Institutional Giving Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



641 W. Lake St.
Suite 200

United States


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for running the grants program at the Chicago Literacy Alliance (CLA). This position is the CLA’s primary grant writer and will oversee the implementation of all institutional development strategies, fundraising campaigns, and stewardship plans. This position will also manage the donor database for the CLA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Corporate/Foundation Prospecting, Solicitation and Stewardship (75%)

  • Conduct full range of activities required to prepare, submit and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Prepare and submit requested grant reports to grantors.
  • Research foundations, corporations, and other potential funders on an on-going basis in order to evaluate prospects for grants.
  • Develop and maintain a grants calendar to manage multiple projects and prioritize as needed to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Maintain all records pertinent to grant writing, both paper and electronic
  • Provide written and verbal reports on the performance of the grant writing activities.
  • Work with colleagues throughout the organization to gather information and data for proposals and reports, and develop content for proposals and program budgets.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with funders through phone calls, face-to-face meetings, and networking events.
  • Manage and oversee grant revenue status; work closely with the finance team to assure accuracy and proper and timely utilization of programmatic funding.

Database Management and Donor Tracking (25%)

  • Support overall development efforts by managing the donor database and generating reports.
  • Ensure all contracts and other materials are scanned and saved as appropriate.
  • Conduct tracking of all requests and contributions, providing timely donor acknowledgement letters and communication.
  • Ensure accurate record-keeping of all contributions and pledges.
  • Manage and ensure the accuracy of all mailing and contact lists.

The ideal candidate:

  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Has a minimum of two years work experience in a nonprofit organization.
  • Has strong writing and communication skills.
  • Has experience working in a CRM database such as Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura or Neon.
  • Is curious and has a high aptitude for learning new software and systems.
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest to grow a grants program into something great.
  • Is passionate about all things literacy.


Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

The CLA is an equal opportunity employer, and embraces and celebrates diversity in the community it seeks to foster. Diversity of ethnicity, skin color, background, experience, lifestyle, skillset, physical limitation, education, religion, sexual orientation and gender within the CLA team is essential to the organization’s culture and mission.


  • Health/Dental/Vision/Life insurance plan
  • 401k retirement plan
  • Unbelievable PTO plan
  • Chance to work at the Literacenter, the country’s first nonprofit shared workspace dedicated to literacy, and use of its facilities (including the LitLounge, five Literascooters, free coffee, frequent snacks, and more!)
  • Discounts at local businesses and partners, from acupuncture and climbing gyms through delicious lunches and used books

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement