The Communities Program helps to transform under-resourced communities by giving people access to programs which improve their lives. Through its Communities Matching Fund, Impact Englewood Fund, and partnerships with sport teams and philanthropic organizations, it raises money for local needs and provides matching funds to increase the impact of charitable giving. Grants are then made to qualified nonprofit organizations with programs that help transition low-income children, adults and families to self-sufficiency. To achieve greater impact, the Communities Program focuses on programs in education, economic security, and community health.
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
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)
Schedule, Compensation, and Benefits
Individual available for full-time or part-time work for a total of up to 980 hours from July 2018 to December 2018. Internship compensation is $14/hour. 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. Internship is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening.
To be considered for the 2018 McCormick Foundation Communities Program Development Intern position, please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 29, 2018.
Two academic and/or work references
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.