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PO Box 18752Seattle, WA 98118


**If interested, please fill out an application on our website: http://www.ekarifoundation.org/volunteer-seattle/

Volunteer Grant Writer

Reporting to and in partnership with EKARI’s Executive Director the Grant Writer will spearhead all grant writing opportunities including the identification, cultivation, preparation, submission, follow up and monitoring of corporate and foundation grants including management of the foundation grant calendar focusing on detail and timelines; also maintain foundation correspondence as applicable to the grant process. This role will work closely with different EKARI Foundation committees, Executive Director, Board President, Board of Directors and community partners.


  • Gain a complete understanding of EKARI’s programs, mission, development and strategic plans Perform in-depth research into grant-making organizations

  • Write grant applications

  • Analyze the feasibility of the project's budget

  • Research each grant-making association's guidelines

  • Strictly adhere to these guidelines

  • After submitting a grant proposal, keep in contact with each grant-making organization to check on the progress

  • If requested, submit progress reports to any grant-making organization that has funded a program

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting

  • Strong computer skills

  • Well organized, detail-oriented and resourceful

  • Enjoys engaging a diverse community

  • Skilled at planning and organizing

  • Excellent management, leadership, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; good multi-tasker; pays close attention to detail while keeping eye on the big picture

  • Committed to EKARI’s mission


  • Persuasive: must be able to make proposal sounds attractive for the granting foundation and thus will be happy to fulfill the grant proposal

  • Analytical: Ability to use both analytical and creative skills, analyze the data, determine potential funding needs, and determine which organizations would be most likely to fund EKARI’s programming efforts in Malawi.

  • Creativity: choosing the most creative solution for presenting the grant proposal or letter of introduction.

  • Problem Solving: innovative problem solving because only the most convincing proposal will win the grant.

  • Oral and Interpersonal Skills: face to face or telephone conversation with the grant-making organizations is often necessary and requires, charisma, appeal and energetic personality.

  • Cost Consciousness: must be frugal and have the ability to work within the proposed budget and programming constraints

    Time Commitment

    This position requires a commitment of 3 - 5 hours per week for a minimum of one year. We offer a lot of flexibility in when and how you complete those hours and many of the tasks and responsibilities can be done remotely, working online, at a time that is convenient for you. Every committee member is invited to attend a monthly board of directors meeting.


    This is a volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation. Our organization is 100% volunteer run, excluding staff in Malawi and our Executive Director.


  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Fundraising

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • 3 - 5 hours per week for a minimum of one year

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