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Associate - Fund Development

Chicago, IL, USA


Blessings in a Backpack (Blessings) mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Each week of the school year, Blessings and its thousands of volunteers and partners send a bag of food home with children who, during the week, are fed by the free and reduced- price meal program.

During the 2019-2020 school year, approximately 88,000 children at over 1,000 schools across the country received a bag of weekend nutrition from Blessings in a Backpack each week.


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Associate, Fund Development is responsible for organizing and executing the fundraising efforts for the organization. The position will help to develop fundraising strategies & implement key tracking methodologies to assist in streamlining the donor moves management process. Additionally, the position works with the Chapter and volunteer support services teams to support implementation of the fundraising strategy in their markets.

While the preference is that this position works from the Chicago office, this can be a remote position located in any geographic area within the country.


Areas of Responsibility: 



With a focus on helping to increase and optimize Blessings in a Backpack’s fundraising revenue streams, key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive donor tracking system (outside of Raiser’s Edge) that will incorporate all aspects of a current or prospective relationship.

  • Conduct all prospect/donor research for the organization to help identify new revenue sources. This includes but not limited to Foundations, Corporations and Major Gift prospects.

  • In partnership with Marketing & the Financial Analysis and Accounting, manage all aspects of the National office stewardship process. This includes tracking all donors against the stewardship matrix to ensure benefits are being met.

  • In partnership with the Chapter Managing Directors, create a template stewardship toolkit that will mirror the National office matrix.

  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, work on initiatives to expand and personalize the stewardship process.

  • Manage the E-News, Annual Report & holiday card processes for the National Fund Development team.

  • Assist the Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations with grant writing applications and tracking of submissions.

  • Assist in overseeing the logistics of employee engagement and packing events.

  • Provide Chapters with event logistics support when needed.

  • Serve as Marketing liaison for the Fund Development Team on key initiatives which

    includes creating new collateral to be used for the donor cultivation and stewardship.

  • As needed, help to prepare briefing documents or presentations for the Chief

    Development Officer.

  • Assist the Chief Development Officer with donor analysis and revenue reporting,

    projections and other dashboards as needed.

  • Identify team training opportunities and best practices.

  • Manage all miscellaneous tasks and projects for the Fund Development team.

  • Maintain donor records, notes and action items in Raiser’s Edge/NXT.

  • Stay apprised of advancements and changes pertinent to fundraising and the

    development professions overall.


Educational Background: 
Bachelor's Degree



    The ideal candidate will be a proactive leader and strategic thinker with a proven track record in fundraising and donor relationship management. Basic qualifications include:

  • Minimum three years of fund development experience.

  • Ability to project manage in scenarios where there are multiple stakeholders and


  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and communications skills, both written and


  • Demonstrated commitment to accountability, measuring outcomes, and a results-

    oriented culture with the ability to gather and analyze data.

  • Desire to make an impact on the lives of food insecure children in at fast-paced,

    entrepreneurial environment.

  • Knowledge of donor databases and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs with strong

    Excel skills.

  • Experience working with grant writing databases.

  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects while maintaining attention to detail.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, diplomacy, and the ability to honor


  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people.

  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and a positive attitude.

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to travel nationally or regionally as needed, approximately 4-6 times per year.


  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge donor database.

  • Ability to work some evening/weekend events.

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.





    Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Winter Break, Summer Fridays, FSA Plan, 403(b) Plan

  • It is our policy as an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer to provide equal opportunity to all qualified persons and to administer all aspects and conditions of employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military service in employment, marital status, genetic information, parental status, pregnancy, and/or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state , and local laws.

Additional Information: 

The preferred location for the position is Chicago, Illinois; however this can be a remote position located in any geographic area within the United States.

Relocation assistance is not available.

Cover letter and resume should be sent to [email protected].

Organization Info

Blessings in a Backpack

Louisville, KY, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us

Blessings in a Backpack (Blessings) mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry .


Each week of the school year, Blessings and its thousands of volunteers and partners send a bag of food home with children who, during the week are fed by free and reduced -price meal program.

Blessings in a Backpack started with just two schools in 2005 and now serves 88,900 students in 1092 schools spread throughout 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Awards & Accolades: 
Guide Star - Seal of Transparency - Platinum
Charity Navigator - Four Star Charity
Why Work For Us?: 

We are looking for individuals who are interested in building their careers around ensuring kids facing food insecurity have access to satisfying, nutritional weekend nutrition.

The Blessings teams offers diverse work styles and experiences, and all team members strive to EMPOWER all those around us; VALUE our heritage, while ENCOURAGING growth and diversity; and always SUPPORT and RESPECT all relationships with open communication.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 11 2021
Active Until: 
Dec 10 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Blessings in a Backpack