The Fundraising Campaign Manager is a position that will lead the
day-to-day fundraising and management of the $250 million We
Rise Together for an Equitable and Just Recovery campaign.
Housed at The Chicago Community Trust ("the Trust"), We Rise
Together is a 3-5 year initiative driving an equitable and just
economic recovery through strategic philanthropic investments and
promoting equitable private sector practices and public policy. The
Manager will focus on all aspects of fundraising, including
prospect/donor identification, cultivation, preparation for all
solicitations, managing prospect follow-up, and stewardship. They will
also manage the We Rise Together Fundraising Ambassadors Committee,
including preparation of volunteer engagement actions and meeting materials.
The Fundraising Campaign Manager will report to the Senior Director
of Resource Development and will work with campaign counsel to inform
the campaign’s strategies. They will also carry their own portfolio of
major gift prospects and strategically engage with the Philanthropic
Services department, the We Rise Together team, and Trust leadership
to secure gifts to the campaign and cultivate long-term donor
relationships with the Trust.
We Rise Together Campaign Fundraising
- Inform and support fundraising strategies and establish action
plans to achieve them. Manage the execution of all campaign
- Identify top prospects and create cultivation and solicitation
plans. Prepare Trust and We Rise leadership to successfully secure
gifts of up to $50 million to the campaign.
- Directly identify, cultivate, solicit and steward qualified donors
and prospects, managing a portfolio of individual donor
relationships that will grow over time as well as some corporate and
- Manage the We Rise Together Fundraising Ambassadors Committee,
working one-on-one with volunteers to solicit high-potential
prospects in their networks and organizing biannual Ambassador meetings.
- Manage donor stewardship, including acknowledgements, gift
recognition, reporting and ongoing engagement.
- Collaborate with Philanthropic Services and other colleagues to
engage campaign donors in long-term relationships with the Trust and
its work to close the Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gap.
- Support development of donor campaign materials with Strategic
Communications colleagues and campaign counsel
- Coordinate and conduct face-to-face visits, campaign events and
other activities to build meaningful personal relationships with donors
- Guide the development and creation of donor proposals,
presentations and reports as needed
- Work independently and be self-motivated in initiating contacts
with potential donors.
Promote Organization-wide Fundraising Culture
- Build internal partnerships to support an organization-wide
- Support the development of fundraising operations systems and processes.
- Represent The Chicago Community Trust’s mission and strategic
priorities to external stakeholders and actively network through
events and community forums.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years’ experience in
major gifts, specifically experience in fundraising campaigns and
cultivating and soliciting gifts of $100,000+.
- Interest and ability to grow into a resource development
- A self-starter who thrives in an environment of minimal oversight
- Excellent presentation and communication skills
- Excellent relationship building skills
- Knowledge of the principles of fundraising and confidentiality
standards, and able to participate in all aspects of the donor
journey: identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship.
- Experience using Salesforce or similar CRM to manage donor relationships
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Trust is committed to creating a diverse work environment and
is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Trust does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability,
parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under
applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to
apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a reasonable
accommodation to complete this application.
History of The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert
Harris, father and son duo of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank (now
BMO Harris Bank). The Trust was the fourth community foundation ever
created. There are now 750 community foundations in Canada and the U.S.
As our region’s community foundation, the Trust unites generous
donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to effect lasting
change that moves our entire region forward. Our approach centers on
tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root causes
of deep-seated issues to realize a more prosperous future for all who
call metropolitan Chicago home.
For more than 100 years, donors have entrusted their philanthropic
resources and visions to our stewardship. Guided by our deep knowledge
of the community, we fund, lead, convene and collaborate to address
the greatest and most critical needs facing the Chicago region. From
the $22 million raised to help with unemployment relief in the Great
Depression to spearheading an effort to help people keep their homes
during the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession to $35 million
raised for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which
supported nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors, Chicagoans
have put their trust in us.
In 2019, we announced we would focus our discretionary spending over
the next decade on working to close Chicago’s growing racial and
ethnic wealth gap. The Trust envisions a Chicago region that’s
stronger and more prosperous because everyone—regardless of race,
ethnicity, or zip code—has equitable access to the opportunities and
resources they need to succeed and live a fulfilling life.
With assets of more than $3.7 billion, the Trust, in partnership with
its donors, distributes more than $600 million in grants each year.
The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors,
grant recipients, residents, and community leaders that continue to
work tirelessly to make the Chicago region one where all have the
opportunity to realize their dreams.