Jan 31, 2020

Director of Foundation Engagement

  • AMG International
  • Chattanooga, TN, USA
Full time Fund Raising

Job Description

Director of Foundation Engagement – Full Time in Chattanooga, Tennessee



Raise financial support from medium and large foundations and corporations to help resource the many international ministries and ministry partners of AMG International and Word 2 Act.

Short Job description

The Director of Foundation Engagement will identify potential foundations and corporations that may have an interest in the various international ministries and ministry partners of AMG International and Word 2 Act, develop relationships with potential and current funders, prepare and submit grant proposals, and provide funding impact reports. This position will contribute to the securing of funds for programmatic and capital needs, working in collaboration with a small group of fundraising professionals who focus on other potential donors such as private individuals, churches and institutional donors. The Director of Foundation Engagement will be a motivated, self-starter with a strong work ethic and excellent relation-building skills, and will be an integral part of the development teams at Word 2 Act and AMG International.


  • Responsible for analyzing and discovering potential funders and developing and managing grant requests related to relevant strategic programs and projects of AMG International and Word 2 Act in close cooperation with key administrators and project leaders of these respective organizations.
  • Provide guidance from experience and information gathered at Word 2 Act and AMG International regarding strategic decisions that should be made to ensure synergetic matches between programs, projects and donors.
  • Focus on relationship building, research, grant preparations, grant presentation and stewardship.
  • Contribute to joint fundraising initiatives with other internal stakeholders as applicable.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants.
  • Write high-quality letters of inquiry (LOIs), compelling grant proposals and persuasive presentations of those proposals.
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive proposal and stewardship calendar, seeking to effectively cultivate relations between AMG International, Word 2 Act, and foundation/corporate funding partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Secure needed funds from foundations and corporations to support the worldwide ministry efforts of Word 2 Act and AMG International.
  • Build relationships with current and potential funders that lead to greater strategic partnerships, including collaboration and joint proposals from AMG International, Word 2 Act, and their network ministry partners.
  • Work in collaboration with relevant key staff to ensure synergy is achieved in terms of fundraising activities between Word 2 Act, AMG International, and their international local partners.
  • Provide assistance to AMG International, Word 2 Act partners in their fundraising efforts.


  1. Networking, funding partner identification and grant preparation:
  • In collaboration with key administrators and stakeholders, help identify the most viable funding opportunities that support the mission, vision, and programmatic focus areas at Word 2 Act and AMG International.
  • Develop and maintain detailed project listings and supporting materials that will serve as a clearinghouse for organizational information and aid in the grant preparation process.
  • Regularly update grant language to ensure that new program initiatives and developments are accurately reflected in narratives.
  • Identify appropriate fundraising partnerships through extensive research and analysis of private foundations and corporate funders.
  • Develop strong relationships with current and prospective funders.
  • Collaborate with fundraising staff from AMG International and Word 2 Act to define joint strategies, collaborating approaches, synergy and strategic relationship building.
  • Give priority to identifying funding opportunities focused on projects and programs in countries where both Word 2 Act and AMG International are present and even have joint partners.
  • Identify all requirements of grantees to ensure all necessary attachments are submitted on time.
  • Develop compelling, effective and well-written grant proposals that will lead to additional resources for international ministry that will assist AMG International and Word 2 Act in the fiscal execution of their missions.
  • Interact with funding organizations regarding status of grant applications.
  • Maintain complete records of past and current proposals.
  • Assess trends and developments of key programs and projects with project leaders and assess their potential for funding opportunities.
  • Assist staff and local partners in submitting sound proposals by giving technical advice where needed.

  1. Monitoring
  • Create a mechanism by which to monitor and track submitted, pending and on-going proposals.
  • Have in place a means of identifying funding opportunities that can be presented to potential funders.
  • Provide consistent and clear communication to key stakeholders regarding grant prospects, proposals, reporting requirements, and deadlines.

  1. Policy development
  • Stay abreast of best practices in the grant writing field and incorporate those into the work being done, communicating the necessary information to key staff at Word 2 Act/AMG International.
  • Contribute to policy development of both organizations related to donor funding in the USA.

  1. Coordination
  • Coordinate foundation and corporate relations with other relevant partners and alliances of the two organizations.
  • Collaborate with team members to assist with various fundraising projects.


  • 5-10 years of relevant working experiences in the area of foundations and corporate relations
  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, English writing or similar field, or equivalent experience required
  • Track record in identifying funding opportunities among foundations and corporations through strong research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and to write successful grant proposals
  • Detail oriented, organized and deadline driven
  • Proven ability to multitask and quickly adjust to change
  • Ability to manage time effectively in order to complete tasks and meet ongoing deadlines
  • Passion for international ministries
  • Clear, precise and compelling writing skills with excellent follow through
  • Very strong relation-building skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, Google Suite applications, and grant research platforms, along with strong computer skills
  • A relevant established professional network preferred
  • Certification with the American Grant Writers’ Association, the Grant Professional Association, or Certified Fundraising Executive preferred but not required



  • Committed follower of Christ (protestant/ evangelical background)
  • Results-driven and performance-based mindset and attitude
  • Detailed oriented with excellent communication, grammar, networking, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
  • Desire to take initiative and manage numerous projects simultaneously
  • Innovative and creative ability
  • Strategic planner
  • Systematic, fast, accurate, precise, concise, transparent and accountable
  • Quick learner and adaptable to new approaches
  • Able to work well in a team-oriented environment with minimal supervision, while maintaining harmonious relationships



This is a full-time non-exempt position. Our competitive compensation package will be commensurate with experience and will include paid vacations, medical benefits, retirement plan and other benefits.


Organizational Missions

AMG Internationalis a gospel-first global ministry that meets people’s deepest needs — spiritual and physical — while inspiring hope, restoring lives and transforming communities in Jesus’ name. For more than 75 years, we have leveraged the insights of local leaders and churches, that know their communities best, to identify the right strategies to meet the deepest needs. Our primary methods include child and youth development, media evangelism, pastor training, church planting, medical care and disaster relief.

Word 2 Actbelieves we are called to address the underlying causes of poverty and therefore exists to improve the lives of the needy by wisely stewarding the generosity of the prospered. Through its Dutch parent-organization Woord en Daad, Word2Act teams with on-the-ground partners in impoverished countries to carry out our mission: connecting people worldwide in their fight against poverty from a Christian perspective. Word2Act carries out her mission through projects of five areas of concentration: water, schooling, agronomics, jobs, and emergency relief. Word 2 Act builds strategic partnerships with international and local experts, leveraging each partner’s own expertise to its full potential.

Word 2 Act is a registered 501c3 organization in the USA, established to raise funds for the projects and programs of Woord en Daad and its partner organizations.

Woord en Daad connects people around the world in their fight against poverty from a Biblical perspective. We do this by working with our partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, our supporter base in the Netherlands, social institutions, governments, enterprises and other sectors. Searching for synergy and strategic collaboration with these different actors, Woord en Daad strives to contribute to sustainable change in the multiple countries in which it operates.


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