Business Management

Philanthropy / Social Investment Manager

Philanthropy managers secure philanthropic support by developing and maintaining individual giving programs, and grants and foundations.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Philanthropy / Social Investment Manager do?

Philanthropy managers secure philanthropic support by developing and maintaining individual giving programs, and grants and foundations. Philanthropy managers are also known as social investment managers, corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers or foundation managers.


Work activities

As a philanthropy manager, you might:

  • identify, secure and foster financial and in-kind support from partners including corporate sponsors, trusts and foundations, private donors or philanthropists and government
  • manage and enhance relationships with existing partners
  • identify industry or sector-level issues that lend themselves to investing
  • carry out due diligence, assess and make recommendations on social investment proposals
  • prepare plans, reports and analysis to management or the board to provide guidance to their decision making
  • secure and foster new partnership opportunities
  • assisting in the ongoing evaluation and asset management of investments and transactions
  • document proposals and contracts, and monitor all partnerships.

Key skills and interests

To become a philanthropy manager, you would need:

  • research and analysis skills
  • business development capabilities
  • highly developed written, oral communication, negotiation and presentation skills
  • proven ability to prioritise a high workload and juggle competing demands
  • to be a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • the ability to inspire others
  • an interest in and passion for philanthropy and the charitable sector.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would normally work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time and temporary or contract/project work in this role are often available.


You would mainly be based in an office but you may need to travel to meetings and to meet potential donors and/or partners. Philanthropy managers usually work in organisations such as corporate or private foundations, or not-for-profit philanthropic membership organisations, as well as in cause-related not-for-profits.  


How to become an Philanthropy / Social Investment Manager?

Entry Level Education

To become a philanthropy manager you usually have to complete a degree in an area such as marketing, media or business management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment opportunities for philanthropy are expected to show some, but slow, growth.

While there is an increased awareness of philanthropy and social investment, this will remain a small occupation based on the availability of funds from both individual and corporate donations and investment. Most employment opportunities are likely to be available in large, well-established foundations and investment houses, as well as cause-related not-for-profits.



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