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Grant Strategy and Writing

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ORGANIZATION: Metropolitan Family Service

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Social Purpose Works is the latest innovative program offering of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), a Portland Oregon social service agency since 1950. MFS Social Purpose Works recruits pro bono (volunteer) professionals for nonprofit project-based opportunities in Oregon and SW Washington.

Social Purpose Works is recruiting a Grant Writing Strategist for Family SkillBuilders (FSB).

FSB has served the Portland metro area for 20 years, working toward their mission that children can safely remain in their homes and not be placed into foster care. They deliver individualized parent training for families involved in child welfare that is hands-on, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive.

Prior to 2021, FSB was funded through the state. Due to a sharp decline in state funding, FSB became a non-profit.

Project Description:
As a new nonprofit, they want to develop their capacity to apply for and procure grants. Funds they receive would be used to provide services to families at no cost to them. With increased and diversified funding, they will be better positioned to provide pro bono services to the greater community. Your expertise in grant strategy and writing will be integral to their strategic plan and provide FSB with a direction, process, and sustainable approach to grants management.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Grant Writing and Reporting
  • Process Improvement
  • Documentation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Data Analysis
  • Organization and Attention to Detail
  • Training
Key Deliverables:
  • Develop a grant strategy
  • Identify grants that FSB would be eligible for
  • Construct a grant calendar
  • Work with staff to complete grant applications
  • Structure framework for monitoring and reporting out on grants
  • Create systems and templates that can be used for future grant applications

Resources: The Executive Director is the project manager. As a starting point, FSB has an extensive list of grants for consideration. The selected candidate will be provided with a shared drive on which to complete this project.

Work Environment/Location: This is a remote position and will not require in-person activity unless the candidate would like to arrange to use FSB office space to complete work.

This is a pro bono (volunteer) project. To view the full project description and express interest in this project, visit

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About Metropolitan Family Service


1010 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214, US

Mission Statement

Metropolitan Family Service helps people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequality and social isolation. We serve children, families and older adults in the tri-county area. MFS is dedicated to building stronger communities by providing services, connecting people with resources, and offering meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunities.


Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) volunteers serve in various capacities, depending on their areas of interest and abilities. Volunteers participate in on-going opportunities in one of three focus areas: helping children succeed, strengthening families and their connections to the community, and helping older adults and persons with disabilities live independently. We create opportunities that bridge generations and inspire everyone to live their best life.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Crisis Support
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Human Resources Training & Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Database Administration
  • Organization




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Large-Extra Large. This project will need to be frontloaded with hours to complete the grant writing strategy and framework, then will be tapered as needed during grant eligibility periods. Flexible hours around your schedule.
  • Education/Experience: No degree required. Proven experience writing, procuring, tracking, and reporting on grants. Nonprofit experience preferred.

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