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The Community Foundation is a dedicated, mission-driven organization committed to serving all of San Luis Obispo County and beyond. Now celebrating 25 years of impact across the region, this newly created position will be one of the Central Coast’s most important philanthropic resources as we work together with our  Foundation family of donors, grantees, community partners, committees, and Board to make a difference.

Open Positions

Director of Philanthropy

The Community Foundation is seeking a proven leader, with over 5 years of experience in all aspects of donor relations, philanthropic services, and communications, to join the Foundation in a newly created position- Director of Philanthropy. This position, reporting to the CEO, will be a key member of the Foundation’s management team. Our Director of Philanthropy will identify and cultivate new fund holders and strengthen relationships with our existing donors. In order to raise the visibility of the Foundation and community needs with key audiences, the Director of Philanthropy will communicate our impact across the region while building on the new strategic plan for the Foundation in 2023.

Our new Director of Philanthropy will plan and implement a comprehensive Foundation-wide program by identifying, cultivating, and stewarding donors, understanding and complying with all policies, procedures, and best practices in keeping with National Standards for community foundations. Working closely with our donors and Foundation Board and committees, the Director of Philanthropy will develop and implement a comprehensive philanthropy program.

Key Qualifications & Education

    • 5 years of development experience, major gift preferred
    • Strong, demonstrated experience in developing fundraising programs and objectives
    • Excellent management and stewardship skills to foster stronger relationships
    • A bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred but not required with more than 5 years professional experience


Salary commensurate with the background and experience. Full medical, vision & dental, retirement plan.

The Community Foundation is a grantmaking and educational foundation committed to improving the lives of all who live, work and care about San Luis Obispo County. Now in our 25th year, the Foundation has awarded over $66 million in grants and scholarships.

The Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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To apply please email Bri Rasmussen at


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Heidi H. McPherson Chief Executive Officer (805) 543-2323