Founded in 1977 by Father Paul Sheridan, S.J., Boys Hope Girls Hope is a privately funded, non-profit, multi-denominational organization that provides at-risk children with a stable home, high quality education, and the support they need to reach their full potential. Many of their children come from home environments marked by abuse, poverty or neglect. Others come from caring families unable to meet the child's needs because of chronic unemployment, violence or dangerous neighborhoods.
Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) is currently serving children 14 U.S. cities and two foreign countries (Guatemala and Mexico). Boys Hope Girls Hope's unique approach is a holistic, "whole-person" based approach that meets all the needs of the children in its care. The program:
Supports children financially and emotionally from middle school through college and career networking beyond graduation.
Provides children with long-term adult relationships and positive mentoring.
Places children in non-institutional, family-like homes staffed with live-in residential counselors.
Is funded exclusively through private sector donations.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois http://www.chicagobhgh.org
Since its inception in 1979, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois (BHGHIL) has been dedicated to helping capable young scholars. Children who once had little chance to succeed now have opportunities to attend college and realize their dreams. BHGHIL has offered scholarships to Chicago area children who are academically capable – all of whom are at risk for not attending college due to poverty, homelessness, gang or domestic violence, drug use and other seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Boys Hope Girls Hope is unique because it is the Scholars' choice to be there. Most of our Scholars are the first members of their families to have the opportunity to go to college. Currently, 100 percent of their Scholars who graduate from high school as part of the program go on to college.
The mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope is to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family- like homes, opportunities and education through college. More specifically, the program provides:
Homes. Opportunity. Parenting. Education
This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the BHGHIL mission and who has a track record of success in methodically growing genuine relationships among donors. A Major Gifts Officer engages with previous donors, community leaders and philanthropists as a senior-level representative of Boys Hope Girls Hope of IL. The principal work of a Major Gifts Officer is to collaborate with board members, committed donors, and volunteers to identify, recruit, and cultivate potential major gift prospects through point-of-entry events, prospect identification activities and personal networking.
A Major Gifts Officer works as the relationship manager for, and plans and participates in solicitations of potential donors. Working within a team-based approach, and in conjunction with the President, he or she will manage the progression of prospects through The Core Process: Identify, Engage, Cultivate and Solicit stages. A Major Gifts Officer achieves development objectives through his or her own efforts and by engaging, organizing and working through volunteers, but is directly responsible for ensuring all activities are well-planned, timely and appropriate to the situation. All members of the development team are expected to be high-performing team members that put relationships with their colleagues and peers first. The team is built on a high level of trust, transparency and communication that will be essential to any team members joining BHGHIL.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
The Major Gifts Officer:
Develops a working knowledge of BHGHIL, its strategic initiatives, and funding priorities.
Promotes the mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope to the community.
Develops and manages strategies for high-level donors and prospective donors including timely and accurate documentation of conversations and contacts with donors, volunteers, board members, and staff.
Manages a level of activity to generate 12-15 face-to-face visits per month leading to growth of a portfolio of 75 active prospects and donors with the capacity, inclination, and/or history to make a gift of $10,000+.
Manages prospective donors within a team-based approach and raises funds through managing multiple relationships with prospective donors through the defined cultivation process.
Interacts with board members, volunteers, leadership and community members as sources of referrals for potential major donors. Attends Point of Entry events, meetings and other fundraising events to identify and cultivate relationships with board members and prospective donors.
Develops and maintains effective working relationships with key volunteers, prospects and donors; identifies or creates meaningful organizational volunteer opportunities for major gift donors and prospects.
Communicates appropriately with development staff regarding information about prospects under management, including contact reports, proposal generation, gift acknowledgement, and other data important for the maintenance of donor/prospect records.
Focuses on placing a high priority on serving internal and external contacts in a timely, courteous manner; follows up until needs are met.
Acts as a role model for integrity, ethical behavior, and fiscal responsibility in support of the mission of BHGHIL.
Supports all fundraising events with appropriate duties such as cultivating paddle raise prospects.
Performs other duties as negotiated and assigned.
The nature of the work to cultivate loyal donor relationships will entail periodic early morning, late evening and weekend commitments.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
First round candidates will meet with the President and Development team.
Second round candidates will meet with members of the Board.
Final candidates will make a visit to one of our homes to meet Scholars and meet with the Chair of the Board.
DESIRED BACKGROUNDS/ SKILLS REQUIRED
The Major Gifts Officer will have achieved leadership stature in the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to interact with high performing Board Members and supporters. They will possess:
A commitment to and understanding of BHGH beneficiaries.
A willingness to utilize their professional skills (marketing, finance, fundraising, education, etc.) and networks to enhance the work of the staff and advance the mission of BHGH.
Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building rapport among donors and potential donors.
A demonstrated successful track record in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects.
Qualities of a team player who is invested in organizational culture, self-directed, creative, and enjoys working in a mission-based institution.
Excellent organizational and communications (oral and written) skills.
Understanding that diplomacy, tact, and courtesy are paramount.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, ethics, and a passion for improving the lives of BHGH Scholars.
Familiarity with prospect management systems and Salesforce (highly desirable).
A sense of humor.
BA/BS required. Master’s degree and/or CFRE status preferred.
5 or more years work experience in either fund development or other disciplines with transferrable skills preferably in an education related mission.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates may submit a resume and cover letter on our website https://bhghinternational.org/careers. Select the Illinois Affiliate to see the menu of jobs available in Illinois and select the position you wish to apply for. You will be prompted to enter your demographic information and upload your resume.
About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.
Boys Hope Girls Hope is an international organization centered on cultivating youth empowerment through the foundation of education and holistic support. Operating in 16 cities in the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope utilizes structured programming adapted to the needs of each community, unique curriculum, and partnerships with local schools and universities. Service pathways include residential environments, academy programs, continuing support of collegians, and community-based after school programming.
Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that children have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. Children create these successes when we remove obstacles, support and believe in them, and provide environments and opportunities that build on their strengths.