• Annual Giving Manager

    Location US-IL-Chicago
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    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
  • Overview

    The Annual Giving Manager is responsible for managing multiple projects and processes related to securing individual gifts. Specifically, this position drives the planning and execution of direct response mail and online appeal programs, which includes managing vendors and coordinating productive collaboration among the Food Depository’s Individual Giving Team and other departmental teams. The Annual Giving Manager also supports the Director of Annual Giving in developing and implementing an overall annual giving strategy, with a special focus on expanding the annual fund program while managing a revenue goal of 7 million out of a 20 million dollar individual giving revenue goal.


    Manage the direct response mail and digital solicitation program to build a broad base of support from individual donors through the acquisition, cultivation, and renewal of prospects. 

    • Coordinate with direct response vendors to plan, implement, and assess all direct response campaigns

    • Facilitate communication and workflow process management with Individual Giving Team, Communications/Marketing team, and Donor Services team.

    • Serve as the primary contact with direct response vendor(s).
    • Manage new donor welcome process and respond to donor inquiries.
    • Oversee creation of reports to analyze and evaluate direct response efforts.

    Support Director of Annual Giving in growing and managing annual fund program for donors $1,000 to $9,999 in conjunction with other development team members.

    • Drive strategies to obtain and act upon donor input, such as giving and contact preferences; manage annual donor survey.
    • Support Director of Annual Giving in writing proposals and stewardship reports to mid-level donors as needed.
    • Facilitate tours at GCFD/offsite to all donor levels as needed.
    • Support mid-level donor outreach, including managing a portfolio of approximately 50-75 donors.

    Collaborate with Cultivation/Stewardship Manager and Corporate/Foundation Outreach (CFO) team members to plan and execute corporate Workplace/Employee giving program of donors at all levels with the CFO team.

    • Collaborate on the development of campaign materials.
    • Establish and maintain prospect list and track progress.
    • Coordinate with Cultivation and Stewardship Manager on donor cultivation and stewardship activities.

    Support the Vice President of Development, Director of Individual Giving and other members of the team in identification and cultivation of donors at all levels.  Conduct basic prospect research on donors, as needed, to help qualify them for portfolio assignment.


    • Bachelor’s degree and three years of fundraising experience required managing annual fund development efforts. Experience with high volume, complex direct response fundraising a plus.
    • Demonstrated success in managing multiple, complex projects simultaneously, including driving processes from planning and implementation to analysis and follow-up.
    • Experience creating and monitoring project-specific budgets.
    • Advanced computer skills including all Microsoft Office Suite programs and Skype. Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge, Convio, and Basecamp a plus.
    • Experience writing/editing direct mail and digital appeals and donor communications.
    • Previous experience managing external vendors including leading virtual meetings and coordinating internal approval processes.


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