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American Heart Association Foundation Relations Advisor in Florida


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Foundation Relations Advisor in our Southeast region serving Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. The location of this position is flexible.

In this role, you are responsible forestablishing and cultivating relationships with current and potential funders to increase foundation giving, achieve mutual goals, and build long-term relationships. You willresearch and develop a portfolio of foundations with the potential to fund mission priority projects across the country to include identifying, planning, preparing and presenting grant proposals and accompanying materials (including budgets and timelines), as well as completing appropriate follow-through and stewardship for multiple grants/gifts.

Essential Duties:

  • Identifies and qualifies top potential foundations (up to 100) capable of giving major gifts within assigned geographical areas of the AHA.

  • Develops cultivation and solicitation plans/timelines for each donor in portfolio, updating regularly as plans advance and evolve.

  • Actively and positively develops each relationship through a variety of communications, including phone, email, face to face meetings and involvement of internal partners and volunteers.

  • Manages the proposal development and submission process; preparing correspondence, Letters of Inquiry, proposals, reports and other documents; each that are well-written, compelling, consistent with the strategic direction and funding needs of the AHA, and that respond to donor goals.

  • Conducts external research on prospective foundation donors and continually builds an understanding of the goals and interests of those foundations.

  • Records all donor plans and activity in Blackbaud CRM (similar to The Raiser’s Edge) and provides regular progress reporting as requested.

  • Works with grants administrators to ensure timely and high-impact reports to donors.

  • Collaborates with other Mission Advancement divisions – Individual Giving, Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations – to develop, secure and monitor major and principle level gifts.

  • Develops own depth of mission knowledge and insight needed to effectively communicate with donors.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in foundation relations and proposal preparation, including but not limited to:lead writer role for foundation grant proposals, experience in donor-centered cultivation and relationship building, and developing grant budgets, timelines and deliverables

  • Experience collaborating with program partners, other internal team members and volunteers

  • Requires exceptional writing skills, strong communication skills, fluency in office technology

  • Ability to travel approximately 25% including some overnight stays

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience leading cross-functional groups, facilitating strategy and action with a focus on collaborative solutions

  • Experience and knowledge of public health initiatives

  • Experience working across geographical markets

  • Database research and management

The AHA Foundation Relations team is professional, friendly, collaborative and committed to advancing our mission. We offer a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Requisition ID 2019-5063

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

Location: Florida