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Philanthropy Manager
The E.W. Scripps Company
Cincinnati, Ohio/hybrid
Job Summary

The Scripps Howard Foundation is seeking a Philanthropy Manager.  This person helps develop and execute creative and impactful consumer-facing philanthropic campaigns for a portfolio of Scripps markets. They will lead fundraising initiatives that support the Foundation’s strategic priorities such as the “If You Give a Child a Book…” childhood literacy campaign and community impact campaigns. This is a hybrid position located in Cincinnati, OH.

Job Description


  • Manage a portfolio of Scripps stations to ensure Foundation programs are strategically executed to maximize community impact and station goals.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with Scripps stations.
  • Identify fundraising strategies and collaborative opportunities to carry out the Foundation’s mission and advance station goals.
  • Advise, train, guide and support stations to successfully execute Community Impact and Disaster Relief campaigns.
  • Implement outcomes/data tracking for community giving.
  • Execute employee fundraising strategies for the “If You Give a Child a Book…” campaign and assist with engaging local audiences in the external campaign.
  • Facilitate book distributions in partnership with Scholastic Book Fairs.
  • Implement, manage and evaluate innovative and existing fundraising strategies that use digital and social platforms to promote annual gifts.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with Scripps stations including assisting stations with developing relationships with donors and prospects.
  • In partnership with the Philanthropy Team, create and maintain a master calendar of campaigns, donor communications and stewardship efforts.
  • Develop and educate colleagues on “best practices” for digital fundraising across multiple platforms.
  • Design and implement targeted solicitation campaigns around Giving Tuesday, National Reading Day and other “giving” holidays in support of the Foundation’s mission and mission of our stations.
  • Serve as expert in relation to services provided, future needs and abilities for donor software programs.
  • Assist in preparation and oversight of the budget related to community giving programs.
  • Assist with planning and materials for Board meetings.
  • Serve as an expert in grantmaking by staying current with trends and best practices.
  • Provide advice and counsel to stations, networks, corporate contributions committee and others related to grantmaking.
  • As appropriate or needed, manage grantmaking processes and relationships, such as timelines and notifications, applicant questions and site visits when appropriate/feasible, application review and selection process, recipient notification/agreement/payment, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising/development


  • Proven success in building fundraising campaigns and working collaboratively.
  • Driven by philanthropic work and dedicated to maximizing community impact.
  • Able to anticipate needs and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Strategic thinker who is comfortable building relationships inside and outside of the Foundation and company.
  • Self-motivated and organized.
  • Experience with fundraising/donor management software.
  • Prioritize innovation through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts. with colleagues and attending training and/or courses related to digital fundraising.
  • Facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • 10% travel required.
  • Scripps offers a hybrid working option for this position.

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