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Part-time ,
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Charles Sundquist

Development Manager

ANIMA – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

Founded in 1964, Anima is a nonprofit, internationally recognized choral organization, serving youth throughout the Chicagoland area. Anima’s mission is to transform young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing.


The responsibility of the Development Director, along with the Artistic Director, staff and board of directors is to ensure that the organization has sufficient funding to deliver its mission. The Development Director will create and implement fundraising plans that will attract financial support; will work to broaden and deepen the donor base to ensure future fundraising success; and will assist in communicating a clear, compelling message that makes the case for broad support.


  1. With Artistic Director, staff and board development committee, create one year, three year and five year strategic fund raising plans along with expected incremental and overall support from each major funding source. Develop desired targets for earned income, individual giving and institutional giving percentages. Discuss and conduct detailed review of this plan with the Board at least annually (optimally during budget development cycle.) Plans will include contact strategies utilizing board and staff resources as well as general messages tailored to specific sectors.

  2. Create implementation plans to achieve one year goals and develop task lists that identify critical elements that will support three year plans. Review current fund raising efforts carried out by choristers and parents, evaluating them as a part of overall strategic and tactical fundraising plans. Discuss and recommend modifications, if any, with board and staff. Evaluate current individual donor relations activities; discuss and recommend changes and enhancements as needed.
  1. With Artistic Director, create development budget each year based on fiscal needs not projected to be met by sources of earned income, regularly review progress and discuss and develop action plans as needed to ensure goals are met. Provide reports as needed for committee and board meetings as well as grant progress reports.

  2. Execute on plans, conducting activities as outlined (complete grant applications, meet with potential donors, research opportunities, support Anima board or staff as they fulfill their roles, prepare for solicitations.) Working with Financial Operations Manger, ensure that there is a file of regularly needed supplemental materials: regulatory status certificates, past and current year budget, audited financial statements, recent recordings and senior staff bios. With AD, develop grant narratives and program budget for each application. When necessary in grant reporting cycles, provide Financial/Operations Manager information to complete and package grant applications and reports.
  1. Using resources available in-house and from available other resources, build and maintain in Salesforce, a target list of current and potential foundations, grant programs, arts support organizations, corporate sponsors, community partners, and high-potential major gift donors. Where applicable, track due dates, open application periods and contact information.
  1. Ensure that there are accurate and up to date lists (utilizing Salesforce) of current and potential individual donors, alumni, parents and current and former board members. Ensure that each group is addressed in some portion of strategic fund raising plans.

  2. With staff and board, develop or modify current printed and web-based materials for campaigns, solicitations, and special events. Materials need to clearly communicate key messages and make the case for support. This will include web site, videos, printed brochures, sponsorship packages, individual letters and introductory materials for potential students and their families.
  1. With Board Committee, develop concepts and goals for annual special fundraising events. Work with sub-committees to identify a specific event chair, tactical and logistical details. Ensure plans progress in a timely manner and deliver a successful event. Track financial results against plan and report on success as well as opportunities for improvement in future special events.


  • BA/BS degree in business, arts management, communications or related fields.
  • Minimum three years of experience in nonprofit development position; ability to articulate strategy and motivate staff.
  • Proven track record of generating development funds for a non-profit organization through corporate and individual giving.
  • Expertise required in Microsoft Office, facility with development databases, Sales force a plus.
  • Excellent written communications.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, good judgment; capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex tasks, prioritize and meet deadlines.

STATUS: Exempt

HOURS: 20 Hours Weekly (some evenings and special events as necessary)

SUPERVISOR: Artistic Director

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: PTO and holidays (defined in Staff Handbook)

Contact Info:
Charles Sundquist
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL