ABOUT FUNDERS FOR LGBTQ ISSUES
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a network of funders committed to advancing equity and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer (LGBTQ) communities. We provide three key services:
- Organize convenings and forums for LGBTQ funders to connect, coordinate their efforts, learn from each other, and maximize their impact.
- Provide training and support services for foundations to help them increase their LGBTQ-inclusiveness in both grantmaking and internal practices.
- Provide up-to-the-minute information, research, and resources on LGBTQ grantmaking for the benefit of funders and the broader LGBTQ movement.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is unique in that the organization not only raises funds to support its own work, but also works to increase resources for the LGBTQ movement, particularly the most under-served communities within the LGBTQ movement, such as LGBTQ people of color, transgender communities, and women. Please visit www.lgbtfunders.org for more information on our work.
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a hub of information and resources related to LGBTQ philanthropy and social justice grantmaking. The organization has a long history of conducting original research to describe the scale, scope, and impact of funding for LGBTQ communities and produces other knowledge products related to the advancement of LGBTQ equity in philanthropy.
Our Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (hereafter, “Annual Tracking Report”) and other special reports monitor the character of LGBTQ funding and identify trends, gaps, and opportunities for philanthropy. Our reports are considered among the field’s most reliable and useful sources of data on funding flows to LGBTQ communities and have been cited by academic journals, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, newspapers, blogs, and other media.
The Research & Communications Officer will play an instrumental role in maintaining and strengthening the organization’s research program and develop impactful communications to advance our mission.
Research and Knowledge Strategy
- Collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders to develop an organization-wide research strategy to meet the needs of the Funders for LGBTQ Issues network.
- Ensure the successful execution of the research and knowledge agenda by participating in project planning and budgeting.
- Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key organizations in the field including CHANGE Philanthropy and the Global Philanthropy Project by building the reputation of Funders for LGBTQ Issues research and communications capacity.
Data Collection, Review, and Coding
- Oversee the successful completion of the annual resource tracking project in close partnership with the Vice President of Research and Communications and with the support of project consultants.
- Conduct annual data collection campaign to solicit detailed submissions of LGBTQ grantmaking from over 200 participating foundations.
- Intake and organize data submissions and conduct a robust document review process from non-submitting foundations, including review of annual reports, financial filings, and other publicly available documentation.
- Manage data cleaning and coding process in close collaboration with Vice President of Research and Communications and project consultants, pursuing opportunities for project innovation.
Writing and Communication
- Lead the writing of the Annual Tracking Report in close collaboration with Vice President of Research and Communications, research partners, and project consultants.
- Work to translate research findings to programs and engagement teams to support team objectives and initiative goals.
- Produce additional content such as articles, infographics, or posts for web and social media to amplify our research to our core audiences.
- Represent Funders for LGBTQ Issues and present research at meetings and conferences as an authoritative voice on issues related to philanthropy for LGBTQ issues.
- Support the organization’s overall communications strategy to engage our network and the wider philanthropic community.
- Support internal knowledge sharing and staff education to encourage collaboration and team growth.
- Respond to research inquiries, both internal and external.
Project Management and Departmental Administration
- Oversee annual Resource Tracking Project and provide project management and support to other research and communications initiatives.
- Maintain and improve our CRM database in collaboration with other departments.
- Provide oversight and support to consultants retained to support research projects or other department initiatives.