Grant Writer

Pinky Swear Foundation has an impactful mission to help kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support.  It is hard to imagine what life is like to have a child going through cancer treatment; it affects the whole family. That is why our programsare so important and why we are focused on helping more families by securing additional grant funding. 

May 29, 2019

This is a part-time, hourly position working on average 20 hours per week 

This in-house position will allow Pinky Swear Foundation to expand its robust portfolio of corporate and foundation funders to meet the increasing needs of the childhood cancer community. The Grant Writer will report to the Director of Development and assist in their work to identify priorities for grant proposals. As a strategic thought partner, the Grant Writer will contribute to the success of grants management, including developing strategic direction, writing and submitting grant proposals, reporting, and engaging with funders. In partnership with the Director of Development, the Grant Writer will implement a comprehensive grants funding plan that supports and aligns with the Foundation’s goals and strategic plan. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Write institutional grants and coordinate all aspects of proposal development
  • Develop compelling proposal narratives that meet funder guidelines and clearly communicate concepts
  • Conduct research on existing and prospective funders to build the capacity of Pinky Swear Foundation’s programs
  • Expand portfolio of grants to secure additional funding, both restricted and unrestricted
  • Track all grant proposals in Raiser’s Edge database
  • Identify and incorporate compelling research and data into proposals to support requests for funding
  • Work with leadership and program staff to determine needs for grant funding
  • Effectively manage and respond to changing resource development needs
  • Develop and help manage relationships with existing and new funders
  • Correspond with foundation and corporate program officers for clarification on proposal guidelines, site visits, and follow-up communication as needed
  • Plan and coordinate site visits
  • Assist with budget preparation as needed
  • Assist with other writing projects as needed


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of two years non-profit grant writing experience required
  • Skilled in proactive action, independent thinking, and problem-solving with a demonstrated initiative in meeting aggressive fundraising goals
  • Strong collaborator and effective communicator who can manage complexity, build networks, be resilient, drive results, think strategically, and instill trust in others
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent problem-solving, time management, and organizational skills to meet tight deadlines
  •  Highly detail-orientated with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Office, Internet, and e-mail); Raiser’s Edge experience preferred

Reporting to This Position: None 

Physical Demands and Working Conditions 

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation 
  • Physical Demands:
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time 
  • Working Conditions:
    • Moderate noise level

Pinky Swear is an equal opportunity employer. If you are looking to make a difference and have a career with meaning, please apply to join us!

To apply, send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to