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Director of Philanthropy

  • 10 Mar 2021 11:45 AM
    Message # 10182832
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

    Director of Philanthropy

    Reports To: Executive Director

    Founded in 1941, The Community House (TCH) is a well-established not-for-profit community organization delivering recreation programs, arts and culture activities, and local social programs focused on equitable access to services. Serving south-eastern DuPage County and located in Hinsdale, The Community House builds community by providing inspiring opportunities for learning, social support, and recreation.

    The Director of Philanthropy works with the Executive Director, the board of trustees, community members and the advancement team to increase visibility of our mission in the community, lead revenue development strategies focused on growing sustainable financial resources, and providing leadership to organizational messaging efforts. This includes leading strategy, delivery, and team members in the following areas: individual giving, corporate/foundation gifts, major gifts, planned giving, special events, grants, branding and marketing.

    This role is a member of the senior leadership team that reports to the Executive Director and directly oversees the roles of:  Advancement Manager, Marketing Coordinator, and Grant Writer. 


    A successful leader in this role will perform these essential functions to raise $1,000,000+ annually.

    ·         Annual planning: Work alongside leadership team and Board of Trustees to establish both annual and multi-year fundraising goals.

    ·         Strategy development: Produce and deliver the annual fundraising plan to reach financial goals, including long-term goals and multiple short-term projects with clear timelines, responsibilities and accountabilities. 

    ·         Relationship cultivation and management: Grow and maintain a portfolio of donor relationships, consistent with the overall development strategy; coordinate with other team members to ensure effective engagement with donors and stakeholders.

    ·         Event Planning: Plan and implement a successful event strategy.

    ·         Staff development: Provide coaching and supervision to advancement staff and volunteers, investing in the development of both individual and team performance. Ensure needed volunteer roles or staff positions are hired, on-boarded, and supported.

    ·         Brand champion: Create and broadcast agency brand through a creative and multi-faceted communication strategy.


    • Demonstrated successful experience in working with and involving board members and other volunteers in fundraising and development efforts. Proven ability to initiate action and motivate others.

    • Personnel management techniques and experience.

    • Detail and results oriented.

    • Excellent writing skills, including grant proposal development and business correspondence.

    • Excellent communication skills to strongly present the case for need for The Community House.

    • Team player, willingness to help others achieve success.

    • Computer literacy including word processing, database and online platforms.


    • Works closely with Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement fundraising and program strategy to support mission and goals of The Community House.

    • Establishes, forecasts, and evaluates fundraising potential, researches and identifies sources of funds to support TCH programs.

    • Develops and implements budget, action plans, procedures, and reports for each event and campaign to enhance effectiveness and maximize revenue.

    • Develop, compose, and prepare fundraising strategy for direct mail appeals, seasonal campaigns; tracks, monitors, and evaluates results of mailings; identifies and implements new approaches.

    • Establishes and implements guidelines for donor stewardship and recognition; creates recognition letters and develops means of stewardship for donors that effectively and enthusiastically convey the organization’s appreciation. Moves management experience a plus.

    • Cultivates relationships with donors, foundation, and corporate relationships.

    • With grant writer, identifies grant requirements and time frames; prepares and submits grant proposals which are clear, complete, specific and reflect the energy, urgency, priorities and mission of TCH in order to maximize income goals; collaborates with finance and program staff to ensure appropriate grant reporting, documentation, and required follow up.

    • Develops and manages the donor database, with the support of the Development Manager, to ensure the integrity of donor information, timely processing of gifts, and accuracy of information.

    • Develops a Planned Giving program by working with financial institutions and community groups to provide information to individuals concerning the benefits and process for establishing a planned gift ( i.e. wills, trust and bequests).

    • Serves as a key spokesperson; builds and maintains appropriate external relationships and coalitions. Stays abreast of relevant development opportunities with various community groups and agencies.

    • Evaluates the effectiveness of TCH fundraising and development programs.

    Develops and implements innovative strategies for continually improving impact, effectiveness, and quality of fundraising activities.

    • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


    A minimum of five years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit or related field; proven track record in developing and executing fundraising strategy; direct mail and event management experience; excellent organizational ability; highly developed written and verbal skills. Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills. Proven ability to successfully handle multiple projects and meet critical deadlines. Results-orientated and a passion for creativity.


    $65,-$75,000 + excellent benefits package


    Email résumé and cover letter to: Cara Romanini, cromanini@thecommunityhouse.org

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