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Executive Director

A Silver Lining Foundation is a nonprofit organization, founded 22 years ago to provide access to cost-free breast health testing for women and men who are uninsured, underinsured or otherwise ineligible for other breast-health testing programs.  Through its signature “Buy A Mom A Mammogram” program, the foundation has funded nearly 30-thousand mammograms and diagnostic tests, saving lives in the process.  The foundation has grown to include a network of 18 partner hospitals in northern Illinois.   A Silver Lining Foundation is founded on the value “We are all family, and we have to help each other through the tough times.”   The foundation’s website can be found here:

As Executive Director of A Silver Lining Foundation, you will be responsible for the development of new funding and community engagement, maintaining a positive public image, and effectively communicating the organization's mission and goals. Your responsibilities will include building and managing relationships with donors, board members, and other stakeholders, as well as actively participating in fundraising activities at organization and third-party events, donor-invited events, and outreach events.


  • Fundraising Leadership: Develop and implement fundraising strategies to grow revenues, ensuring the organization has the necessary resources to achieve its goals. Directly participate in fundraising activities, including events and outreach efforts.
  • Grant Writing: Oversee the application process for financial grants given to nonprofit organizations.
  • Relationship Building: Create new donor relationships and manage and maintain relationships with existing donors, board members, and other stakeholders.
  • Communication: Effectively communicate the organization's mission and goals to various stakeholders which includes donors, beneficiaries, staff, board of directors and 18 partner hospitals.
  • Financial Knowledge: Understand the organization's financial needs, maintain fundraising records, and have knowledge of invoices and payments. Work with staff, auditors, and the board of directors to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations.  Manage the organization’s budget to see that funds are allocated appropriately.
  • Project and Program Oversight: Oversee various organizational projects and programs, including the annual fundraising gala dinner, and fashion show. Create new programs as warranted.
  • Data Management: Maintain records of data regarding the organization's mission and testing data by individual donors when necessary.
  • Board Communication: Provide updates on funding and programs to the board of directors on a regular basis. Also, work with the board to identify and vet prospective board members.
  • Team Support: Nurture office staff. Support the team in achieving organizational goals.
  • Positive Image Maintenance: Uphold a positive and ideal image of the organization to the public.

Requirements for a New Hire:

  • College Degree: Minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Nonprofit Leadership Experience: Minimum of 6 years of management experience in a nonprofit organization.
  • Fundraising Skills: Proven ability to establish and maintain new revenue sources.
  • Knowledge of Nonprofit Governance: Understanding of rules and regulations for nonprofit organizations to ensure legal compliance.
  • Empathetic Personality: Possess a warm and engaging personality. This is a relationship job.  You will be interacting with people at tough moments in their lives.   And understanding and a compassionate personality is critical.
  • Flexibility: Understand this is often not a 9-5 position; must have the ability to adapt to a changing schedule as needed.
  • Embrace the Mission: ASLF has an amazing story of helping others in a time of need.

Desired Qualities:

  • Multi-tasking: Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and adapt to changes.
  • Human Services Knowledge: Knowledge of the human services field, including the medical and health care industry.
  • Grant Writing Experience: Knowledge and experience overseeing grant applications and submissions with successful outcomes.
  • Expansion Orientation: A team builder who inspires loyalty and is focused on organizational growth.
  • Bilingual: Ability to speak conversational Spanish a plus.


 The starting annual salary range is $100,000 to $110,000, based upon the level of experience.  The Executive Director will also be eligible for an annual bonus based on the achievement of performance goals set by the Board of Directors.   The Executive Director will be eligible to participate in the foundation’s health benefits.

If you feel you meet the requirements and possess the qualities outlined above, we invite you to apply for this impactful position at A Silver Lining Foundation.   Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

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