Advancement Manager

· Grand Rapids, Michigan
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $56,000

Family Promise of Grand Rapids – Advancement Manager

Family Promise of Grand Rapids strives to give parents the hope and encouragement they need to create a better future for their kids and end the cycle of homelessness. Through our prevention, emergency shelter, housing services, homeownership, family engagement/stabilization services, and Early Childhood services, we’ve helped over 2,500 families build a stronger future.


At Family Promise of Grand Rapids, we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our organization and community stronger. Our culture is the result of our behaviors, our personal commitment, our curiosity, how we collaborate, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same.  This culture brings us together, allows us to stand out, and empowers all of us to connect, belong, and grow.


Family Promise of Grand Rapids Core Values:

  • Has Passion for Mission
  • Prioritizes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Is Dedicated to Hospitality
  • Collaborates Intentionally
  • Is Hungry, Humble, and Smart
  • Assumes Good Intent
  • Strives for Excellence and Sustained Impact


The organized, detailed, compassionate, and highly motivated person in this full-time position plays an important role in the success of Family Promise of Grand Rapids. This person will be responsible for the execution of the Annual Fund Plan including donor relations, donor database management monthly reporting, and grant management ensuring the organization is financially sustainable to do the important work of its mission.

Knowledge and skills needed for this role include experience in basic fundraising strategies with the ability to establish and execute plans for the Annual Fund for the organization. They will have the ability cultivate relationships as well as research, write and report on all grants as well as understand and strategically use data. Possessing strong writing and communication skills in needed in this role. In addition, this individual will need to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be detail and goal orientated, have a passion for mission, prioritize team over self, and be someone who can work in a diverse environment.


Our Ideal Candidate will:

  • Create, implement and evaluate strategies that lead to sound donor recruitment, cultivation, prospecting, segmentation, recognition, and stewardship
  • Implement, and execute annual fundraising efforts including content creation for mailings, appeals, reports, and other relevant donor communication
  • Lead generation and stewardship for businesses, individuals and foundation giving
  • New donor engagement efforts through education and community presentations
  • Responsible for donor database management including data quality ensuring accurate data and production of monthly reports
  • Write and submit high-quality grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and grant reports
  • Create and monitor grant management and reporting schedule
  • Event support as needed
  • Additional duties as needed to support agency.

Work Environment:

  • Work is performed on site at our Grand Rapids main office and flexible work from home opportunities based on projects.
  • Lifting of materials of up to 20 pounds may be necessary.
  • May infrequently require working weekends and/or evenings

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required or relevant education and work experience in a related field.
  • Two years of annual fund management preferred
  • Experience working in a deadline-driven environment
  • Possess strong project management skills and experience
  • Able to work well in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Must be self-driven and able to work independently.
  • Strong communications skills (written, verbal, and presentation)
  • Must possess a positive, can-do attitude with a commitment to hospitality to others.
  • Be familiar with and comfortable working in a faith-based environment with congregations and clergy on a regular basis
  • Energetic, self-motivated, organized individual who is accustomed to or seeking to, working in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to work with confidential information and maintain the privacy of the material
  • Must be able to execute work in alignment with the with core values of the organization.
  • Must be committed to and passionate about the organization’s mission
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word/PowerPoint/Excel/Gmail/Google Docs, and other common computer skills/software/programs.


Full Time, non-exempt position.  Approximately 40 hours per week.  Reports to the Vice President of Advancement.


Family Promise of Grand Rapids offers a full array of employee benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401k plan.  Family Promise of Grand Rapids also offers paid time off and paid holidays.


Family Promise of Grand Rapids is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Family Promise of Grand Rapids is committed to recruiting, employing, compensating, and promoting on the basis of qualifications and experience, and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. 


We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment background verification checks.


Go to to learn more about us. Resumes can be submitted via the job posting link or by visiting our website. Questions can be directed to Lisa Valk at Family Promise of Grand Rapids or 616-608-8918.


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