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OrganizationTess Ortega
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineDecember 21, 2018
College Degree Required?Yes
Phone(434) 338-7380


For over 30 years, the Mind & Life Institute has been the driving force in creating and growing the contemplative sciences field. Beginning as a series of dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading Western scientists and scholars, Mind & Life has since expanded to become the leading convener, catalyst, and community builder in supporting contemplative research and bridging practice and real world applications.

The mission of the Mind & Life Institute is to alleviate suffering and promote human flourishing by integrating science with contemplative practice and wisdom traditions.

Mind & Life is committed to building an inclusive community that integrates diversity of perspective and experience. We aim to maximize the benefits of diversity and to use diversity as a tool for enriching our organization and the field of contemplative research. We welcome candidates of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations.

The Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager will assist in meeting the Mind & Life Institute’s fundraising goals through support of all areas of philanthropy work, with a primary focus on the management of a well-coordinated, strategic program to cultivate and solicit support from foundations and corporations.


Job Duties

  • Strategically researches foundation and corporation grants and opportunities for sponsorship and underwriting for Mind & Life programs and activities. Packages Mind & Life’s existing programs for compelling presentations to funders. Creates opportunities for Mind & Life leadership to engage with funders via in person visits, video calls, and at Mind & Life events. Drafts and edits grant proposals and reports.
  • Works closely with Director of Philanthropy to prepare strategy and briefing documents for meetings with foundations and corporations; cultivation events for individuals.
  • Stewards relationships with existing donors and plays role in developing effective relationships with new donors. Represents Mind & Life at events and programs.
  • As a team member, plays creative role in Mind & Life fundraising email and direct mail campaign activity. Works closely with Philanthropy Associate to generate segmented, targeted lists for appeals and other philanthropy communications.
  • Maintains accuracy of tracking systems and databases for corporate and foundation constituents, while maintaining confidentiality of donor information. Prepares regular reports on corporate and foundation programs and major gifts.
  • Uses information and research tools available including WealthEngine to identify high propensity donor prospects. Leads donor qualification efforts, including letter generation and phone call and email follow up.
  • Provides input to annual fundraising plan with specific targets, goals, and responsibilities.
  • Completes other tasks and assignments as requested.
  • Occasional travel will be required.

Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3+ years of professional experience in development/philanthropy, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • In-depth experience (2+ years) with Sales Force or similar database required.
  • Knowledge of Wealth Engine, wealth intelligence services preferable.
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of office technology including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite. Proficiency with Prezi and other presentation software desired.
  • Ability to effectively engage others at all levels and from different backgrounds. Comfortable with public engagement: ability to articulate Mind & Life mission, impact and financial need with prospects and donors.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials with discretion. Tremendous attention to detail, organization skills, process management, and goal orientation.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully under pressure, understand and follow policies and procedures, and accommodate change.
  • Strong commitment to organizational mission of the Mind & Life Institute.

Work Schedule

40 hrs/week

Additional Info

Benefits Include:  Group Health and Dental Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403(b) Plan, Profit Sharing Plan, Optional daily group meditation and Paid Time Off options.

Position is open until filled.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to using the subject line “Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager.”