Manager, Institutional Giving, Chicago

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



United States


Manager, Institutional Giving, Chicago

Start Date: September 2018

Location:  Chicago, IL



Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national non-profit organization that empowers young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a robust skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country. Since our founding in 2003, we have trained more than 8,500 college student volunteers to deliver health education to over 115,000 public high school students in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC. In 2016, PHE launched a five-year strategic plan to focus on growing our effective model while partnering with health and education systems, as well as communities, to build a more integrated, sustainable model for health education. You will be joining an incredibly passionate, collaborative, and committed team, working together towards our vision of advancing health equity. PHE launched in Chicago in 2007. We currently train 300 college students from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to deliver our program in 24 Chicago Public Schools.

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As the Manager, Institutional Giving you will lead and grow Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s Institutional Giving portfolio by managing and implementing strategies to secure philanthropic gifts from foundations and corporations. Additionally, you will drive the analysis of prospects to determine fit, coordinate between team members to build compelling proposals, write new language to tailor our work for funder interests, and own relationships whenever possible and steward them to become new partners. You will report directly to the Chicago Executive Director, and work closely with the Chicago Development Manager.

Do you aspire to show up for young people and your community each day? Are you a bold thinker and inclusive collaborator? Does authentic communication and honest feedback help you continuously learn and grow? Do you find the joy in both the journey and the results?


Yes? Here’s what you should know:

This is a full time, salaried position located in Chicago.

Here’s what you will do as part of our team:

 40% Grants Management for Foundations and Corporations

  • Manage the grant submission process for both new and existing donors, including collection and synthesis of data, completion of proposals, tracking, reporting, and corresponding with foundation and corporate donors
  • Develop and manage an annual schedule of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports, tracking outcomes and updating the calendar on a regular basis
  • Conduct in person meetings with foundation staff members to cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships as needed, utilizing senior staff where necessary
  • Lead all written grant proposals, requests, and reports
  • Lead budget creation for national projects and grants, leveraging other teams as needed

20% Communication Support

  • Develop written communications and collateral for PHE’s emerging corporate partnerships strategy, including proposals, pitch decks, and sponsorship packages
  • Write and design 1-pagers and compelling collateral that showcase different aspects of PHE’s program and strategy, and incorporate text, images, charts and graphs, and infographics, as appropriate
  • Maintain an up-to-date organizational language bank of compelling grant language, aligned with organizational communications strategy

20% Foundation and Corporation Research and Database Management

  • Prospect new foundations and corporations that align with PHE’s program and strategy, leveraging search databases, philanthropy networks, peer organizations, and referrals
  • Rigorously research prospected institutions to recommend ideal PHE pitch and identify entry points in PHE’s network. Conduct research via both Internet research and information-gathering phone calls.
  • Keep detailed records on institutions and donor information in PHE’s knowledge management system
  • Support meeting preparation, meeting follow-up, and moves management of institutional relationships by carefully logging outreach and engagement to institutional funders.
  • Collaborate with National and Local development team members in developing regional and national institutional funding approaches

10% Assist the broader External Affairs team in meeting overall fundraising goals through special projects, which may include:

  • Crafting engaging stewardship material and external language for newsletters or other purposes

10% Launch Corporate Engagement Program:

  • Develop strategies, written communications and collateral for PHE’s emerging corporate partnerships strategy, including proposals, pitch decks, and sponsorship packages
  • Working closely with the Development Manager in garnering sponsors for and providing project support for PHE’s annual spring fundraising event
  • Providing additional EA Team support as needed

What you'll bring to the table:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Demonstrated strong passion for PHE’s mission to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions; strong alignment with PHE’s core values of Health, Equity, Agency, Communication and Impact
  • 3-5 years development/fundraising or grant/proposal writing experience in a non-profit or academic setting, with record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations
  • 1-2 years institutional giving experience
  • Fundraising experience in the Chicago-land market
  • Demonstrated ability to produce persuasive written communication with a high-level command of grammar, style, and tone
  • Demonstrated ability to produce visually engaging external documents, pitch decks, or similar collateral. Have an eye for compelling and persuasive presentation
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Polished oral, telephone, and e-mail communication skills; ability to interact with a variety of constituencies, including Board members, funders, staff and other volunteers
  • Strong command of all Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Adaptability and comfortable with a changing slate of projects and responsibilities

Preferred qualifications:

  • Specific grant writing experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Previous volunteer or work experiences in direct services roles in education, social services, or healthcare
  • Experience using fundraising or client management software such as Salesforce, Raisers Edge, or DonorPerfect


Your turn! We’d like to learn about you.

Please submit your resume, a cover letter telling us why you are interested in our team and this role, and a 1-2 page writing sample. Please add your writing sample to your cover letter or resume. 

At Peer Health Exchange, we celebrate difference and are committed to providing equitable opportunities, addressing the effects of power and privilege. PHE is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, physical disability, veteran status or length of time spent unemployed. We want to empower people to change lives!

Note: Peer Health Exchange reserves the right to add additional duties, as needed. All Peer Health Exchange employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement