Job Opportunity: Collaborative Philanthropy Consultant, San Diego Grantmakers

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) seeks a consultant or consultant team to support three to five of its funder and cross-sector collaboratives. The consultant will be skilled in meeting planning and facilitation; experienced with consensus building and moving individuals from thought to action; demonstrably committed to SDG’svalues; and adept at providing a detailed verbal summary and written record of discussions, decisions, and action items.More information about our approach to collaborative funder and cross-sector groups can be found at

The initial engagement will be through August 2020. Depending on the outcome of an ongoing sustainability and impact planning process, the work may be taken on by an employee on SDG’s staff or the consultant may have the opportunity to continue to support the work. The status of that will not be known until at least July 2020.

Due to the nature of the work, flexibility in schedule and scope is required. The consultant will coordinate closely with the Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives on content and member relations; they will coordinate closely with the Coordinator on logistics. The consultant will perform all administrative tasks, e.g., scheduling, agenda development, note taking. The Coordinator will manage catering and room reservations, maintain an email listserv, and update the Salesforce database with meeting attendance for each group.

Groups to be managed (3-5):

  • Military Funders (meet quarterly; one funding initiative underway)
  • Early Childhood Funders (meet 6/year; one funding initiative underway, one in development)
  • STEAM Funders (meet quarterly; one funding initiative underway, one in development)
  • Tentative: Food Funders (meet 6/year; one funding initiative underway)
  • Tentative: Community Development Finance Institutions (meet quarterly; agenda/notes only)

While the precise scope of work will be determined together with the consultant and collaborative group members and adapted on an ongoing basis depending on how the collaborative group’s work develops, the following outlines the overall objectives and framework:

Facilitate funder groups to advance collaborative solutions to urgent community needs–grounded in SDG’s Learn, Plan, Act framework for collaborative philanthropy.

  • Support learning and planning objectives through strategic facilitation and planning, leveraging understanding of members’ individual goals to achieve group consensus.
  • Provide logistical support including agenda development, speaker identification and preparation, and note-taking.
  • Identify and strengthen linkages among SDG groups, with particular focus on the values of social equity.
  • Identify opportunities for members to incorporate advocacy alongside their funding to advance collaboration efforts.

Champion Equity and Opportunity

  • Incorporate equity considerations into collaborative work, grounded in our principle that an inclusive social change ecosystem improves the economic, social and physical wellbeing of all residents in our region.
  • Advocate for grant-making practices consistent with SDG’s values related to full costs, capacity building, equity, and open communication with nonprofits and community members

Ensure successful collaborative grantmaking (as needed)

  • Design effective letters of interest and requests for proposals through a facilitated discussion among funder collaborative members and related steering committees.
  • Ensure a well-organized, transparent, and accessible grant-making process.

San Diego Grantmakers is committed to seeking out vendors who reflect the diversity of the people, organizations, and communities in our county, and who are aligned with our mission and values as outlined in our Strategic Framework

We request that you provide us with details if your organization meets one or more of the following criteria:

Company leadership of Native American(s), individual(s) of color, refugee(s), immigrant(s), individual(s) with disabilities, women, LGBTQIA+ people.

Socially responsible (We define socially responsible as organization that have environmentally friendly/green/sustainable practices and/or living wage policies or providing job training opportunities to individuals needing assistance such as re-entry from the criminal justice system.)

If you have a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification, or similar certification, please include with your proposal.  The information you provide will be kept confidential and is for internal SDG use only.

SDG Suppliers will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices on grounds of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or disability.


Hourly and materials. Estimated at 10-20 hours/month.


Please provide a summary of your interest and relevant experience/qualifications. Please indicate your compensation model and rates. As of February 14, applications are no longer being accepted.

Please send materials and address any questions to SDG Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives, Megan Thomas, at [email protected] or 858-875-3332.

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