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Philanthropy Advisor (2 levels)

Philanthropy Advisor (2 levels)
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Job Description: 


Reporting to the Director of Donor Engagement or a Senior Philanthropy Advisor, the Philanthropy Advisor is responsible for developing partnerships with a portfolio of donors, facilitating giving experiences and providing strategic guidance to help them become the best philanthropists they can be, as well as connecting them to local issues and solutions. This position will require a breadth of knowledge of local community needs to increase philanthropic impact in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, contributing to the community foundation’s vision to be the local catalyst for positive change. Supervisory responsibilities may be included.


  • Serve as the community foundation’s representative to a portfolio of high net worth donors, cultivating and maintaining meaningful relationships while providing easy and elevated customer service.
  • Provide strategic philanthropic planning, implementation and evaluation that meets individual donor goals for giving. This includes grantmaking support, such as research, due diligence and site visits.
  • Build awareness and financial support among donors for community foundation programs, community initiatives, and special events.
  • Connect donors with experts across the foundation and wider community (planned giving, grantmaking, investments, nonprofits, funder networks etc.) to meet their philanthropic goals.   
  • Stay current and generate content on trends in philanthropy and on issues of community importance
  • Lead special projects, including planning and implementation of donor events.
  • Represent the community foundation at events and conferences.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree Plus: Minimum 5+ years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated success in managing complex client relationships and / or institutional grantmaking in a fast-paced organization.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and work independently, as well as collaboratively in teams.
  • Previous experience designing and / or managing events to support information dissemination and network building.
  • Knowledge and expertise in the evolving landscape of philanthropy and the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, presentation and listening skills for diverse audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Excellent information technology skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in development of professional skills / expertise.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with known physical or mental disabilities