Grantmaking Intern (Two Openings, June – December 2019
Department: Communities Program (McCormick Foundation) Reports to: Senior Program Officer and Program Officer Location: Chicago, IL
About the Communities Program
The Communities Program supports programs and policies that assist Chicago area individuals and families challenged by economic disparities, with a focus on the south and west sides of the city. Support of these efforts are funded through the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and its endowment, as well as through partnerships with sports teams and philanthropic organizations. To maximize grant impact, the Communities Program focuses its resources on programs and policies for children, youth, families and adults in the areas of:
Health and Wellness
Jobs and Economic Opportunity
Opportunity: Grantmaking Intern
The Communities Program is looking for two recent college graduates or current graduate students with an understanding of and interest in the sector – specifically philanthropy at the intersection with racial/ethnic equity through community-led, data-informed and systems change strategies addressing the disparities faced across families and communities. Over the course of the internship, Grantmaking Interns will be exposed to a variety of projects associated with the Communities Program’s processes, operations, and strategies within a community networks, place-based and systems-change framework.
Grantmaking Interns will evaluate grant proposal requests; attend site visits at organizations seeking support and make full-team presentations; complete grant write-ups and related research; and build relationships with community-based, cross-sector practitioners and business partners. The ideal candidates are detailed-oriented, creative, and open-minded with excellent communications and evaluation skills. Interns report to the Senior Program Officer, and Program Officer, respectively. This is a full-time, six-month internship beginning in June 2019.
Grant Evaluation and Write-Ups
Prepare written evaluations on assigned grant recommendations
Train on grants database (Blackbaud GIFTS), grant evaluation templates and related domains
Attend grantmaking skills training, as needed, to master grant evaluation process
Site Visits and Staff Presentations
Accompany team members on site visits at organizations to review current grant applications and monitor progress/learnings on previously funded programs or initiatives
Collaborate with team members to prepare and present relevant data, strengths and challenges, and funding recommendations
Support due diligence follow-ups, as needed, to complete data gathering
Assist with program-related data gathering in place-based or other target community areas (i.e. assets, disparities, investments, opportunities)
Prepare background research briefs on organizations and initiatives of interest for potential funding consideration
Assist with research projects that inform grantmaking strategies (i.e. next phases of the Entrepreneurship Initiative or the Suburban Grants Strategy, etc.), including public policy initiatives that connect to our three issue areas
Lead or assist staff on work with a Community Networks logic model
Design communications and marketing materials for the Communities Program, often in collaboration with the Communications Department (i.e. assist with collateral materials for the website or on place-based, networks and systems change strategies)
Keep informed about issues and trends within funding categories, establish contact with local and national organizations working in those areas, and participate in and create relationships with appropriate networks
Assist staff with one of two placed-based initiatives in the Englewood and/or Little Village (South Lawndale) communities, including accompanying staff to related place-based meetings
Attend weekly Communities Program staff meetings and other all-staff meetings
Meet key leaders, related sector practitioners, and business partner representatives aligned with assigned tasks and projects
Attend events and other activities that contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Foundation (i.e. United Way Neighborhood Networks meetings)
Recent college graduate or currently enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program in nonprofit management, public policy, journalism, communications, social work (including education, community health, workforce/economic development) or other related fields with a strong interest in community engagement, collective impact and philanthropy
Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills and an effective communicator with diverse constituencies in a variety of settings
Outstanding project management skills and attention to detail
Task-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful
Adaptability and flexibility in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with the ability to work independently
Excellent computer skills and comfort with MS Office Suite, database experience preferred
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission
All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
To apply: submit a resume and cover letter online here.
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.