Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) seeks a dynamic, organized, and effective fundraiser to champion the organization’s individual giving initiatives. The successful candidate must have the ability to establish and nurture relationships with major donors, interact with community leaders, key partners, all levels of staff, volunteers and Board members. This individual will possess a demonstrated ability to think strategically about relationships with donors/prospects and communicate the organizational mission in ways that are exciting and enticing to supporters.
Actively work with the Chief Development Officer and Chief Executive Officer to develop and implement a comprehensive Major Gifts strategy to include individual annual giving, major gifts and planned/estate gifts
Meet or exceed annual financial goals as collectively established by the Chief Development Officer and Leadership Team
Develop the process and strategy in identifying high net worth prospects from a variety of sources (present donation data, existing relationships, knowledge held at the local level, etc.) in order to establish a prioritized pool of new individuals capable of making a significant gift to the Special Olympics movement
Play a lead role in creating opportunities to more deeply engage and educate potential donors in the work of Special Olympics Illinois
Provide regular reporting on outreach efforts to assigned donors/prospects to continually monitor progress, adjust plans, and capitalize on new stewardship/cultivation opportunities
Pitch and execute cultivation events in key donor markets to attract new prospects and further engage individuals within the movement
Expand and diversify Special Olympics Illinois donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives
Develop, implement, and educate organization on Major Gifts Program
Implement a Moves Management Program, building a portfolio of 150 prospective donors, and averaging 15-20 significant personal visits or calls per month
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
5+ years of professional experience in fundraising, individual giving, and/or major gifts cultivation, with demonstrated results in meeting and/or exceeding revenue goals
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Board members, leadership, across departments and with counterparts to effectively cultivate donors and prospects
High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission
Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic Major Gifts plan
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a diverse range of constituents and build long-term relationships
Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time
Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
Computer fluency in MS Office and CRM experience (Salesforce preferred); knowledgeable about the role technology plays in fundraising
Additional Salary Information: Excellent medical, dental, vision, and disability benefits; 401(k) retirement plan with organizational matching contributions
Internal Number: 1017
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 23,000 athletes, 48,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 11 Regional programs in all 102 counties of the state.
Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.
Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intell...ectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
23,083 athletes (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities
19,631 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities
48,300 volunteers and coaches
201 competitions each year
18 Olympic-type sports
Programs in 11 Regions, each supported with a team of staff and a volunteer committee
Dynamic sports and corporate partnerships
REAL SPORTS: Deliver high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates achievement.
ATHLETE HEALTH: Promote the overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities via programs that ensure ongoing access to quality, community-based health care services, highlighted by free health screenings at Special Olympics competitions, games and other venues.
TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION: Equip young people and adult influencers with effective tools and training to create sports, classrooms and community actions that produce friendships and acceptance, driving positive attitude and behavioral change.
BUILD COMMUNITIES: Marshal resources, implement diverse programming and act as a convening power of stakeholders to drive positive attitudinal and behavioral change toward people with intellectual disabilities in communities statewide, strengthening the fabric of society