The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

We are privileged to serve our community and invite those who connect with our mission, vision, and values to explore employment opportunities with the Trust. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

The Chicago Community Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Fundraising Campaign Manager, We Rise Together

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-785285
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: August 16, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

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.

Position Responsibilities

We Rise Together Campaign Fundraising

  • Inform and support fundraising strategies and establish action plans to achieve them. Manage the execution of all campaign fundraising activities.
  • 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 foundation relationships.
  • 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 fundraising culture.
  • 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.

Experience and Skills:

Position Requirements

  • 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 leadership role.
  • 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 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.