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assistant director, donor relations - special olympics illinois

Salary Range:  $55,000-$60,000


Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. As a part of the Special Olympics Illinois team, you’ll join an energetic and hard-working group of individuals committed to transforming the lives of those we serve.


Position Overview

Special Olympics Illinois is actively recruiting for the role of Assistant Director, Donor Relations. An integral part of the Development team, this position creates, implements, manages, and assesses a comprehensive donor relations plan to assist the organization in reaching its strategic fundraising goals. This individual ensures effective and timely acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of donors. The role requires excellent collaborative skills, requiring work with fundraising staff and a variety of partners across the organization. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Donor Relations & Stewardship Administration  50%

  1. Work with Senior Director to identify information needs; participate in discussions related to fundraising planning with annual giving, major giving, funding campaigns, volunteer services and auxiliaries
  2. Help develop, implement and launch a formal donor recognition program to advance donor engagement, cultivation, and stewardship of gifts at all levels
  3. Prepare and develop communications to donors that demonstrate gratitude and share the impact of their investment, including written reports, videos, and acknowledgement letters
  4. Exhibit excellent customer service as the first point of contact for donor inquiries
  5. Track donor engagement closely and manage up to senior staff to ensure best-in-class donor stewardship
  6. Collaborate with Senior Director to create and direct retention strategies for lapsed donors and new first-time donors
  7. Provide administrative support and oversight of key stewardship duties, such as the Annual Giving Society
  8. Integrate into a relationship-based culture by attending Special Olympics Illinois activities and events, and cultivating a small volume of donors who require limited engagement

Database Administration    30%

  1. Identify key prospects, manage prospect research, and prioritize them for pipeline building
  2. Develop policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and quality of constituent information
  3. Alongside the Director of Technology, provide internal support to all database users, including training and troubleshooting
  4. In conjunction with IT, establish strategies and plans for the maintenance, use and development of new technologies and systems that will directly benefit the users and programs of the Development Department
  5. Analyze data standards and procedures for the department’s donor management software, including Salesforce, Classy, and other event giving management software
  6. Ensure that information discovered through research is properly maintained and documented in the donor database

Gift Administration & Reporting    20%

  1. Direct the production of all gift receipts and donor acknowledgments, ensuring they are sent in a timely manner
  2. Use donor database to manage donor accounts, confirm gifts, and support other database maintenance to ensure donor needs are met and data integrity is maintained
  3. Administers matching gift processing, serving as primary point of contact for matching gift accounts
  4. Serve as the liaison to the Finance Department as related to constituent and gift data entry and integrity
  5. Ensure proper classification and use of campaigns and coding with CRM database to track, analyze, and report on performance based off evaluation metrics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college/university 
  • 3+ years experience managing systems and support for development programs
  • Experience working with relational databases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer fluency in MS Office; knowledgeable about the role technology plays in fundraising 
  • A constant learner who is interested in being a proactive, positive member of the team


Work Schedule & Requirements

  • Located at the Special Olympics Illinois State Headquarters in Normal, IL
  • Reports to Senior Director, Development
  • Monday through Friday with frequent/occasional evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Independent in-state travel frequently/occasionally required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an essential function of position
  • Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in setup and breakdown at events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles
  • Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; requires a good deal of walking, standing, and/or sitting with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls; includes sedentary work
  • Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles
  • First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required or willing to obtain within the first six months; must be able and willing to effectively administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a background check


Special Olympics Illinois is committed to building a diverse, creative, engaged, collaborative, and hard-working team that is dedicated to our athletes, our communities, and each other. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we aim to create a positive atmosphere where employees feel valued and fulfilled. We truly want people to love working here, and we strive to create a culture that allows for growth, opportunity, and fun.

