Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, the Grant Writer/Prospect Developer will have responsibility for the research and identification of potential funding partners across all giving segments. The Grant Writer/Prospect Developer will use research tools (online website listings, databases, clearinghouses, professional literature, and directors) to identify individuals and/or organizations whose giving interests align with Girl Scout programming. Once identified, s/he will develop solid “leads” through phone calls and email communications to establish a preliminary connection that can be further leveraged by appropriate Fund Development staff. In addition, s/he will have responsibility for all fund development activities associated with an assigned corporate/foundation/government/United Way donor portfolio. Such responsibilities include development, processing, submission, and monitoring of assigned grant proposals and subsequent reports. Further responsibilities may include writing departmental donor communications.
Characteristic, Duties and Responsibilities:
Undertakes a strategic approach to aligning the council's Girl Scout Program key deliverables to funding opportunities.
Research prospective and assigned corporate, foundation and government partners to identify individual/organization contact, appropriate level of request, area of support, critical deadlines, and application processes. Refer individual contacts to the appropriate internal staff.
Develop cultivation plan for assigned/newly-identified partners and, as necessary, create detailed cultivation requests for senior management to ensure proper cultivation and eventual stewardship of assigned partners. Also responsible for following up with senior management, as necessary, on the status of requested cultivation activity.
For those donors in assigned portfolio, draft proposals and submit to direct supervisor for review.
Ensure that required grant reports are submitted according to partner guidelines, for all assigned partners (gather required information, prepare reports). Prior to submission to funder, submit to direct supervisor for review.
Compilation/preparation of impact stories to be used in donor communications (newsletters, postcards, appeal letters, etc.).
Write content for identified donor communications as assigned; i.e., newsletters, postcards, etc.
Regular meetings to review status of current and upcoming projects.
Work with data base manager to ensure that all prospecting activities are captured in Raiser’s Edge.
Monitors fulfillment of benefits (e.g. article in newsletter, acknowledgement in annual report) to foundation and corporate donors.
Perform other duties as required or assigned.
Experience, Skills and Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree Required
Minimum 3-5 years' experience and demonstrated track record in fundraising through grant submission process
Strategic thinker, highly organized, demonstrated hands on experience with proven ability to multitask, handle pressure and meet deadlines
Demonstrated excellence in written and communication skills
Proven track record in developing and maintaining funder relationships
About Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Our dedicated employees work out of 6 Gathering Places and 7 campground properties and virtually to reach girls in 254 communities throughout 10 counties in Illinois and Indiana. Together with our volunteers (and interns), we build an environment where any girl can be empowered to define their future.Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana welcomes a diverse staff who are committed to... our mission to join us! We provide a fun, casual work environment where we offer a comprehensive benefits package, time off and flexibility to ensure a balanced team that is committed to our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character.