Volunteer Grant Writer

About the Society for Ritual Arts

The Society for Ritual Arts is a nonprofit, interfaith organization at the crossroads of art, science and spirituality. We publish a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal, Coreopsis: Journal of Myth & Theater, as well as host events related to ritual arts. Our mission is to support the ritual arts community through the advancement of arts and scholarly research in the fields of spirituality, consciousness, healing, performance, and visual media. We support work that advances freedom of spiritual practices globally, the scientific study of spirituality and the human brain, and beauty in any media that inspires a spiritual sense of wonder, awe or connectedness. We are currently seeking 501(c)3 nonprofit status.


The Society for Ritual Arts is seeking an enthusiastic and fun individual to become our Grants and Funds Writer. You should also have an interest in ritual arts, since the bulk of the work will involve finding and sharing stories relevant to this topic. Subjects that our community members are interested in run the gamut from shamanism to consciousness studies, spiritual healing, environmental stewardship, and international activism for religious freedom – not to mention spirituality-themed music, art and performance. Any and all faiths welcome! We are globally-minded and work with artists and scholars from very diverse backgrounds.

We also expect some community engagement with the staff and the membership of the society through personal contact and social media. Your schedule is entirely up to you, but expect to put in at least 5-6 hours of work per week.

This is a volunteer position for the time being, but we are growing fast and making some big changes with plans to transition this role into a paid position within the next two years. For the right person, this could be a role that helps shape and define an emerging community, with involvement in events and chances to meet artists, musicians and scholars from all over the world.

Responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested including soliciting business sponsorship for Society sponsored events and the Annual Gathering.
  • Think “outside of the box” for obtaining funds for the societies’ projects and events
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with appointed Board Member to provide regular written updates (newsletters etc) to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Understanding of institutional history and programs.
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide appointed Board Member with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc).
  • Work with appointed Board Member to provide development input for all written institutional materials (including Annual Report).

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments
  • An understanding of consensus process


  • Minimum of two years experience with grant writing.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.

To apply, send us a short cover letter and resume/cv using the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!