Special Olympics Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

director of development - university of illinois, springfield

Salary Range:  $75,000-$90,000

Job Summary
Representative who plans strategies and actively seeks major gifts for the benefit of the
University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). The position's emphasis is on identification,
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors and prospects. The individual is
expected to develop and manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects and have 15 or
more face-to-face donor visits or other significant donor contacts per month.
Duties and Responsibilities
 Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship activities for major gift
prospects and donors in collaboration with UIF and the colleges and units of UIS, and
serve as prospect manager and solicitor for major donor prospects with giving potential
of $25,000 or more, coordinating all activities associated with securing and stewarding
major gift commitments. (25%)
 Travel to local and regional territories to develop working relationships with high-end
prospective donors; some travel will be in conjunction with that of the UIS Vice
Chancellor for Advancement/UIF Senior Vice President and/or the UIS Chancellor.
 Provide development leadership and plan and execute fundraising plans for assigned
college(s), units and departments of UIS (likely CHST for this position), coordinating
plans in conjunction with deans, chairs and directors. Participate in high-level
volunteer or advisory board, when requested. (10%)
 Track development activity and donor interactions within the UIF fundraising database
and collaborate with Prospect Development for portfolio management. (10%)
 Assist in directing capital and comprehensive campaigns of UIF and the UIS campus.
 Execute successful corporate and foundation donor relations activities, including gift
development, with high-ranking executives. (5%)
 With assistance from UIF, prepare high-level funding proposals, donor correspondence
and other written materials.
 Assist with and participate in donor/prospect activities including special events and
campus visits. (5%)
 Maintain current knowledge and practices of development in major gifts and planned
giving areas. (5%)
 Participate in the UIS Advancement Council and serve as liaison to the other councils,
boards and groups as requested to enhance the overall development effort. (5%)
 Other duties as assigned. (5%)
Minimum Qualifications 1. Bachelor’s degree
2. Five (5) or more years of combined professional
experience in alumni relations, development,
fundraising, general management, or marketing.
Preferred Qualifications 1. Master’s degree
2. Demonstrated professional experience in higher
education or other nonprofit environment.
3. Willingness and ability to assume responsibility for
high-level projects as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
 Excellent written and oral communication skills
 Computer usage, including word processing and use of data/information base systems
 Ability to work within a fast-paced, team environment
Travel Requirements
Day and overnight travel is expected (40%)
Additional Responsibilities
This job description reflects the general nature and level of work performed by employees
within this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory
of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Nothing restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job
at any time. All employees are required to complete mandatory training by established
deadlines (including, but not limited to, annual ethics training and sexual harassment training).

CEO - Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

Salary Range: $150,000+

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois announces a search partnership with Evergreen Executive Source, LLC to identify candidates and advise on the selection of a new CEO. Evergreen is a retained search firm with depth of experience in nonprofit executive sourcing and selection, and has conducted searches nationwide for over a decade serving the interests of Girl Scout councils across the entire country. All information provided to Evergreen will be treated with the utmost courtesy and confidentiality.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is the preeminent girl-focused leadership development organization serving 38 counties across Central Illinois. The Council offers every girl a chance to prepare for a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success, with a membership of nearly 7,200 girls, more than 1,600 valued adult volunteers, and a staff of 54. The Council has an annual operating budget of $6.1 million, and operates a service center/Council Headquarters in Springfield, three additional service centers, a program center, and three camps. While participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl Scouts gain important skills in four areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship. All Girl Scout programs and activities are designed to challenge and prepare girls for a future of leadership and achievement.
The CEO will act in partnership with the Board of Directors to enhance the outcomes of all council functions. The CEO will direct the organization’s strategic plan through the formulation and implementation of short to long-range strategic objectives and actions needed to achieve the Council’s goals. The new CEO will inspire, align, and lead a high performing team, ensuring that diversity is a core value within the Council’s activities and functions, promoting opportunities for participation in every aspect of Girl Scouting.
Responsible for stewardship of the Council’s human, material and fiscal assets, the CEO provides oversight for policies and practices that enhance the participation of members and leverage the roles of staff and volunteers to effectively engage girls, families, communities, and volunteers in the Council’s large service area. The CEO’s important outward-facing responsibilities are to expand the Council’s visibility and create opportunities for significant strategic partnerships and financial support by ensuring that investing in girls is a priority. The CEO will build relationships with corporate, nonprofit, government, and funding communities by representing the Council at strategic functions and influential speaking opportunities. The CEO also interacts with council members by traveling throughout the entire geographic area and attending events and programs, which may occur during evening and weekend hours.
The CEO will provide visionary leadership to accomplish the following:
 Improve membership growth and retention (both girls and volunteers).
 Lead vision and progress for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
 Increase community partnerships and engagement across our geographical region.
 Diversify revenue to be less reliant on annual cookie sales.
 Build, engage, and retain a talented team of staff.
 Lead the development of a new strategic plan and long-range property plan.
The ideal candidate will possess an outstanding dedication to the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on youth-serving programs. In addition, this individual’s strengths will include broad-based business skills with a minimum of 10 years’ progressive experience in leadership and management. The new CEO will have demonstrated ability in fundraising and/or direct sales skills and experience, and fiscal management of significant budgets demonstrating the ability to manage the Council’s budget. The ability to model leadership skills in the management and development of paid staff and volunteer leaders is essential.
The CEO will be a person of strong ideals and integrity who has a combination of vision, strategic, and operational planning abilities to lead the Council. The CEO will possess a style of leadership that is transparent, embraces partnerships, is collaborative, and empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential, all the while satisfying accountability measures mutually agreed upon by the CEO and the Board. The CEO will be recognized as a community and business leader in the region, or have the personal and executive presence to achieve this quickly after appointment. It is essential that the CEO have a strong commitment to serving girls from all family, community, and economic backgrounds. We are seeking an individual who will bring optimism, collaboration, and solutions to the role of CEO.
Additional desired qualifications include nonprofit board relations, marketing, financial acumen, and volunteer relations leadership. The CEO is expected to possess a minimum of an earned bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferred.
Skilled executives from the world of Girl Scouting, corporate, nonprofit, or other professional backgrounds who are dedicated to providing world-class development opportunities for the young women and girls in Central Illinois are encouraged to apply. If this is your background, and you share a passion for advancing the lives of girls in this service area, we want to speak with you.
The Council offers a competitive compensation and benefits plan with annual pay commensurate with experience. It provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, AD&D, and life insurance, as well as a 403 (b) Plan, a Health Savings Account, and a Dependent Care Flexible Savings Account. Other features include Pre-paid Legal Assistance and an Employee Assistance Program and attractive personal time off. Benefits are subject to change at the discretion of the Council. Relocation support will be considered.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is an equal opportunity employer.
We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible to accommodate the Council’s need to fill this
important position. For consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to:
Bob Perodeau, Principal
Evergreen Executive Source, LLC
Voice (800) 286 4009
Providing executive recruiting services to Girl Scouts of the USA since 2001

