Foundation Manager

Economic Hardship Reporting Project – an award-winning journalism organization – is seeking a part-time Foundation Manager. We would also consider a consultant for this role.


The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization with a $1.2M budget that supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories, often countering the typical narratives. We then inject this high-quality journalism into the mainstream media, mobilizing readers to change systems perpetuating economic hardship. EHRP does this by funding and co-publishing reportage at the most renowned and popular media outlets, from The New York Times and The Guardian to Showtime.

EHRP-supported work has won an Emmy and many other awards, including a Society of Professional Journalists Award, a National Press Photographers’ Association Best of Photojournalism Award, a Webby, and others.


Foundation Manager position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Foundation Manager will be responsible for the development and management of EHRP’s fundraising strategy and will contribute to the fulfillment of the organization’s strategic goals.

The Foundation Manager will be charged with developing and implementing all institutional fundraising efforts. This is an outstanding opportunity for a development professional with a proven track record of grants strategy, writing, and management. The successful candidate will have exceptional writing skills, be detail-oriented, and possess the creativity and follow-through necessary to support EHRP’s growth.  This is a newly created role with the potential, over time, to grow a team for a mission-driven organization with strong institutional support.



  • Manage a robust portfolio of foundation and corporate donors. This includes executing all aspects of institutional support, i.e. writing proposals and reports, collecting required attachments, working with program staff to ensure transparent communication around grant deliverables and outcomes, liaising with our consultant CFO to secure financial reports, etc.
  • Aggressively prospect for new foundation funding opportunities by identifying and reaching out to potential funders.  Communicate regularly with program staff on new prospects, potential program designs, and strategies for identifying additional funding for current projects.
  • Cultivate relationships with all funders, including program officers and board members.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of grant agreements and maintain donor files.
  • Support staff in their development of partnerships with philanthropies, other nonprofits and other publications and handle the fundraising aspects of said partnerships.
  • Partner with the Executive Director to make sure the Board is informed and engaged in development work as appropriate, reporting on our development function and progress on fundraising goals to the Board on a regular basis.
  • Support the development and execution of individual giving and events (less than 15%).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director



  • On-the-job experience required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred by not required.
  • 5+ years of grants management experience
  • Proven track record of institutional fundraising (grant writing, reporting, prospecting, budget development for grants, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience raising funds from and stewarding individual donors
  • Experience developing and tracking fundraising efforts using software such as or other similar system
  • Familiarity with contemporary fundraising software and online donation tools
  • Exceptional writing skills and attention to detail
  • Understanding of different types of funding (for example, restricted vs. unrestricted) and compliance with funding guidelines required.



  • Experience with Google Drive,, Slack
  • Experience in the field of nonprofit media generally or journalism specifically



This is a 50% FTE role. The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $55,000 based on qualifications and experience.

Professional development opportunities are also available, including travel to conferences that are aligned with the role.



EHRP will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a deadline of February 21, 2024. To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, a brief relevant writing sample, and three references (these will only be contacted during final interviews) to: Foundations – at – economichardship -dot -org

No phone calls, please.


EHRP’s History

EHRP emerged in 2012 in a bleak climate. The number of billionaires doubled between 2009 and 2014, but few others else saw much of a windfall. Despite economic growth, inequality continues to rise and poverty to soar. It’s unquestionably one of the biggest domestic stories of our lifetime: intractable, long-term unemployment and income gaps between the wealthy, the middle class and the working poor.

Inspired by the Farm Security Administration and the Works Progress Administration initiatives of the Great Depression, we seek to give voice and work to writers and photographers from underrepresented quarters. Our aim is to humanize inequality. Our writers and photographers, some of whom may be on the brink of poverty themselves, report intimate, uplifting and sometimes shocking stories. For more about EHRP, visit

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