Grants Associate

Philadelphia 19103, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

Mission First Housing Group is seeking a dynamic Grants Associate, a critical position in its five-member Fundraising & Communications Department. Reporting to Mission First’s Director of Philanthropy & Communication, the Grants Associate will identify, define and develop funding sources to support existing and planned program activities, as well as coordinate the development, writing and submission of grant proposals and reports. The Grants Associate is also responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the performance of the program activities funded by public and privates sources.

Mission First Housing Group is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring everyone has access to a safe, affordable place to call home. Founded in 1989, Mission First develops and manages affordable, safe and sustainable homes for people in need, with a focus on the vulnerable. Today we provide affordable homes to 4,500 individuals in nearly 3,500 apartments across the mid-Atlantic region. Our Resident Services department complements our housing development and management work by providing support for residents to live independently, overcome challenges and meet individual and family goals.

Mission First is a family of seven affiliated nonprofit organizations, all working to address key issues related to housing security and anti-poverty programming for people in need. The Fundraising & Communications Department supports the work of the entire Mission First family of affiliates. A Grants Associate’s work will have a particular focus on two specific nonprofit affiliates: ACHIEVEability and Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of Philanthropy and executive staff to formulate an overall strategy for increasing support from foundations, corporate donors and public sector sources.
  • Develop written proposals/grant applications to foundations and corporate donors. This will include developing written case statements and narrative responses, as well as compiling necessary attachments and meeting all other submission requirements.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date print and electronic records of all foundation and corporate funders and prospects.
  • In partnership with program and executive staff, develop applications (both new funding applications and renewals), to public sector funding sources, e.g., HUD, PA Housing Finance Agency, City of Philadelphia and others.
  • Collect, analyze, and report data on the performance of the program activities that are funded by public and privates sources.
  • Work with program and finance staff to compile financials and other data.
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  • Develop and maintain a grants calendar.
  • Research funding sources and trends to help position Mission First and its affiliates ahead of funding changes or trends.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with foundation program officers, board trustees and local governmental staff.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on the progress of submitted proposals.
  • Closely monitor progress of the annual grants strategy to meet fundraising goals, working with the Director of Philanthropy to adjust the strategy as needed.
  • • Create reports for the Board and staff regarding grant information and giving analyses.
  • • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skill in writing and messaging for a variety of different audiences.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into meaningful language and messages for all audiences, and to develop written case statements and similar material in clear, concise and compelling language.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop successful grant proposals.
  • Able to work independently without close oversight, but also as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of Mission First.
  • A professional and resourceful style: an energetic self-starter with the ability to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects, as well as flexible with the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and operate in a deadline driven environment.
  • Strong familiarity with the Greater Philadelphia philanthropic community, especially with the foundation and corporate community.
  • High proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office to include Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Some experience working with a fundraising database a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 2+ years of experience in research and grant writing within a nonprofit organization


To apply, please send resume to [email protected]

Contact: HR Manager

Salary: $42,000 - $56,000

E-Mail: [email protected]

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Who Do You Trust?

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 20 September 2018, 7:35 am

As we approach the last quarter of the year, the three months when, historically, more dollars come to nonprofits than any other three month period, I’m often asked by reporters and regular folk how to determine if a nonprofit is “donation-worthy.” Unfortunately, our job at proving our worthiness got harder last year, as trust in nonprofits continued to drop.  According to Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer (which was released the beginning of this year), people from around the world are losing trust in government, for-profits, nonprofits, and the media.  In the United States, trust in all of these organizations dropped to 43%. .

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