Foundation Database Analyst – ICC Educational Foundation

Salary: $49,853.48 – $57,331.50 Annually


EEO Statement

Illinois Central College provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, order of protection status, use of VESSA rights, genetic information, military or veteran status (including discharge status), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


This position supports the overall health and well-being of the ICC Educational Foundation, as it manages the Foundation’s donor database. The Foundation Database Analyst performs general and confidential duties including data and accounting processing, preparing and maintaining records, and managing deposits and expenditures for a $32+ million portfolio. The Analyst serves as a highly visible team member to identify, gather, produce, and present strategic prospect information on corporations, foundations, and individuals from a wide variety of sources as they relate to philanthropic capacity and inclination.  Requires a friendly, pleasant personality, diplomacy and tact, the ability to maintain confidentiality, work independently, prioritize, and organize, and the capacity to complete tasks with limited oversight and independent judgment.

Essential Functions

This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Responsible for utilization of the College’s fundraising management software, including database management and reporting, security and integrity, and supporting staff on the use of the software and data.

  • Provide day-to-day maintenance of constituent, event and financial records for the ICC Educational Foundation through database maintenance, data entry, and general bookkeeping of departmental accounts and funds.

  • Manage and coordinate general accounting and financial analysis for the Foundation.

  • Designs and leads a prospect research management program to provide information facilitating the solicitation of corporations, foundations and individuals.

  • Oversees extraction of information from database to meet reporting and research needs of the Foundation team, including dashboard development and management.

  • Process donations and reconcile accounts using ICC accounting standards, while ensuring adherence to Foundation policies, procedures and internal controls. Provide relevant statements, queries and reports to stakeholders.

  • Ensures compliance with industry standards and guidelines, including filing appropriate paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service, state of Illinois and as needed for the annual audit.

  • Research and manage alumni records in coordination with Foundation staff to identify and track prospects for alumni relations marketing and solicitation.

  • Participates in the ICC Educational Foundation Board of Directors meetings, including the finance committee meetings.

  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities. 

  • Associate degree required or three years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting, fundraising or related field.

  • One or more years’ experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT donor software or equivalent.

  • General proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to work effectively as a team leader, as well as independently; ability to train staff.

  • Self-starter with strong organization and prioritization skills, including the ability to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to anticipate needs, see opportunities, and use good judgement in dealing with confidential information.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationships with others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in business, accounting, finance or related field.
  • Experience in a non-profit foundation or organization, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience with general fundraising principles and practices. Support and understand development process: identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Learn more here!