Position: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Reports to: President
Location: San Francisco, CA
Horizons Foundation has been dedicated to serving, funding, and helping to lead the LGBTQ community for 40 years. Established in 1980 as a San Francisco–based community foundation, Horizons’ mission statement reads:
As the world’s first community foundation of, by and for LGBTQ people, Horizons invests in LGBTQ nonprofits, strengthens a culture of LGBTQ giving, and builds a permanent endowment to secure our community’s future for generations to come.
Horizons is a national leader in promoting LGBTQ philanthropy, recently recognized as one of the LGBTQ movement’s “Top 10” funders by the national advocacy group Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Last year, Horizons distributed more than $6 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits throughout the country, with more than half supporting organizations in the Bay Area. Grants were awarded to LGBTQ nonprofits and to LGBTQ-focused programs at non-LGBTQ-specific organizations. Through its donor-advised fund (DAF) program, Horizons also makes grants to non-LGBTQ nonprofits regionally and nationally.
Last year, Horizons provided critical funding to both LGBTQ and non- LGBTQ organizations, including support for projects that addressed violence and bullying; provided low/no-cost mental health care for LGBTQ people; supported LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness; served Latinx families with LGBTQ children; brought cutting-edge performing arts to screens and stages; helped LGBTQ immigrants fleeing persecution and violence in their native countries; and scores more. Horizons responded aggressively to the COVID-19 pandemic and brought more than $1.2 million to over 65 Bay Area nonprofits through its LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund, including San Francisco LGBTQ Center, Transgender Law Center, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, Homeless Youth Alliance, Openhouse, Oakland LGBTQ Center, Positive Resource Center (PRC), the South Bay’s Billy deFrank Center, GLBT Historical Society and LGBTQ Connection Napa and Sonoma.
In addition to helping meet today’s needs, Horizons is working to ensure that future generations of LGBTQ people have the resources they will need to serve, protect, advocate for, and celebrate our community far into the future. To that end, the foundation is building the first LGBTQ community endowment fund dedicated to future generations and to helping donors today find ways to create personally meaningful – and impactful – legacies. To date, Horizons has identified more than $120 million in future legacy gifts that donors are leaving to the foundation and our community.
The Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) position offers a rare opportunity to make a profound and lasting impact on the LGBTQ community in the Bay Area and beyond and to promote and support LGBTQ philanthropy broadly. As a member of the senior management team, the CPO will play an integral leadership role within the organization and work closely with the president, board, and colleagues to develop and implement the foundation’s strategies and initiatives.
Horizons seeks an exceptional and strategic fundraiser who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and can continue to build a comprehensive development program for an organization with a remarkable track record, widespread impact, and a powerful long-term vision for the LGBTQ community. The CPO is responsible for managing and strengthening key functional components of the foundation’s fundraising program, including annual, major, and planned giving, institutional giving, events, and development operations, including donor recognition and stewardship. The CPO will supervise and lead a team of three FTEs and a grantwriting consultant. There are current plans to expand this team in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023.
The CPO’s work and impact extend well beyond fundraising alone. This position – along with the president – will shape and drive Horizons’ efforts to enhance giving and philanthropy throughout the LGBTQ community. This scope includes oversight of Horizons’ DAF program, as well as the critical legacy (planned) giving program. The DAF program currently includes 160 funds, with significant future growth anticipated. The CPO and their team will work closely with and provide counsel to donors who have established DAFs to help them realize their philanthropic goals. Horizons’ planned/legacy giving program is among the largest in the LGBTQ movement and lies at the core of Horizons’ long-term vision and strategic plan for the LGBTQ community. As with the DAF program, the CPO will work regularly with individual donors on developing and structuring what Horizons calls their “Legacies of Pride.”
The CPO will oversee the foundation’s educational and community-building programs among both donors and professional financial-planning and estate-planning advisors and serve as one of the foundation’s most important external voices. They will also work closely with Horizons’ communications team to design and implement effective development communications materials and strategies.
Legacy Giving and Donor-Advised Fund Programs
The successful candidate will be:
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation will be based on experience, with compensation range from $145,000 - $180,000. A generous employee benefits package will be offered, including significant employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan. Horizons’ staff currently works together from a downtown San Francisco location (one block from BART/MUNI) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and may choose to work remotely on Fridays and Mondays.
Horizons Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that supports and lives diversity in our staffing and values. We actively seek and welcome applications from people who identify as people of color; women; transgender, gender-conforming, and non-binary; LGBTQ; and people living with disabilities. We comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment, and encourage and seek qualified candidates of all backgrounds.
To be considered for this position or for additional information on the opportunity, please contact or send cover letter and resume – preferably in a single document – to: [email protected]
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Horizons Foundation is deeply committed to diversity and invites all qualified people to apply, particularly people who identify as transgender, people of color, women, and/or people with disabilities.
Thank you for your interest in Horizons Foundation and your support for the LGBTQ community.