Foundation Relations Associate | Development

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes and people of color. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and advance racial and economic justice. Our solutions directly address the barriers individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through trusted expertise on policy and strategy, knowledgeable and committed staff, partnerships with directly impacted people and grassroots leaders, and approaches to economic and racial justice that are bold, innovative, and inclusive.

CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor & Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy. The Youth Policy team houses two cross-cutting bodies of work focused on the justice system and mental health.

CLASP Values for Racial Equity

We understand that inclusion is only the first step toward fostering sustainable racial equity, in our society and organizational culture. At CLASP, we value the importance of including multiple perspectives in shaping our organizational culture and engaging in our policy and advocacy efforts. However, we also know that to move beyond inclusion and achieve true racial equity, we must be intentional in centering and prioritizing the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of people of color. For true and sustainable change to happen in our country, historically white-founded and led policy and advocacy organizations must commit to full and immersive racial equity.

About CLASP’s Development Team

The development team at CLASP is a high-performing team responsible for securing the organizational annual revenue of $11.1 million. The team engages in strategic fundraising and communications efforts with its diverse network of institutional and individual supporters, facilitates individual giving and institutional funder relations, leads grants management—including grant proposals and reports writing—and plays a lead role in coordinating organization-wide fundraising and development activities at all levels, including with the board of trustees. The Director of Development oversees CLASP’s overall fundraising strategy. Additionally, the development team manages the production of our annual impact report and special events targeting our network of funders and current and former prospects. All the team’s efforts are coordinated with the executive leadership and directors and staff engaged in fundraising at CLASP.

The primary role of the Foundation Associate will be to support an array of fundraising and development-related activities with foundation and corporate partners. This individual will support overall tracking of funder relationship-building efforts at all levels of the organization and work closely with the Foundation Relations Manager around grants management and producing deliverables for foundation and corporate supporters. In addition, this role will support on an as-needed basis individual fundraising activities including event planning, email correspondence, and targeted appeals. The Foundation Associate will report directly to the Director of Development.

This position is based in the Washington, D.C., office. CLASP is currently working under a hybrid office model, with the expectation that staff work in person four days a month. The development team will prioritize in-person workdays that align around the team’s shared schedules and offer meaningful opportunities to engage and collaborate with co-workers.


  • Two to three years of fundraising or related experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred. In addition, candidates with some combination of college and/or work experience who can clearly demonstrate proficiency in the skills outlined in this announcement may be considered.
  • Work experience liaising with institutional funders preferred.
  • Strong writing skills, with an emphasis on writing for public policy advocacy and diverse audiences, and an ability to translate complicated, jargon-laden topics into clear, easy-to-understand language.
  • Familiarity with AP Style and the Chicago Manual of Style, which serve as the basis for CLASP’s style guide.
  • Experience working in policy/advocacy communications in the nonprofit policy arena and a team-oriented and highly collaborative environment is preferred.
  • Detail-oriented and deadline driven.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects at once.
  • Familiarity with donor databases like EveryAction, Salesforce, Raisers’ Edge, Donor Perfect, or equivalent.
  • Proficiency with communications technology and tools like Microsoft Office, Excel, and Google Suite.
  • Ability to work as a team player, as well as independently.
  • Commitment to CLASP’s mission and vision around anti-poverty, economic justice, and racial equity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic support to the Foundation Relations Manager to draft concept notes and one-pagers that are derivative of policy team documents.
  • Support the coordination and facilitation of development team meetings.
  • In coordination with the Foundation Relations Manager, work with policy team leads and other relevant leads to draft and submit grant reports to donors, with review and copy editing from Foundation Relations Manager and program leads as needed.
  • Maintain the grants calendar for the team.
  • Provide support on grant proposal writing and submissions as needed, with guidance from the Foundation Relations Manager.
  • Coordinate grants management including the internal review of grant agreements and the signing process.
  • Provide strategic support around tracking institutional fundraising and development engagement activities including, but not limited to, capturing, reporting, and tracking funder meeting outcomes and follow-ups.
  • Lead fundraising prospecting research for a portfolio of policy teams.
  • Set the agenda of and co-lead quarterly development planning meetings with policy team directors.
  • Co-draft policy-related content for CLASP’s annual impact report.
  • Manage the tracking of donor relationships and correspondence.
  • Coordinate scheduling external meetings with funders and assist with setting up internal prep meetings. Participate in internal meetings to prepare for funder meetings.
  • Maintain and update institutional funding data in EveryAction CRM tool.
  • Provide support as needed with cultivation communications, direct mail appeals, and fundraising emails.
  • Actively participate in and provide support around development-led special funder events planning and coordination.
  • Advance cross-team and inter-departmental engagements, to include participating in cross-team policy meetings and donor calls and taking minutes.

COVID Requirements:

Full COVID-19 vaccinations are required for new hires effective February 2022 or a required weekly negative COVID test (for non-vaccinated employees) with documentation shared with Human Resources.


Salary range $55,000-63,000 (Salary is commensurate with experience).

CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurance options (most that currently require no employee-paid premiums). In addition, we provide the following benefits that currently require no employee-paid premiums: dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. Additionally, we offer a 403(b) retirement program with employer contributions, flexible spending accounts, and a no-cost gym onsite at our D.C. office. Finally, we provide generous vacation (4 weeks in the first year), paid sick leave (3 weeks annually), two personal days a year, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in CLASP’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must send all requested materials and follow the outline above to be considered. No phone calls, please.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment 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.