The McCormick Foundation’s Communities Program is seeking a detail-oriented and creative individual with excellent communication and multi-tasking skills to work on its Development team for a six-month internship from July 2018 to December 2018. This individual should have a strong understanding of and/or affinity for fundraising, philanthropy, and marketing.
The individual will be tasked with and will receive exposure to a variety of projects associated with the front and back-end operations of a Development department. Over the course of the internship, the individual will have responsibilities involving fundraising campaigns; major gifts; marketing; donor stewardship; gift processing and reporting; Raiser’s Edge database; and research. The individual will work with each member of the team and will have the opportunity to help shape new fundraising tactics.
• Assist with creation, copywriting, and production of solicitation materials including direct mail letters, emails, online ads, social media, blog posts
• Help create content and build engagement across digital channels, and manage the distribution and execution processes between internal teams and external stakeholders
• Assist with projects that promote the work of Communities Program such as brochures, white papers, social media posts, website copy
• Help with the creation, copywriting, and production of donor acknowledgements and stewardship emails
• Assist with the planning and execute the major donor thank you notes process
• Manage and execute the mid-level donor thank you note process
• Help prepare materials and assist in finalizing logistics for major donor cultivation events
• Assist with creation of a prospect cultivation and/or new donor welcome series
Database, Gift Processing, and Reporting
• Train on Raiser’s Edge donor database
• Perform gift and acknowledgment letter processing, and database clean-up projects
• Execute administrative tasks such as matching gift processing and review of operational documentations
• Perform basic level analysis and assist with reporting
• Assist with research to support the major donor program
• Compile and summarize current industry trends and fundraising benchmarks
Other duties as assigned, including
• Administrative work
• Assist in managing high school interns
• Recent college graduate or graduate student with a degree in Nonprofit, Social Work, Marketing, Business, Communications, Journalism, or other related field and an interest in fundraising and philanthropy
• Working knowledge and experience in creating and managing content for social media platforms and digital channels
• Outstanding writing skills and an effective communicator
• Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful
• Efficient and effective multi-tasking and time management skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Team player, with the ability to work independently
• Familiar with latest digital trends and emerging technology
• Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, social media platforms, database experience (preferred)
Additional Salary Information: After 30 days of employment, one hour of paid time off (PTO) will be earned for every 40 hours worked. PTO hours can be used for personal, sick, vacation, or holiday time.
About Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is dedicated to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic grant-making and Cantigny Park, the Foundation works to make life better in Chicagoland. The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities.