Serving more than 5,000 singers from all 57 Chicago zip codes, Chicago Children's Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. What began in 1956 as a small choir in Hyde Park fostering interracial understanding during the civil rights movement has grown into one of Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organizations. This $5M non-profit consists of a network of 140+ choirs whose singers are empowered to bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in over 90 Chicago schools, 11 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices called DiMension and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children's Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city. CCC is proud to provide access, with 85% of participants paying less than $50 for a year of programming. CCC is a civic treasure and a model of urban music education. In addition to numerous self-produced concerts and collaborative efforts with Chicago’s finest cultural institutions and as a result of its commitment to achieving intercultural understanding, CCC undertakes approximately 5 domestic tours annually featuring singers from the Neighborhood Choir Program and DiMension and an international tour featuring singers from Voice of Chicago.
Serving as a member of CCC’s development staff, the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager will work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to grow CCC’s portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government funders by researching new funding opportunities, preparing proposal and report materials, and stewarding relationships with foundation and corporate contacts.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Advancement, write and edit grant proposals and reports for submission to corporations, foundations, and government sources.
Develop customized sponsorship materials for current and prospective corporate funders, both for fundraising events and CCC concerts and programs.
Collect program and financial information for proposals and reports in partnership with select program staff and CCC’s Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
Draft development-related emails for Director of Institutional Advancement, as needed.
With Director of Institutional Advancement, ensure that all deadlines are tracked and met in a timely manner.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date information on CCC’s corporate, foundation, and government relationships in Raiser’s Edge, including action history; oversee the process of filling grant agreements and correspondences in CCC’s electronic files.
Cultivation and Stewardship
Develop preparatory and follow-up materials for site visits and meetings with program officers. Attend these meetings, as requested.
With Director of Institutional Advancement, develop and implement a stewardship plan for institutional funders.
Track sponsorship benefits for all corporate funders and ensure that requirements are met.
Identify potential grant-makers for annual and multi-year support through online and printed resources. Develop prospect profiles, as needed.
Research corporate entities for sponsorship opportunities for CCC programs and concerts. Develop prospect profiles, as needed.
Develop giving history reports for Director of Institutional Advancement, as needed.
Draft copy for other development communications, including newsletters and the annual report.
Attend events hosted by corporate partners and other philanthropic entities.
Attend CCC concerts and fundraising events.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
B.A. degree required
3-5 years professional experience in a non-profit setting, with at least 3 years professional experience in development or marketing
Excellent oral presentation and writing skills. Strong communicator who can tailor CCC’s case for support to a variety of funding audiences.
Team player who is motivated to augment the efforts of the organization in general and the development department specifically.
Experience with prospect/donor management fundraising software applications a plus.
Flexibility to work after regular office hours for concerts and events.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including paid vacation, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as tax-deferred retirement plan.
About Chicago Children's Choir
Founded in 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago Children's Choir is the nation’s largest youth choral music education organization. It currently serves over 2,700 children, ages 8 to 18 through choirs in 46 schools, after-school programs in eight Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Singers are racially and culturally diverse, with 75% from low-income households, representing almost every zip code in Chicago. With an incredible breadth of repertoire, the Choir performs throughout the city, nation and world, collaborating regularly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival and Millennium Park.