Philanthropy Assistant (The Boston Foundation)

Company Name

The Boston Foundation

Company City


Company State


Job Location

Boston, MA

Company Information

The Boston Foundation believes that one of the great strengths of the Greater Boston community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age and physical abilities. The Foundation seeks to enhance and support that diversity, not only by its grant making, but also by adopting and implementing employment policies and practices designed to recognize and respond to such diversity.

The Boston Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Job Description

Title: Philanthropy Assistant
Department: Philanthropy Group
Reports To: Senior Director, Gift Planning and Advisor Relations
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt FTE: 1
Supervises: None


The Philanthropy Assistant provides administrative support to the Gift Planning and Professional Advisor Relations team.

Essential Functions:

•Provide general administrative support to team members as requested;
•Provide essential functions to support fundraising work including completing donor research, drafting emails to donors, and tracking gifts;
•Provide support for e-blasts and other communications;
•Provide technical and administrative support for events including managing timelines and activities in coordination with the Events Team, tracking and coordination of guest lists, invitation mailings and follow-up correspondence; assist with occasional events in the mornings (prior to 9:00am) and evenings (after 5:00pm);
•Support the team in advance, during and after in-person and Zoom meetings as appropriate including research, preparation of development packets, travel arrangements and expense reimbursements;
•Provide key administrative support to maintain prospect, donor and fund records in Salesforce database; ensure timely entry of activities;
•Work collaboratively with colleagues to implement and uphold data integrity protocols to ensure accurate reporting and inform departmental activities;
•Run reports from Salesforce and Foundation Power databases;
•Manage calendars for the team;
•Process and submit expense reports and invoices on a semi-monthly basis;
•Maintain notes and agendas for committee and team meetings;
•Assist with correspondence, mailings and written communications; and
•Complete Gift Processing Forms for received gifts.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

•Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

•Currently on a hybrid schedule, requiring both in office and remote work weekly;
•Ability to work on-site and remotely as required;
•Ability to work at workstation for long periods of time; and
•Ability to use a keyboard for extended periods of time.

The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.

Job Qualifications


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

•College degree or equivalent experience; and
•At least 1-3 years of office-based administrative work experience.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

•Eagerness and ability to center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in everything that we do in line with Our New Pathway;
•Excellent organization skills and impeccable attention to detail and accuracy;
•Ability to follow a task through to completion, proactively reporting on progress;
•Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills;
•Strong customer service orientation;
•Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products – especially Outlook, Word, and Power Point; Salesforce or other database experience a plus;
•Facility with Zoom, including screensharing, creating breakout rooms, etc.
•Excellent data management and reporting skills;
•Professional and mature interpersonal work style, ability to interact well with a diverse range of people;
•Ability to adjust work activity to various management styles;
•Ability to make decisions regarding organizing own workload and managing multiple tasks;
•Must be independent, proactive and able to work under the pressure of tight deadlines;
•Participatory work style; team player and sense of humor; ability to give and receive feedback;
•Willingness and ability to work outside the regularly scheduled work day as needed;
•Strong goal orientation with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities; and
•Willingness and ability to handle confidential information.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted online. Go to and select “Philanthropy Assistant” to complete our online application process.

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