Fund for a Safer Future
Flexible, District of Columbia
January 5, 2022
Fund for a Safer Future (FSF or the Fund), a national donor collaborative with a vision of a country where everyone is safe from gun violence, seeks applications and nominations for Executive Director. Launched in 2011 and housed at the New Venture Fund, the Fund’s mission is to strengthen the gun violence prevention community’s capacity to develop and implement smart policy, mobilize supporters, summon the best available research, expand the capacity of community violence intervention programs, advance Second Amendment litigation strategies, and resist the gun lobby’s opposition to common sense reform. More than 30 members strong, FSF is working to reduce gun violence by supporting community-based solutions, research, and state and federal policy change. After ten successful years, FSF seeks to engage its first fulltime Executive Director to more actively manage grantmaking, donor engagement, and fundraising objectives. With a strong track record in raising funds and impacting gun violence prevention policy and practice, the Executive Director will be well-positioned to build on success and forward momentum. This is a unique opportunity to coalesce and support philanthropy’s growing investment in gun violence prevention to achieve even greater strategic impact.
The Executive Director will be a key point of contact and coordination across all Fund for a Safer Future partners including donor members, grantee partners, potential donors, the gun violence prevention community, and New Venture Fund staff. Specifically, they will engage with the following challenges and
opportunities in the role:
Strategic Development of Grants
The new ED will solicit, review, and evaluate grant proposals based on Fund strategy and present grant recommendations to the Advisory Committee on a quarterly basis, working in coordination with New Venture Fund staff on grantee due diligence, reporting, and budget management. They will continuously monitor grant performance and guide periodic reviews of the grant strategy in
partnership with the Executive Committee, identifying opportunities to leverage individual projects and relationships between grantee partners and other stakeholders.
Ongoing Support for Grantees. The ED will provide continuous oversight and support to grantees of the Fund, engaging in regular meaningful dialogue, two-way feedback, and sharing learning.
Donor Engagement. The ED will facilitate quality, timely communications among FSF Advisory Committee members, providing regular updates on the gun violence prevention field, grantee partners, Fund activity, and aligned donor grantmaking, and will facilitate learning opportunities such as webinars, site visits, and panels related to gun violence prevention. They will work closely with the Executive Committee to develop and execute a fundraising and new donor outreach plan, including a robust list of prospects and strategies for solicitation, coordinated outreach and tailored materials for donors and prospects, and determining new and renewed donor commitment targets. The ED will regularly report on aligned grantmaking among FSF members and work to expand the amounts and durations of financial commitments from current and prospective members.
Fund Coordination and Communications. The ED will plan and facilitate quarterly Advisory Committee meetings including scheduling, planning agenda, meeting materials, and coordinating speakers and presenters. They will also foster effective communications between and among New Venture Fund staff and the Advisory Committee, manage all external communications related to the Fund including speaking engagements, op-eds, and comments to the press, and establish and implement communication mechanisms to keep FSF members informed and engaged between quarterly meetings of the full Advisory Committee.
Strong candidates will bring experience and leadership in gun violence prevention and/or a related social justice field and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the integration of philanthropy, civic engagement, and policy reform, with experience in managing these relationships effectively.
About the Organization
We are a funder collaborative that helps reduce gun violence in the United States by supporting evidence-based policies at the local, state and federal levels. We invest in organizations, research institutions, and advocates to strengthen policies that reduce the toll of gun violence, and we engage new donors in the movement.