The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) presents the most compelling authors, artists, thought leaders and thinkers of our time, connecting people to the ideas that shape and define us. Since our first festival 30 years ago, CHF has produced over 3,000 programs, including conversations, lectures, panels, performances, exhibitions and interactive participatory experiences. Our programs provoke conversations, celebrate creativity, build community and explore the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture. CHF values programming that reflects multiple viewpoints and lived experiences, is accessible and inclusive, and speaks to diverse audiences, including youth and audiences of color. We program across the Chicago area—in neighborhoods from South Shore to Evanston, Hyde Park to Bronzeville—bringing people and ideas together, inviting participation and dialogue amongst our audiences. CHF seeks to facilitate an engagement with ideas that transcends individual concerns, to enable empathy and connection through shared conversations and experiences.
The Associate Director, Major Gifts is an integral part of CHF’s development team and is responsible for securing philanthropic support from individuals at the $3,000 level and above. Designs and implements innovative, strategic programs to identify prospective major gift donors. Devises and executes organized plans to qualify, cultivate, steward and solicit donors. Oversees the tracking and management of an emerging prospect pool. Collaborates with the development and programming teams, CHF Board and senior staff, to develop philanthropic and fundraising strategies to strengthen existing relationships and expand CHF’s donor base.
Planning and Execution
Creates and leads a coordinated program of fundraising activities designed to increase the number and level of major gift donors
Develops and executes strategies to identify, cultivate, steward and personally solicit new and existing major individual donors
Designs and implements all aspects of Charter Humanist Society program ($3,000+), including marketing and communication materials and strategies, cultivation events, stewardship and upgrade plans
Organization and Collaboration
Leads efforts alongside Managing Director and CHF leadership to identify opportunities to engage organization in successful philanthropic efforts with key individual donors
With the Associate Director, Membership and Special Events, identify members and lower-level donors with greater capacity and create strategies for cultivation and solicitation
Works closely with box office team to ensure top notch engagement and customer service for key donors and develops and successfully executes plans for delivery of tickets and other items
Gifts and Prospects
Provides leadership, determines and evaluates individual goals, annual major gift revenue budget and research strategies for new and existing donors
Identifies and personally solicits major gifts by creating and managing a robust portfolio of prospective donors at this level and above
Responsible for portfolio management and achieving measurable targets for each fiscal year associated with the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors to achieve budgeted revenue goals
Responsible for the engagement of existing and prospect donors through special events, and other initiatives key to major gift fundraising
Ensures timely database entry and best practices for recording gifts and prospect activity
Coordinates appointments and prepares materials used by senior management and board members for cultivation and solicitation meetings, events or phone calls made to major donors
Maintains prospect research lists and leads individual research strategies
Work with marketing and development teams to develop solicitation materials
Other duties as assigned by the Managing Director, Development
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
5-7 years’ increasing development experience with a deep focus on major gifts and personal solicitation
Expert knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of individual fundraising
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors
Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
Electronic submission only. No phone calls, please.
The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Chicago Humanities Festival
For nearly 30 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has celebrated the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities, and cultures. For the curious at heart, CHF’s vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Collaborating with leading arts, cultural, and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians, and policy makers that change how we see the world, where we’re from, and where we’re going. CHF also presents the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, Chicago’s only international performance festival for young audiences. Under the leadership of Executive Director Phillip Bahar and Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, CHF is one of Chicago’s most vital presenting organizations. Visit chicagohumanities.org for more information.