Formed in 2000 by Tom and Jan Lewis, the T.W. Lewis Foundation has provided college scholarships to over 200 future leaders, made gifts to dozens of non-profits that help children and families in need, and supported youth education organizations that build character and encourage civic engagement. The Foundation has also provided leadership and financial support for a wide variety of community based organizations.
About the Foundation Director Opening
The T.W. Lewis Foundation seeks a Foundation Director to oversee its grantmaking and manage the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. The Foundation Director reports directly to the Foundation Chair, Tom Lewis. This position has no direct reports at this time. The Foundation Director will receive support from an office manager and senior accountant, as well as external vendors as needed.
The Foundation Director will initiate, manage and coordinate the gifts and activities of the Foundation in order to enhance and increase the overall impact in each of our program areas. The Foundation’s program areas include:
- Strengthening America – America is exceptional because it was founded on the principles of freedom, limited government, separation of powers, and a respect for each individual and their inalienable God-given rights. Current organizations supported include Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Legislative Exchange Council, Museum of the Bible, The Philanthropy Roundtable, PragerU, and The American Conservative.
- Universities – Our university programs are designed to better prepare their students for the challenges and opportunities of life. We believe these programs will help our students reach their potential and lead lives of success, purpose, and happiness. Grantees include the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky, the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina.
- Children & Families – The T.W. Lewis Foundation believes that strong individuals and strong families are the bedrock of our society, and that every child has the right to realize their God-given potential. Current organizations supported in this area include Generation Justice, The Salvation Army, Arizona Helping Hands, The Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
- Educating our Youth – The organizations we support help young people learn the important life lessons that are not taught in the classroom and are grounded in Judeo-Christian values. Current organizations supported in this area include Bill of Rights Institute, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Turning Point USA, YoungLife, and Great Hearts K-12 Academies.
- Community Support – The T.W. Lewis Foundation is proud to act in the American tradition of supporting private nonprofit organizations that are necessary for our healthy community. Current organizations supported in this area include The Desert Botanical Garden, Barrows Neurological Institute, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.
The primary responsibilities of the Foundation Director include:
- Interfacing with all grantees on a regular basis via phone, email, and on-site visits
- Coordinating quarterly reporting for all gifts
- Managing gift agreements to ensure donor intent
- Representing T.W. Lewis Foundation in the community
- Maintaining and updating T.W. Lewis Foundation website
- Preparing new gift agreements for approval
- Preparing annual Foundation business plan
- Identifying new ways to enhance foundation impact
- Managing grant application review process
- Identifying and evaluating potential grantees
The Foundation Director will live in Phoenix, AZ and work from the T.W. Lewis Foundation office.
The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
- 15+ years of experience
- Foundation/philanthropic experience strongly preferred
- Demonstrated philosophical alignment with the T.W. Lewis Foundation
- Demonstrated management experience
- Exceptional work ethic; high sense of urgency; responsive nature
- Achiever mentality (StrengthsFinder), meaning you thrive by being productive and have a particular motivation, drive, and determination to achieve something with your time
- Excellent reputation
- Good judgement
- Solid writing ability
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Problem-solving mentality
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s or law degree preferred but not required
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing:
- Your interest in this position/the T.W. Lewis Foundation’s mission
- Your relevant philanthropic experience
- One example of your “achiever” mentality
- Your salary requirements
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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