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31 May 2022


Director of Philanthropic Innovation

Minnesota Street Project Foundation  San Francisco, California, United States

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Job Description

Position: Director of Philanthropic Innovation

Status: Full-time | Exempt | Salaried

Compensation Group: Senior Director

Reports to: CEO of the Minnesota Street Project and Minnesota Street Project Foundation

Hours: Mon – Fri 9 am – 6 pm, and occasional weekends

The Minnesota Street Project (Project) and the Minnesota Street Project Foundation (MSP Foundation) value a community where everyone can participate in arts and culture and strives to cultivate equity in all of its programs. We value a diverse workforce built upon inclusion, equity, and cultural humility and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, learn, work, and visit.

About Minnesota Street Project:

Located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, the Project is a for-profit enterprise that supports contemporary arts in the Bay Area by providing sustainably below-market rents to artists, art galleries, and arts non-profits and by providing spaces for visiting exhibitions and arts-related programming.

About Minnesota Street Project Foundation:

An affiliate of the Minnesota Street Project, the MSP Foundation was created to advance educational and civic programming and provide direct financial support to artists and arts organizations.

As a MSP Foundation team member, your work will help to engage and empower people from all walks of life by providing and promoting access to a diversity of art and cultural experiences. If you’re eager to make a difference, that’s a great start. To best serve our communities, we need commitment – to our mission, our goals and, most importantly, to the people we serve.

If you are ready to be a part of a committed, collaborative team dedicated to delivering high touch programs and services to our community, we want to talk with you.

Job Summary:

The Director of Philanthropic Innovation for MSP Foundation is fluent and practiced in raising funds for purpose-driven big ideas and projects.
Our innovator is an experienced communicator, storyteller and inspirational fundraiser who understands how to bring multiple voices, perspectives, and revenue streams together to support radical, equitable change.

The Director of Philanthropic Innovation provides vision and leadership for all aspects of MSP Foundation’s fundraising and development.
This executive-level position reports to the CEO and plays a critical role within MSP Foundation’s core leadership team as we enter its next phase of growth and further positions itself for long-term success.

Essential Responsibilities:

● Work with the CEO, Board and leadership team to create and implement MSP Foundation’s strategic development plan.

● Maintain MSP Foundation’s fundraising calendar, adhering to all application, deadlines, cultivation, and stewardship activities.

● Ensure thorough documentation of all interactions and transactions with donors and donor prospects through a centralized CRM (currently Salesforce).

● Report monthly to the team and leadership on the progress of all fundraising efforts.

● Help sustain and grow MSP Foundation’s current donor base, including businesses, foundations, and individuals.

● Work with the Programs & Public Engagement team to produce collateral materials (print and electronic) that communicate MSP Foundation’s value proposition and support MSP Foundation’s fundraising goals.

● Collaborate effectively internally and in the community to build and implement a fundraising plan that reflects MSP Foundation’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

● Collaborate with Programs & Public Engagement to harness the impact and marketability of MSP Foundation’s program offerings by building a clear and compelling value proposition for funders. Set the tone for best practices in donor stewardship and appreciation.

● Help the organization innovate its development practices, build new partnerships, and diversify MSP Foundation’s revenue streams.

● Bring passion and experience serving as a brand ambassador for MSP Foundation’s mission and values.

The ideal candidate will be able to address the following:

major gifts, individual gifts, annual funds, grants, donor-advised funds, and corporate investments. You can tell us what all of these mean and how you’ve grown them in previous nonprofits.

capital campaigns, social-investment bonds, IPO allocations, R&D investments, and Donor-advised funds management and distribution. This is where you thrive in building new revenue to achieve goals.

managing people, engaging in cross-collaborative teams, seeking out diversity in people, points-of-view, and the work. You enable people to grow in their positions and find success, and you create collaborative pathways for people to travel that lead to success. No ego involved—we’re all getting to the same place: together.

it’s the key. Building relationships—online is okay, but in-person is better. You’re investing the time to build long-term connections that are fruitful today and tomorrow. You know that our standard methodologies don’t always work, and you understand that having the same people at the same table doesn’t lead to a different answer. Communication is more than saying the right words—it’s knowing the right people that can make change happen and trusting the change they create. You know the right people.

We have it—can you use it? Building data pools, segmenting, tracking, and evaluating. It’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t understand where you are.

Leadership Team Engagement:
This position is a participant in the Department Lead/Executive Leadership Team. This team strategizes, coordinates, and directly leads the organization through mission- and vision-driven activities and engagements both internal and external to the organization.

Diversity and Inclusion in everything:
we aren’t building the same-old structures with the same-old methods. We need you, we need new ideas, and we need new people looking to engage in our world. Success means that you and your work look and feel different.

based on money and opportunities brought to MSP Foundation, relationships built, and engaged people empowered. You’ll set your measurable goals quarterly with the CEO and be evaluated accordingly. Your success means our success and metrics will tell us when we’re there.

Growth in Arts:
we support artists and promote creative and artistic expression in its many forms. Show us more engagement, more artistic opportunity, more community support, and we’ll show you a thriving community.


Required Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

• 5-7 years of progressive senior associate or management level experience in nonprofit, technology, innovation design, investments.

• 5-7 years of building relationships that result in projects completed, money-raised, and events executed.

• Work experience that has happened both inside and outside of the Bay Area—you tell us why that’s important.

• Able to work in-person and remotely at our offices in San Francisco, California.

• Able to generate your work plan from databases, communications materials, and resources we have on hand.

• Demonstrated understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in the arts and in our daily lives. You must live it to promote it.


To Apply:

Please submit a single PDF that includes a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Director of Philanthropic Innovation Position – Last Name”.

No phone calls, please.
We will respond only to applicants we intend to interview.
Thank you for your interest in Minnesota Street Project Foundation.



Minnesota Street Project Foundation offers a competitive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, AD&D, Paid Time Off and Parental Leave, Retirement Savings, 401-k Plan, and Pre-Taxed Commuter and Childcare Benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Minnesota Street Project Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Director of Philanthropic Innovation
Minnesota Street Project Foundation
 San Francisco, California, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, communication, community, director, and fund-raising. States: California.

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