Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC is a dynamic non-profit organization that serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.

The following position is available:

Institutional Giving Manager

LMCC seeks a permanent full-time Institutional Giving Manager to join immediately. This individual works closely with the Director of Development to maintain existing funds and identify new strategies to support organizational growth through foundation, government and corporate support. In addition, the Institutional Giving Manager works closely with the Institutional Advancement team to maintain and develop LMCC’s brand, stakeholder groups, and resources, and set long-term fundraising goals for LMCC. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages and maintains grants calendar for corporate, foundation, and government support 
  • Researches, writes, edits, and ensures the timely submission of inquiry letters, proposals, and other requests for funding, sponsorship, and in-kind support to foundations, government agencies, and corporations
    • Collects necessary programmatic information and clarifies questions or specifics related to the development of a proposal from relevant LMCC program staff
    • Works closely with the Director of Development and finance staff to develop and prepare proposal and report budgets
  • Manages reporting process; writes and submits reports to funders, including:
    • Maintains and gathers data about LMCC’s activities to report on key metrics from colleagues across the organization
    • Works closely with the Director of Development and Director of Communications and Marketing on the creation of summary reports on programs and activities at their completion. 
  • Creates and updates institutional prospect and funder records in Salesforce
  • Manages strategic relationships with various governmental agencies and individuals
    • Prepares Executive Directors and senior staff for meetings with appropriate funder briefs and materials.
    • Maintains relationship with various government staffers and assists in communications with their offices.
  • Works closely with Director of Development to manage the cultivation and stewardship of institutional donors, and in communicating with funders and prospects about programs and events
  • Prepares Executive Directors, Director of Development and other key staff for funder meetings, including preparation of research briefs and strategy documents
  • Identifies key metrics needed for inclusion in funding applications, pitches, and reports 
  • Conducts and oversees regular prospect research
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 2 - 4 years of fundraising, grant writing experience in the field, arts/cultural institution, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills. 
  • Excellent organizational and verbal skills, and facility with budgets. Ability to compile, report and analyze information succinctly. Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritizing work and managing multiple, diverse, and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to interface with program officers, community leaders, politicians, and business professionals. Knowledge of NYC funding community a plus.
  • Proficiency using Mac OS, Microsoft Office, especially with Excel. Experience with Salesforce (preferred), iWave or database equivalent. 

This is an ideal position for an individual with a passion for arts and culture. The candidate must be an enthusiastic, organized, proactive, and reliable team player with a desire to be a supporting member of a small fundraising team. The candidate must be an exceptional writer, quick learner, creative thinker, and team player; detail-oriented and deadline sensitive.

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications, along with two writing samples to Rebecca Cardwell, Director of Development at jobs[at] Please title the email “Institutional Giving Manager: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. Includes an attractive benefits package.

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LMCC’s Internship program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in the arts and culture sector, from the perspective of a leading non-profit organization in New York City. We offer year-long and summer internship  opportunities for interns to gain an in-depth experience at the organization. Interns choose an internship focus to pursue under the guidance of a staff member, while gaining exposure to all departments in our collaborative-minded office.

During the program, all interns receive a monthly participation honorarium of $100. Interns also receive a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. Interns also have access to a professional development reimbursement fund of up to $150 throughout the internship. All internships are structured at 16 - 20 hours per week, including supporting our evening and weekend events.