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Philanthropy Officer

Uniting Voices Chicago
Illinois, United States
$75,000.00 - $85,000.00
Closing date
Mar 2, 2024


Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) is a non-profit organization that empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity through the power of music. Founded at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement on the South side of Chicago, the organization has grown from one choir to a vast network of school-based and after-school programs serving thousands of youth ages 6 through 18 from every zip code of Chicago. 

Uniting Voices is a civic treasure and model for culturally responsive music education. Since 1956, the organization has built programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. 80% of the youth it serves are from low to moderate income households and the vast majority of students participate free of charge. High school seniors enrolled in Uniting Voices Chicago programs have a 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rate, and go on to become global ambassadors who embody the core values of education, expression and excellence in a wide array of professional fields. As a national and international touring ensemble, Uniting Voices has performed for dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and former Chinese President Hu Jintao and with artists such as Karol G, Chance the Rapper, Bobby McFerrin, Common, Yo-Yo Ma, and Andrea Bocelli


Position Description

A member of Uniting Voices Chicago’s Development team, the Philanthropy Officer will nurture and grow relationships with individual donors and institutional partners, as well as seek and cultivate new potential funders. This position is responsible for creating and implementing a relational fundraising strategy to expand the individual and institutional giving donor segments to help meet the organization’s strategic growth goals (15%) by the end of fiscal year 2027. This role will also serve as staff liaison to the Ambassadors Board, and will play a key role in supporting special fundraising initiatives and other activities as needed. Reporting to the Vice President, Development, the Philanthropy Officer works closely with the Senior Manager, Donor Services on prospecting and reporting, and participates in regular cross-departmental collaboration on donor engagement, communications strategy and grant management. 


    Serve as a key solicitor for the organization, managing a diverse portfolio of individual and institutional donors/prospects, and helping them accomplish their philanthropic goals/priorities through commitments to Uniting Voices
      Develop and execute rigorous and dynamic outreach and stewardship strategy that  includes emails, phone calls, in-person meetings, site-visits, and personalized letters Build innovative partnerships that maximize engagement, affinity and advocacy Track and report on all activities (e.g., prospects identified, face-to-face visits, solicitations made, etc.) using the organization’s CRM (Salesforce). Set annual goals for prospect engagement and portfolio members
    Act as liaison to the Ambassadors Board, the organization’s emerging philanthropic leaders, and guide annual strategy Work closely with the President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Development on comprehensive solicitations Participate in the Development Committee of the Board of Directors as needed Attend external events and represent Uniting Voices with community stakeholders and donors/supporters 



Ideal candidates for the Philanthropy Officer role will possess the following skills and


    Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent work experience 6+ years professional development experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated advancement in responsibilities   Direct experience successfully soliciting, closing, and stewarding mid-level gifts Excellent oral presentation, writing, relationship-building, and listening skills   Strong administrative and organizational skills, with the ability to multitask, set goals, and prioritize workload Experience with CRM applications/fundraising software Flexibility to work after regular office hours for rehearsals, concerts and events, as needed Passion for the mission to inspire and change lives through music

OTR” Life Experience: We know that many of your most character-building experiences -- where resilience, grit and grace were required to persevere -- do not show up neatly on a resume. So, we want to hear some of those “OTR” (“off the resume”) moments for you. In order to be on the Uniting Voices team, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is not a’s a must. So, show us your EQ.


What it’s Like to Work at Uniting Voices: Sincerely, we’re a family. We get it done while having fun. We’re all working toward a colorful, peaceful and equitable future - and that feels good. We share a passion for music and the vast potential of young people. 

In addition to work you can believe in, Uniting Voices offers the following perks:

    Unlimited paid time off, including 8 state holidays and company-wide two week winter break. Half-day Fridays out of respect for the work we do on evenings and weekends. An array of health insurance options with generous subsidy of premiums. We also offer vision, dental, short and long-term disability insurance and life insurance. A retirement plan with matched contributions up to 3% after a year of employment. We’re invested in your future! A pre-tax commuter program that allows you to save on public transportation and parking.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to, with the job title in the subject line. 


Uniting Voices is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to all employees, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, age, medical condition, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.

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