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The Plastic Solutions Fund is looking for an experienced fundraiser, collaborator and communicator to support an expansion of its European partnerships.

Published February 5th, 2024


OVERVIEW – European Philanthropic Partner Specialist

The Plastic Solutions Fund is an international funder collaborative dedicated to tackling the crisis of plastic pollution; a crisis for the environment, human health, human rights, biodiversity & the climate all over the world. 

Founded in 2017, PSF provides individual philanthropists and foundations an opportunity to aggregate their resources for greater impact. Twenty-eight Participating Foundations have collectively contributed €75 million, supporting over 150 organizations across more than 25 countries, all working to galvanize ambitious, large-scale and permanent solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. Furthermore, it is estimated that PSF has catalyzed more than double that in aligned funding. 

PSF has been making grants in Europe since inception, contributing €17.8M to support more than 40 organizations in 22 countries as diverse as Break Free From Plastic Europe, the Rethink Plastic Alliance, Zero Waste Europe, Planet Tracker, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., ENVIU, Rezero, Recycling Netwerk Benelux, Réseau Vrac & New European Reuse Alliance. Our support has been central to achieving the EU’s Single Use Plastics Directive, to supporting the transition to zero waste in nearly 500 municipalities’ across Europe, to banning plastic waste exports to the Global South with the revision of the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation, and much more. 

The PSF is dedicated to building a truly global collaboration of funders. The 24 individual and family philanthropies currently participating in the PSF are predominantly based in the US. This contract is part of a deliberate strategy to further expand its relationships in & services to the European market. 

If successful it is expected that PSF will be positioned as one of the leading experts on the plastic economy within European philanthropy, influencing individual foundation’s giving strategies in support of PSF’s long term goals. We hope that at least 3 European based philanthropies will have joined the PSF as Participating Foundations and a further 5 will be providing aligned funding to our European civil society partners. However we understand that the European philanthropic environment is different to the US, and we expect the successful consultant to help us shape the PSF’s ‘offer’ to philanthropy in Europe appropriately. Success indicators for this work will be developed accordingly. 

The successful consultant will work closely with the Executive Director, who expects to be directly involved in the relationship development. It is expected that fundraising efforts will mainly be geared towards private foundations, but the PSF will be guided by the successful consultant in this regard. 


Build PSF profile to and relationships with philanthropies across Europe by: 

  • Providing strategic advice on avenues and opportunities for PSF to become better known in Europe
  • Helping shape PSF’s services to the European market, including advice on new offerings Identifying prospective Participating Foundations & making initial contact
  • Developing communication materials & vehicles appropriate for the European market Strategic utilization of PSF Executive Director, Board & Staff time in support of this work


  • Background in and record of successful fundraising
  • Skilled networker, excellent at building relationships based on trust
  • A minimum of 7 years experience working with philanthropies in Europe & demonstrated network of relationships
  • Understanding of organizations that center systems changing strategies for environmental, social and/or political change 
  • A global perspective
  • Written and spoken fluency in English as well as at least one other European language
  • Experience working in and with remote teams, including flexibility across time zones


This contract will be for an initial period of twelve months, with the prospect of renewal depending on the outcomes of the first contract. 


PSF has an equitable contracting policy that provides fair and equitable compensation to all employees and contractors, considering their location, scope of work, experience, and background. 

We are committed to promoting diversity and equity through our hiring and contracting practices. We strive to attract and retain a diverse pool of qualified candidates and ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly and objectively. 


PSF is interested in receiving proposals from interested individuals and/or organizations who can demonstrate a commitment to this work and the skills to implement it. 

This is a rolling selection process, so please provide us with a written proposal addressing the scope of work and the listed requirements, as well as your proposed compensation rate by your earliest convenience. We will be expediting decision making and hope to have a consultant in place by the end of March 2024. For an extended version of this RFP click here. Please email your application to info@plasticsolution.org.