Welcome to the ACBL Educational Foundation

The ACBL Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1987 for the purpose of getting more people of all ages and walks of life to play and enjoy bridge. The Foundation does this by awarding grants for bridge educational programs, and it is supported by contributions from individuals, families, and corporations.

The Foundation is embarking on a dramatic increase in the scope and scale of its efforts. Our first step is to find and hire a talented Executive Director who can help us raise substantially more money and develop new strategies for dramatically increasing the number of people, in all age groups, who play and enjoy bridge.


Foundation Executive Director Search

Do you know someone who is good at raising money? Someone who would like a rewarding job helping to get a lot more people learning, playing and loving the game of bridge?

The ACBL Educational Foundation Board of Trustees has begun searching for its  first-ever executive director. 

In recent years, the foundation’s focus has been on growing the collegiate program in partnership with ACBL and on supporting teachers.  Growth in these programs has been significant, and the trustees feel it is now time to think bigger – and aim to substantially grow the number of bridge players across all age groups and walks of life throughout North America, whether they choose to play competitively or socially. 

“We’re looking for a dynamic fundraising professional,” says Barbara Heller, the foundation President.  “Our continued partnership with ACBL has supported the foundation for years, but it is time to grow and seek contributions from donors to support specific programs and to take us to the next level.  To accomplish that, we’re looking for someone to partner with the Board in developing and implementing a strategy for growth.” 

Heller has appointed a search committee composed of Joel Kramer, chair, and Flo Belford, Paul Cuneo, Greg Johnson and Robert Todd. 

Kramer said that the ideal Executive Director candidate certainly doesn’t have to be a bridge expert, but should understand the benefits of playing bridge and appreciate the passion that many players feel for the game. 

An ad for the position appears in the Feb edition of the Bulletin.  The ad will also appear on other sites, including the job listings of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The search committee urges you to share this opportunity with your network of contacts.  

The Position:  The Executive Director will lead all operations of the Foundation, including fundraising, grantmaking, and working with the trustees on a strategy for growth. The E.D. will report to the board, and supervise the current part-time grants coordinator and any other staff hired by the E.D.   

The E.D. will run the organization remotely, can live anywhere in North America,  and must be available to travel.  The board conducts three in-person meetings a year, at the North American Bridge Championships held in various North American cities in the spring, summer and late fall. Other meetings at the call of the chair are held online.  The American Contract Bridge League, which is one of the Foundation’s principal partners, is headquartered outside Memphis, and there may be some travel to that location, as well as to wherever major funders or prospects live. 

 Qualifications: 

  • Extensive nonprofit fundraising and development experience

  • Strong knowledge of grantmaking and assessment processes

  • Demonstrated communications skills

  • Experience working with volunteers

  • Success managing people

  • Ability to work from home and lead virtual workgroups

  • Appreciation of the value and benefits of learning and playing bridge (but you certainly do not need to be an expert player to succeed in this job). 

 Application process

To apply, e-mail ACBLEdFoundationSearch@gmail.com with a cover letter detailing qualifications, resume, and salary requirement.