Volunteer Opportunity: Grant Writers at Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence

Our mission is to educate communities on the dangers of domestic violence, connect victims and survivors, and assist them in the transformation of their lives. We are currently seeking 3 Grant Writer Volunteers to fulfill this position. This is not only a great way to help the community, but also gain experience and build their resume. This role can be done on site at our San Diego, CA location or virtually.

A copy of the description is below. Interested volunteers can email their resume at volunteers@breakthesilencedv.org.

Responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with Grants & Research Manager to provide regular written updates (newsletters etc) to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Understanding of institutional history and programs.
  • Make appointments for VP Development and Grants and Research Manager with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees).
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc).
  • Work with Grants & Research Manager to provide development input for all written institutional materials (including Annual Report, Member magazine).
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Prior experience in grant writing (1-2 years at least)
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments