Fundraising & Grants Manager


Full time or part time



About SPUN

The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (SPUN) was founded in 2021 with a mission to map, protect, and harness the planet’s critical fungal networks. We are building the most comprehensive atlas of Earth’s mycorrhizal biodiversity, scaling and accelerating the speed of science around mycorrhizal fungi.

SPUN conducts scientific research to understand the diversity and functions of mycorrhizal fungi — the microscopic, network-forming, underground fungi that form symbiotic relationships with plant roots. Our team of scientists and advisors includes the world's leading mycorrhizal fungi experts. We use our findings to educate individuals, companies, landowners, and governments on the importance of protecting and managing underground ecosystems. In collaboration with researchers and local communities, we are accelerating efforts to protect the underground ecosystems that have been largely absent from conservation and climate agendas, and exploring the impacts of mycorrhizal fungi in global restoration projects.


Work at the forefront of fungal science. We invite you to join SPUN's team of scientists and thought-leaders who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to protect our planet. SPUN prides itself on developing new techniques and pushing the frontiers of fungal biology from the micro-level to the global scale. We have been cited in the world's leading press and scientific journals for our groundbreaking work.

Develop partnerships with other leading institutes around the world. Applications of cutting edge research are limited without deep and collaborative partnerships. SPUN works hard to build partnerships with leading institutes in conservation, climate, and community-led action to build collective impact within our fields. We are looking to build a team of innovative, creative, and impact-driven myconauts who want to help bring our core science to the next level.

Contribute to decolonizing science. We aim to lead by example in promoting diversity and decolonial science. We are actively working to address biases in mycorrhizal science and endeavor to center the wellbeing of most affected people and areas in our research. In this regard, we prioritize under-researched areas and collaborators in the Global South for our work, while providing capacity-building grants and partnership opportunities with local researchers. We are also actively working with Indigenous communities in Chile and Ecuador, and will continue to expand our partnerships with other Indigenous communities, to integrate non-western Science ways of knowing into our work.

Work with a global team. SPUN’s team members operate from various locations worldwide, embracing remote work for flexibility and work-life balance. Our team’s global presence aligns with our research expeditions, which have taken us to remote ecoregions in Tierra del Fuego, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Corsica, the Atacama, and the Galapagos Islands.

About the Role

The Fundraising & Grants Manager will have a crucial role at SPUN in supporting the team in developing a fundraising strategy, ensuring that SPUN can maintain a sustainable funding stream to support its growing team. This role will span multiple areas of work, including grants administration, proposal and report writing, implementation of fundraising strategy, and networking. Of particular importance will be the Fundraising & Grants Manager's work in maintaining relationships with current and prospective funders. The Fundraising & Grants Manager will work closely with both the Executive Director and the Managing Director to support SPUN’s fundraising efforts for core organizational funding as well as project funding. The Fundraising & Grants Manager will report to the Managing Director.

About You:

  • You have at least 5 years working in non-profits and/or start-up settings
  • Developing and executing fundraising strategies is one of your strong skill sets
  • You have experience with HNWI
  • You are passionate about working in climate and/or biodiversity fields
  • You are knowledgeable about the fundraising landscape in both the U.S. and the E.U.

Bonus Points:

  • You are tech-savvy
  • People describe you as creative, strategic and ambitious
  • You have excellent English writing skills
  • You have an established network of contacts within climate and/or conservation philanthropy

Your Day to Day

Fundraising Strategy

  • Create a focused and high-growth fundraising strategy designed to support the organization in meeting its strategic objectives
  • Ensure that future pursuits of fundraising are in line with strategy
  • Work with the Executive Director and Managing Director to identify high-priority prospective funders
  • Support the Executive Director and Managing Director by attending meetings with potential funders, taking notes, noting action points and areas of interest etc.

Grants Management

  • Manage timeline for grant reporting
  • Oversee and coordinate the preparation and writing of grant proposals with SPUN team members
  • Assist the Director of Finance to develop budgets for grants proposals
  • Partner with our Director of Finance to create annual, quarterly budgets and budget allocations based on grant funding
  • Coordinate reporting and proposal responsibilities with involved team members from science, communications, etc.

Funder Relations Building

  • Support the Executive Director in maintaining relationships with funders and high-priority partners, through communications, fundraising events, etc.
  • Work with the communications team to develop and enhance communications aimed at funders (website, print pieces, email content, story/pic/video library, frames)


  • Manage the workflow from initiating contact with prospective funders to submitting proposals and applications
  • Manage and update contact and organizations databases, with support from Executive Assistant


SPUN offers competitive compensation based on experience and location

Benefits and Perks

  • Health coverage
  • Generous PTO
  • In-person team building in international locations
  • Computer purchase stipend
  • Opportunities to travel for work

To apply

Please complete the application form at the bottom of this page, where you will be asked to upload a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

At SPUN, we embrace diversity as a fundamental pillar of our mission to protect underground ecosystems. Our commitment to decolonizing science is dependent on the diversity of knowledge and experience on our team and among our partners across the globe. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or background, feel valued, respected, and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. We highly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented or repressed groups, including but not limited to women, LGBTQIA, individuals from the Global South, and individuals with Indigenous heritage, to apply to join our team at SPUN.

To learn more about our company and culture, please visit our website

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