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Saloni Dar

Associate Director of Individual Giving


Chicago Humanities presents the most compelling authors, artists, and thinkers of our time, connecting people to the ideas that shape and define us. Insightful, entertaining, and interactive Festival events are a platform for authors, journalists, scholars, policymakers, and other thought leaders, as well as for artists, actors, musicians, comedians, and cultural figures. Our programs provoke conversations, celebrate creativity, build community and explore the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture. Chicago Humanities values programming that reflects multiple viewpoints and lived experiences, is accessible and inclusive, and speaks to diverse audiences. We program across Chicago, bringing people and ideas together in a variety of neighborhoods. Chicago Humanities seeks to facilitate an engagement with ideas that transcend individual concerns, to enable empathy and connection through shared experiences. We are a hybrid office, working together remotely and in the office; evening and weekend availability required during festival seasons. More information at


The Associate Director of Individual Giving is an integral member of the development team who contributes to the creation and implementation of comprehensive fundraising initiatives for increased contributed income. Major areas of responsibility include the management and growth of Humanist Circle giving societies ($3,000 to $5,000), with support of major gifts and board development initiatives.

This role works closely with the Director of Development and is supported by the Development Administrator.

Individual Giving Responsibilities

  • Portfolio management of giving society supporters ($1,000 to $10,000 giving): serving as the primary relationship manager, developing and executing strategies to identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit new and existing donors.
    • Support the overall Humanist Circle Society, including identifying marketing and communication needs and strategies, and cultivation/stewardship opportunities and events with the programming team.
    • Track solicitations, renewals, program attendance, and activities in Raiser’s Edge database in collaboration with the Development Database Manager and Development Administrator.
  • With the Director of Development, set strategies for the giving societies, in tandem with larger pipeline development objectives, goals, and engagement opportunities. This work is supported by:
    • A fiscal year engagement calendar set forth by the Development team collaboratively ensuring a monthly touchpoint (cultivation, stewardship, and large-scale appeals) in support of contributed revenue goals and expenses.
    • The creation and customization of templates for fundraising solicitation for gifts to support programs, general operating, neighborhood programs and additional philanthropic initiatives.
    • Collateral created in tandem with the marketing department, as needed
  • Collaborates with the Director of Development in preparing fiscal year budgets for the giving societies, including allocation of expenditures to maximize revenues for stewardship, cultivation and solicitation.


  • Support Board Governance and Development Committees, attend meetings, draft minutes (as needed) for the Executive Director and Director of Development.
  • Review of weekly reports to ensure data accuracy and needed donor outreach. Personal outreach to all donors with contributions of $1k+
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.


  • 3-5 years of progressive development experience in a multi-faceted development shop with exposure to major gifts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or Tessitura.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.


This is a full-time position with a salary range of $70,000-75,000. Benefits include fully-covered health insurance (with an option to upgrade), dental, vision, 403(b) with 7% employer match, equitable parental leave, tax-free commuter spending plan, life insurance, short and long-term disability, and 17 days of accrued paid time off. In addition, we offset busy seasons with additional office closures during the summer and a communal winter break (December 25 through New Year’s Day). Chicago Humanities observes ten holidays and provides one floating religious holiday.


Chicago Humanities is committed to providing a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive workplace where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal employment and advancement opportunities in our departments, programs, and policies. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.


Please submit your application here, including resume and cover letter (please submit as PDFs). Applications are due by Thursday, February 15, 2024.

If you need any accommodations completing this application, please email our Manager of People and Culture, John Rooney at

Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified via email. No phone calls, please. We look forward to reviewing your materials. Thank you!

Chicago Humanities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Contact Info:
John Rooney
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago