Manager, Philanthropy & Foundation Operations

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

As the world’s leader in digital payments technology, Visa’s mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You’re an Individual. We’re the team for you. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

The Manager, Philanthropy & Foundation Operations will be responsible for helping manage the operations and administration of Visa’s philanthropic strategy across corporate and foundation charitable contributions. The role will have primary responsibility for the vetting, tracking, processing, disbursing and reporting of all charitable contributions made by Visa Inc. and the Visa Foundation. The role will manage the production of regular charitable giving updates and reports for internal partners, Visa corporate / Foundation leadership and external stakeholders. The Manager also will ensure that all corporate and Foundation contributions are made in full compliance with relevant laws and regulations as well as Visa policies, and will help instill a culture of integrity in Visa’s philanthropic activities. This role requires working closely with various internal stakeholders who activate Visa’s philanthropic strategy in areas including micro and small enterprises, financial capability, employee involvement, local community giving, disaster response, environmental sustainability and related areas.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Visa Social Impact team and will report to the Vice President, Community as well as the President, Visa Foundation. The position will be based at Visa’s offices in San Francisco, California. 

Specific responsibilities include:


Contributions Management

Manage the processing of all Visa corporate and foundation charitable contributions each year, including vetting, supporting documentation, approvals, tracking, disbursements and record-keeping; review and track in-kind sponsorship-related donations; manage third-party vendor(s) supporting these activities


Contributions Reporting

Ensure the timely submission of progress reports from Visa’s charitable contribution recipients; manage the production of charitable giving monthly, quarterly and annual reports for internal and external stakeholders; respond to external inquiries regarding Visa’s philanthropic activities, including requests for data through philanthropy benchmarking and performance surveys


Policy and Compliance

Serve as a delegate for the Visa Charitable Contributions Policy and other related policies, including supporting self-assessments, audits, employee training and enhancements; ensure strong collaboration with Legal, Compliance, Risk, Internal Audit and other stakeholders. Manage Visa Foundation audit process and required IRS and state filings.


Governance Operations Support

Support the operations of relevant corporate and foundation governing bodies, including preparation of quarterly meeting materials and reports, meeting minutes, enactment of decisions, response to member requests, etc.


Budget Management

In collaboration with team colleagues, manage corporate and foundation budgeting process, including forecasting, invoicing/receiving and budget reconciliation


Beyond Philanthropy

Support additional activities of the Social Impact function



  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) degree
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in roles managing the operations and administration of philanthropic grant-making and contributions programs
  • Experience with the financial, legal and compliance issues pertaining to corporate and foundation charitable contributions
  • Self-starter with a passion to advance projects and bring forward new ideas
  • Strong communication skills, including within an environment interacting with senior corporate executives
  • Ability to work within a complex and often ambiguous environment, including collaborating with and influencing various stakeholders regardless of reporting and functional lines
  • Team oriented, collaborative, positive, diplomatic, good-humored and flexible; willingness to accommodate schedules across global time zones as needed
  • Exceptional project management skills; extreme attention to detail required for materials appropriate for senior executives

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in philanthropy in a corporate environment (i.e., corporate giving and/or corporate foundation programs)
  • Global or multi-national experience



Additional Information

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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