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Senior Writer

Social Capital
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 8, 2023
Leading national fundraising agency, Social Capital, is seeking an independent contractor to serve as a senior writer with experience in nonprofit communications to develop a wide range of fundraising and marketing-related products and tools. 

The Senior Writer will be responsible for writing fundraising materials including cases for support, long-form grant proposals, PowerPoint presentations, stewardship reports, sales sheets, and seven-figure proposals for a range of donor audiences (corporate, foundation, individual/consumer).

A demonstrated commitment to strengths-based messaging and experience in equity-centered storytelling are required for this position.


  • Write cases for support, both PowerPoint and narrative documents, for an array of non-profit organizations; using strengths-based messaging; synthesizing key organizational strategies and leveraging the power of storytelling to advance sustainable fundraising.
  • Craft donor proposals and stewardship reports for non-profit clients, working alongside Social Capital strategists and designers to deliver best-in-class fundraising materials in a timely manner.
  • Draft partnership pitches and sales materials, in particular PowerPoint presentations, by working with clients, Social Capital strategists, writing and design team members to create a final product on designated timelines
  • Draft fundraising collateral including sales sheets, toolkits, and case statements, working in tandem with Social Capital strategists and design staff.
  • Serve as primary editor/reviewer on fundraising materials for assigned portfolio of clients and as needed in support of Social Capital strategists.
  • Support as needed on partner recognition best practices, pipeline development and follow up, and general donor research based on identified criteria
  • Manage creative services to coordinate writing and design staff assignments against project deadlines
  • Participate in client meetings via phone and in-person with Senior and Chief Strategists
  • Manage the workflow of products and deliverables for clients in conjunction with Senior and Chief Strategists to ensure project deadlines are met
  • Support Social Capital business development, preparing proposals for renewals and new client projects and track proposal activity
  • Support Social Capital marketing and conference efforts including preparing content and marketing related materials as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 to 5+ years’ experience writing philanthropic communications
  • Demonstrated experience in strengths-based messaging and equity-centered communications, including storytelling
  • Excellent writing and editing skills including the ability to write in a range of voices and styles for varied projects with diverse audiences
  • Able to translate complex information into clear, jargon-free language that conveys key messages and impact
  • Able to quickly synthesize complex information
  • Collegial team player able to work well with diverse constituencies
  • Flexible, responsive, and able to balance a variety of activities while meeting deadlines
  • Fluency in digital communications
  • Experience in branding work a plus 
Skills Required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to work collaboratively with team members on deadline
  • Strong verbal and communication skills, including writing and proofing abilities
  • Proactive project management
  • Creative thinking
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, particularly with PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel on occasion
Reports to: Chief Strategist

Staff Reporting to this position: None

Location: Flexible  

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