Philanthropy Associate, Donor Advised Funds @ Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Philanthropy Associate, Donor Advised Funds

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address the pressing issues facing our community and develop innovative strategies that result in a deep and lasting impact.

Our vision is a vibrant, connected, and enduring Jewish community that is a force for good locally, in Israel, and around the world. Our work is guided by the timeless Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The Federation seeks highly motivated individuals with a variety of skill sets to build the next generation of Federation engagement. We are especially interested in forward-thinking, collaborative, and open-minded candidates who are willing to take risks, possess a high level of integrity, and model a positive attitude that inspires confidence.

The Federation helps donors make their philanthropy more effective. Through the generosity of over 1,100 donors, the Federation grants close to $200 million a year, both locally and globally, to a variety of Jewish and non-sectarian causes. Federation Philanthropy Partners works with these donors, who all have unique situations and varying degrees of need for our guidance. Our aim is to be a trusted advisor and to inform, educate, inspire, and challenge philanthropy driven by Jewish values, and the philanthropists in our communities.

The Philanthropy Associate will work as part of a team administering donor-advised funds: donor-directed charitable giving vehicles established by donors we serve in the Federation Philanthropy Partners practice. The Donor Advised Funds (DAF) program contains approximately 1,100 funds totaling over $650 million and disburses approximately 10,000 grants per year. The DAF program, as part of the Federation Philanthropy Partners team, is a growing practice, and the person in this position can anticipate the opportunity to grow professionally and rise in the organization over time. The Philanthropy Associate will also support the Program Manager of Philanthropic Funds and other colleagues to meet donor and prospective donor needs. Philanthropy Associate may also be responsible for assisting with key projects in the business development of the philanthropy advisory practice at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. This work will support a growth strategy that has the goal of becoming a preeminent philanthropy advisory practice in the Jewish world, a trusted advisor to generations of Jewish philanthropists, and a pacesetter in philanthropy. This team support will be assigned depending on areas of expertise and need and may include: supporting the development of donor-centric service models; supporting the build of specific programs and the delivery of specific events related to donor experience; and supporting due diligence on new products, platforms, and services for our clients.

Donor-Advised Fund administration:

Grants Administration

Participate as part of the DAF team to process grant recommendations, conduct due diligence for weekly grant batches, and coordinate the mailing process
Compile grant materials for board docket and coordinate internal vetting process for new organizations and projects
Communicate with the accounting team and grantees, as necessary, regarding fulfillment of grant requests
Client service and fund management

Assist DAF donors on day-to-day issues regarding all aspects of their funds; perform administrative tasks related to donor requests as necessary
Technology Support

Provide donor support for online portal access and utilization
Assist with online portal updates, improvements, and communication process
Database Management

Maintain and update DAF records as necessary in the database
Assist with statement delivery and communication process
Work with DAF and accounting teams to establish new funds, as well as update and retire existing funds
Gift Administration

Receive, record, and acknowledge contributions to donor-advised funds
Federation Philanthropy Partners practice donor service delivery:

Completes, with donors and colleagues, key meeting follow-ups so that clients receive caring, pro-active, competent service
Documents outcomes of donor meetings in CRM and assists with follow-ups for Associates and Advisors
May help to coordinate donor meetings, including the production of agendas, timing, and scheduling; electronic and paper documentation and delivery; supporting Philanthropy Advisors to set agendas for families’ key philanthropy concerns, foundation agenda, and/or issues throughout the year
Uses and at times administers database information for prospecting, donor service, and events
Runs reports for staff, board, and lay leadership, as requested
Assists in the delivery of events for donors and prospects
Is briefed and knowledgeable about Federation’s priorities and funding areas, and can ably represent Federation as a member of the larger team
Participates as a member of the Federation Philanthropy Partners team for a specific group of projects designed to further develop and advance the business
Communicates professionally with volunteer leadership, and provides professional support to these leaders
Supports the management of a community catalog of Jewish giving opportunities for internal and external programs, programmatic content, collaborative funding opportunities, and educational events as needed
This position will eventually require occasional attendance/participation at events in the evening or on weekends

3-5 years of direct client service experience in any multifaceted, complex environment
Bachelor’s Degree required

Experience working with high-net-worth clients preferred
Experience participating in the management of donor-advised funds and/or philanthropic operations, systems, and grant programs preferred
Exceptional organizational skills
Intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial mindset and interest encouraged
Knowledge of and appreciation for the Jewish community, its customs, and practices
Proven ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies
Strong interpersonal skills and team approach
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Must have a positive attitude that inspires confidence and action
Demonstrated ability to establish and meet objectives and performance standards
Ability/comfort level to work with a broad cross-section of individuals from the community
Proficiency in MS Office Suite
This position will require the ability to work in our San Francisco office approximately 2-5 days per week

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
TO APPLY For additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to [email protected] Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits — medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick pay, holidays (including Jewish), and retirement plan
[email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-07-23
  • Times this job has been viewed: 387 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Associate, Community Outreach, Philanthropy
  • Organization Type: Fundraising, Federation
Job Location
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco , California 94105


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