The Grants Manager provides overall management of the Loaves & Fishes grants portfolio and implements strategies that increase corporate and foundation support for the organization. The Grants Manager conducts grant research, determines alignment, communicates with funders, writes and submits proposals, and follows up with required reporting.
This position will play a key role in the Advancement Department through the identification, engagement and stewarding of key relationships with grantors.
The Grants Manager supports data driven fundraising goals by managing and growing the grants portfolio and contributing as an Advancement Team member. The Grants Manager reports to and is supervised by the Director of Philanthropy.
Develop and implement a plan to expand the number of grantors that provide support for Loaves & Fishes as part of the organization’s overall advancement goals.
Develop a grants stewardship plan to keep current grantors engaged with Loaves & Fishes.
Provide leadership for grant research to identify new potential corporate, foundation and family foundation funders.
Determine alignment with possible funders and develop strategy to engage.
Collaborating with other Loaves & Fishes staff teams, author identified grant applications; provide supporting documentation and follow-up reports.
Determine and execute process for documenting research and activity related to the grant funding process.
Provide donor metrics and reports that inform the advancement strategies supporting Loaves & Fishes financial goals.
Serve as a key member of the Advancement Team and support overall advancement goals.
Collaborate with other Advancement Team members to conceptualize, manage, organize and support events, meetings, and other activities to promote Loaves & Fishes.
Assist in developing annual advancement and communication plans and budgets.
Be active and involved in the advancement profession and keep Loaves & Fishes visible among peer organizations related to grants activity.
Embody values of community, compassion, dignity, hope and service.
All other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy
A passion for the mission of Loaves & Fishes
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
Experience growing and managing a substantive grants portfolio
Strong organizational and time management skills
Proven ability to forge and maintain strong relationships
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong ability to navigate a database and procure reports
Aptitude in electronic research techniques
Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects
Excellent listening and retention skills
Tech savvy and strong problem-solving skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member
Knowledge of Foundation Center a plus
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About Loaves & Fishes Community Services
Loaves & Fishes Community Services is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that has served the community of Naperville since 1984. We serve all of DuPage County. Our mission is to provide healthy food and impactful programs to promote self-sufficiency. We provide high quality food, emergency financial assistance for essential needs, educational opportunities, pathways to car ownership and wellness services to improve the lives of struggling families. We strive to be an innovative model and collaborator in our community and resource to our many valued partners.