Foundation grant research assistant

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SST Productions is a nonprofit organization that began as an independent producing and support organization for local theatrical and performing arts in the greater Los Angeles region. Over the last few years it has broadened its scope to include support for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. SST offers professional administrative, governance and fundraising support to nonprofit organizations through its NonprofitBackOffice.NET service. It supports organization-led searches for senior executives through its service.

Because of increasing demand for foundation grant research and writing, the organization is in need of a detail-oriented, articulate assistant who is interested in pursuing the field of nonprofit fundraising, and in particular the area of grant development. Grants are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations of all sizes, and the demand for skilled assistance is high.

The principals of SST Nonprofit Services are two individuals who together have nearly 70 years of nonprofit management experience. The unique person who will benefit from this internship will work primarily in the foundation research and grant writing side of the operation, but will have exposure to other nonprofit management services including conducting searches for staff. We are looking for a person who has decided to dedicate his/her life to nonprofit management and the support of a charitable mission, not someone who is looking at this as a part-time or transitional activity in advance of a "real job." We are willing to invest in you if you are willing and able to invest in the success of our client organizations.

Clients continually evolve, but currently include nonprofits in the fields of: child welfare, support for those impacted by developmental disabilities, performing arts, health, complementary therapies, substance use treatment, LGBT advocacy/support, and others.

This is a position that will expose the intern to the fundamentals of nonprofit management and funding support. These type of positions are always in demand and experienced grant writing professionals can earn between $75 and $150 per hour. Positive experience gained can position the intern for eventual regular employment with SST, with our partner organizations, or will generate strong references for future employment.


The intern will work in his/her own location and conduct regular check-ins via phone or Skype with the management team. Occasional meetings will be held at client locations throughout the region. Reliable transportation is necessary in order to reach all areas of greater Los Angeles. The amount of work to be done will be dictated by the number of clients at any time and cannot be predicted.

The majority of the intern's time will be spent researching possible funding sources using one or more national research databases that is designed to collect foundation funding information. Other activity may include researching governmental sites to determine possible grant programs for our participating organizations. Additional time will be spent using web searches to gain additional information about potential funders of our organizational partners.

Regular reports will be required and will be filed electronically using Dropbox or similar file sharing tools. The intern will develop innovative and appropriate ways to maintain information on funding sources, using Excel, Word, Salesforce (or other CRM systems), databases, and other tools. All work product will remain the property of SST Productions and/or its client organizations.


Must have the ability to research foundations using online databases, provide clear and accurate abstracts of funder preferences and requirements, and create compelling case statements for the missions of our clients that are in line with identified funder interests. A broad liberal arts background is probably most appropriate, but persons in many fields can dedicate their innate talents to being successful in this field.

Excellent writing skills are essential. Your appropriateness for this internship will be determined by evaluating your sample written pieces and your responses to sample writing tasks assigned to you as an evaluation of your skills.


Required - Nonprofits, Academic Writing, Archival Research, Analytical Writing, Article Writing
Preferred - Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Technology

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