Philanthropy Manager, Place-Based Organization Partnerships

Dallas, Texas, United States | Philanthropy | Full-time | Allows remote

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The Strategic Philanthropy team plays an integral role in supporting the mission, vision, and impact of the Commit Partnership by cultivating and stewarding investors in the organization’s work.

Critical to the success of Commit is the success of our educational partners who provide direct services to communities and neighborhoods across Dallas. As a new role to the Commit team, The Philanthropy Manager of Place-Based Organization Partnership’s primary responsibility is to manage a portfolio of 3-4 partnering nonprofits providing comprehensive fundraising support including activities such as grant management, donor relationship management, gift processing, and donor event coordination. In addition, this role will collaboratively build fundraising capacity and systems within the partnering organizations – with the ultimate outcome of improved capacity to fundraise autonomously for each organization within 24 months. As a key lever to meet this goal, the Manager will apply a consultant-style approach to quickly learn the mission and work of each partner, create compelling narratives, develop fundraising strategy, and build fundraising structures and processes.

We don’t take the responsibility to support our partners lightly – this is a fast-paced job with lots of deadlines and we expect excellence and passion from our teammate. This role will work in close collaboration with other Commit Philanthropy team members while working alongside the leaders and staff at partnering organizations to meet individual and organizational goals. Our team takes a “lead from your seat” approach to the work, so you will also contribute to departmental and organizational strategy. For us that means you will:

  • Capture and translate the work and impact of each partner into compelling and customized fundraising narratives that secure meaningful investments from local funders.
  • Manage grant applications and related documents (e.g. required reports, budgets, decks, specific inquiries, etc.) for a portfolio of 3-4 place-based nonprofit organizations in coordination with respective development staff at partnering organization and the Director of Strategic Relationships at Commit.
  • Build fundraising systems and infrastructure for 3-4 partners that ensure accurate gift processing, financial reporting, and grant outcomes reporting.
  • Gather community input to inform efforts of both the place-based organization and Commit.
  • Coordinate fundraising events, site visits, giving campaigns, giving circles, and other activities to steward and secure investments.
    • Lead sideways and manage up through ownership of fundraising outcomes for Commit and some of the team’s key workstreams and initiatives.
    • Support leaders at partnering organizations in preparing for meetings and responding to requests from investors and providing follow-up support as necessary.
    • Research grant opportunities for the purpose of developing additional funding resources for both current and proposed initiatives as well as serving as a clearinghouse for potential grant funding opportunities.

What Commit Is Looking For

While Commit has certain credential requirements, the right person for this role will be an effective connector, relationship manager, and strategic partner for our partners. Commit is seeking someone special and that means:

  • A TEDTalker: You take complex topics and distill them to their essential parts and you have an engaging communication style. We want someone who can write the novel and the CliffsNotes®, weaving a story with words and data.
  • Relationship- & Results-Oriented: You are more than a problem solver—you are a problem solver with a service mindset and a healthy dose of relationship charm under your belt. When given a goal and the bar for success, you outline multiple ways to ring the bell, managing a project from end to end as you marshal the necessary people, information, and resources to get the job done.
  • Lead with Strengths; Grow with Intent: You know your strengths and how to put them to work for yourself and others. You openly acknowledge areas where you have room to grow and seek intentional development and mentorship to grow, learn, and lead.
  • A Nerdy Passion for Detail and Organization: Friends joke that they can’t move even a pencil out of place on your desk without your noticing. Your keen attention to detail spots an error in a magazine article, and you can absolutely tell when someone switches fonts in the middle of a document. You’ve never met a project plan you didn’t love (unless it was thrown together haphazardly and fails to specify roles and responsibilities with time-bound milestones).
  • Equity Focused: The students and communities we ultimately serve come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. You have a deep belief in the potential of all students (every child, every day, no excuses) and a commitment to do whatever it takes to expand educational opportunities. Furthermore, you approach the work with a perspective informed by experience in low-income communities and an understanding of the systemic challenges of poverty and racism.

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or other related field preferred.
  • Four+ years of experience in fundraising for educational or other social service nonprofits, with a proven record of securing charitable investments to fulfill a $1 - $2 Million organizational budget.
  • Established, accomplished relationships with local funders preferred.
  • A deep knowledge of the Dallas Philanthropic landscape preferred.

This is a two-year (24 month) grant-funded position with the opportunity to extend beyond 24 months based on funding.

This position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Please direct any questions to Please reference “Philanthropy Manager, PBO” in the subject line. For more information, please visit:

The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

The Commit Partnership does not sponsor visas of any kind.


About the Commit Partnership:

The Commit Partnership is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Dallas County should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, “Early Matters Dallas”, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, “Best-in-Class DFW”, aims in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving DFW’s 1.2 million students. Our third initiative, “Dallas County Promise”, seeks to align our local higher ed institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality post-secondary education.

Each effort is supported by a dedicated advisory board responsible for fundraising, advocacy, and monitoring community progress and is guided by community strategic plans developed by global management consulting firms Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co., and McKinsey &Co., Day-to-day work is supported by more than 25 full-time staff who combine data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to. collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for Dallas County students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution.

Core Values

  • Students First: We are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately our decisions rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?    
  • Systemic Impact: We maintain patience and persistence while relentlessly insisting upon efficient and highly-effective approaches to sustainably change systems to more effectively serve their communities.
  • Equity and Inclusion: We work with others to transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We help set the table for an expansive conversation, welcoming and valuing every voice at the table, while actively and explicitly working to create outcomes that narrow opportunity gaps and shift power towards communities and individuals most impacted.
  • Humility: We embrace the fact that our success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and our community. We learn and grow best together. 
  • Joy: We bring a constant sense of optimism and fun to this difficult work.
  • Integrity: We will act honestly and ethically in all internal and external decisions, in the ways we present data, and in how we communicate with partners; this unwavering commitment allows us to best serve students, families, and the community.