Lead fundraising strategies and initiatives to achieve environmental leader in the Chicago region's fundraising objectives and ensure that day-to-day fundraising activities are completed.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop annual fundraising plan with target goals by source (e.g., sponsorships, grants, individual donations, memberships, and events) and timeline.Research and identification of new and expanded funding sources and opportunities, with attention to creative fundraising initiatives.
- Cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donor portfolio, including in-person meetings and written communications with potential donors, grantors and sponsor organizations.
- Grant-writing, including drafting of letters of intent and proposals, tracking and reporting.
- Preparation and administration of sponsorship proposals, invoices and written acknowledgement of cash and in-kind donations.
- Design and implementation of membership and donor campaigns (i.e., Giving Tuesday).
- Maintain shared calendar (Google) and project management tools, with responsibility for meeting application and reporting deadlines.
- Maintain database (DonorSnap) of existing and prospective donors, sponsors and funders, with gift tracking and reporting.
- Work with marketing personnel to create impactful print and electronic communications.
- Design and direct sponsor and donor recognition and appreciation programs, coordinating with Marketing and others to ensure sponsor and donor benefits delivery.
- Provide creative, strategic input to fundraising events planning.
Qualifications and Skills
- Background in nonprofit fundraising.
- Demonstrated grant-writing success.
- Experience working with foundations, corporations, individual donors and government funders.
- Ability to initiate, foster and grow relationships with individuals and organizations.
- Experience developing fundraising drives and membership programs.
- High level of professionalism and dedication.
- Ability to envision, plan and execute activities that will further the mission of the organization.
- Ability to recruit, engage and appreciate volunteers and staff.
- Supervisory experience.
- Ability to work effectively with a broad demographic of people, and a range of groups from corporate to grassroots.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Excellent time-management skills, with ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Competency handling sensitive and/or confidential information.
- Self-starter able to work independently.
- Experience with donor database use and management.
- Comfortable learning and using software applications and online technology.
- Experience with basic level of graphic design is a plus.
The ideal candidate will also be:
- Supportive of GCC’s mission of environmental sustainability, and willing to uphold environmental brand requirements, such as zero-waste initiatives at all GCC events.
- A thoughtful, creative problem-solver.
- A good listener.
- An entrepreneurial self-starter.
- Collaborative and flexible.
- Able to work / manage self independently with little to no supervision, as well as able to work in groups.
- Comfortable with social networking and engaging new individuals and organizations.
- Detail, system and results-oriented, but can keep up with the broader vision and goals.
Combination of remote and onsite hours. Must be available for meetings on a weekly basis, as well as occasional evening and weekend meetings or events