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Individual Giving Director

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
Illinois, United States
$80,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

Organizational Overview:

Since being founded locally in 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 15,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish with children in all 102 counties across the state.

A wish can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness. This belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish. It inspires us to grant life-changing wishes for children going through so much.

Life-changing wish journeys are made possible by dedicated staff and volunteers who fulfill the work of our mission, helping children discover, create, fulfill and experience the lasting impact of their most heartfelt wish.

Job Summary: 

Responsible for the oversight and direction of the Individual Giving program (including major gifts, annual fund, community-based fundraising, and planned giving). Develops programmatic solutions to support the Fund Development Strategy. Manages a team of gift officers in pursuit of increasing revenue in an efficient and sustainable manner. Independently develops and manages a portfolio of potential high-impact donors. 


Major Responsibilities: 

  • Implements strategy through setting the programming and direction of individual giving areas.  Conducts analysis and assesses performance to identify opportunities and inform the strategic plan. 
  • Independently manages a complex portfolio of 75 or more prospective donors at various stages of cultivation towards solicitation. 
  • Develops and manages relationships with new and existing individual donors, as well as individual family foundations.   
  • Leads and manages a team of individual giving officers towards the successful achievement of revenue goals. 
  • Practices moves management to advance prospects towards solicitation and to continually replenish the individual donor pipeline. 
  • Uses existing systems and processes to track donor/prospect activity and establishes shared accountability for the Individual Giving team to utilize systems. 
  • Directs the implementation of national individual giving programs and works collaboratively with Make-A-Wish America on national programs that can benefit the Illinois chapter. 
  • Develops and leads the activities of donor affinity groups such as the Women’s Network. 
  • Works directly with Board members to support sponsorship and peer fundraising initiatives. 
  • Ensures compliance with all related national and local policies. 
  • Represents the Foundation at fundraising events. 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned. 

Preferred Skills & Abilities: 

  • Proven record of successful fundraising solicitations and goal attainment 
  • Ability to lead a team toward the achievement of goals 
  • Strong leadership and relationship building skills 
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills 
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge or other CRM software (preferred) 

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • 5 or more years development/fundraising experience—must have proficiency in annual fund and major gift work  
  • 3 or more years team management experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree  

Important Note:

To protect the health and safety of our community, employees, guests and their families, Make-A-Wish Illinois is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of that status to maintain employment. Make-A-Wish Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and reasonable accommodations will be provided based on religious beliefs and to those with disabilities.


Make-A-Wish Illinois offers full-time employees a generous benefits package which includes:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • Life and Disability Insurance Options
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Time
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Hybrid Workplace
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Network

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