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Executive Director at All Stars Helping Kids




Based in Santa Clara, CA, All Stars Helping Kids (ASHK) is dedicated to disrupting the cycle of poverty affecting underprivileged youth in the Bay Area. The organization got its start in 1989 when NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen raised $100,000 in a single evening, and elected to invest it in several South Bay nonprofits fighting poverty. Since then, ASHK has grown considerably and expanded its grantee profile, using the simple formula of raising money and redistributing it to create opportunities in education, health, and life skills for disadvantaged youth.

Today, ASHK personifies its mission through venture philanthropy -- seeking, vetting, and assisting emerging nonprofits with seed funding, support and community. Investments are guided by three key aspects essential to the development of the whole child from early childhood to college: Rigorous Academics, Health & Fitness, and Life Skills. Focusing on non-profits with annual budgets of $500,000 or less, through a competitive grantee Pitch Day process, ASHK invites up to three emerging social innovation organizations to join their dynamic Cohort Program and receive $75,000 cash grants disbursed over three years. Guided by a passionate Board of Directors, the organization is leveraging its unique role as a grant maker, convener, and advocate to activate a network of changemakers committed to increasing opportunities for under-resourced youth and families.



This is a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial social impact leader to advance an innovative model for grantmaking and create lasting change in communities across the Bay Area.  Reporting to a highly supportive Board of Directors, the next Executive Director (ED) will bring their vision, passion, and experience to help guide All Stars Helping Kids into a new chapter of development. The ED’s work will include building internal organizational capacity, expanding the resources available to ASHK’s grantee community, and building awareness for the organization within the Bay Area philanthropic network. Backed by ASHK’s 25-year history of catalyzing change and a cutting edge model for program and resource delivery, the Executive Director is not only poised to grow the scale of All Stars Helping Kids but also to progress a new model of philanthropic investment.

The key responsibilities of this Executive Director role will include:

  • Strategy & Organization Building: Draft and implement strategic plans that meet ambitious impact goals, crafted in partnership with the Board of Directors; develop ASHK’s organizational infrastructure in areas including fundraising/development, programs, and finance.
  • Defining Scale and Impact: Develop and enhance ASHK’s innovative approach to nonprofit grantmaking, drawing from best practices in the venture capital and impact investing space to advance the cohort model; Prepare the organization and programs for scale.
  • Community Leadership: Foster a sense of community among grantees and support non-profit founders on their journey to excellence; mobilize ASHK’s volunteer network to deliver increasing value, expanding relationships with key partner organizations.
  • Fundraising: Serve as the Chief Storyteller and evangelist of ASHK; partner with the Director of Development to design and execute fundraising plans, events, and campaigns; activate the generosity of the Bay Area venture philanthropy community.
  • Operations Management: Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization including finance, administration, and people operations; lead the ASHK’s staff, including the Director of Development and Program Director.



  • 3-5 years in an Executive Director or executive management position; experience in the venture capital, impact investing and/or social financing space is a strong plus
  • Demonstrated success in an entrepreneurial environment; able to quickly shift between designing at a high altitude and executing on the ground level
  • Experience developing organizational strategy, setting performance indicators, implementing strategic plans, and measuring organizational success
  • Systems thinker with deep knowledge around capacity building and preparing organizations for scale
  • Proven fundraiser with previous experience soliciting on behalf of an organization; Strong understanding of grantmaking with interest in innovative approaches
  • Strong networker with aptitude for developing valuable trusting relationships
  • Excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Seasoned leader with demonstrated success growing teams with cross-functional responsibilities
  • Passion for community building; experience working in low income communities preferred 
  • Passionate about the mission and model of All Stars Helping Kids
  • Enthusiastic, creative, and dependable



  • Compensation competitive with Bay Area nonprofits, including benefits



All Stars Helping Kids has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this high-priority search. In order to apply, please submit an updated resume and thoughtful cover letter that outlines how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position. 

Please refrain from contacting All Stars Helping Kids directly; all inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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