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Individual Giving Manager


SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's South Side. Founded in 2001 with a mission to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs at no cost, SkyART continues to fulfill its mission in Chicago’s South and West side communities, reaching young people through a rich variety of programs. Driving its mission is a deep understanding of the transformative power of art and its capacity to enhance intellectual, emotional, and social development. SkyART is a foundation from which creativity grows and individuals flourish. Participants are invited into a world of imaginative possibilities and connections that go beyond the individual, to positively impact all of the communities where we work and the city as a whole.


Through interdisciplinary, process-based projects, skill-building workshops, and large-scale collaborations, SkyART encourages critical thinking and inspires creative expression for youth ages 7 to 24. Using an artist-in-residence model, Teaching Artists work side by side with students, in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and shared curiosity, through our dynamic and experimental new methodology.


The Individual Giving Manager identifies, develops and stewards relationships and subsequent fundraising activities with individuals. The Individual Giving Manager works with the Executive Director, program staff, and Board of Directors to create, lead, implement and evaluate successful fundraising strategies from individuals. The Manager, working with a development staff of three, thinks creatively to develop new and innovative ways to fundraise. The Manager is committed to the goals of SkyART and can articulate the vision and mission.


Leadership and Strategy (10%)

  • Represent SkyART internally and externally to raise the agency’s profile and create fundraising opportunities.
  • Actively promote the agency’s mission, vision and values.
  • Participate in strategic and annual work planning.
  • Stay abreast of relevant changes in the philanthropic sector and communicate to senior staff.
  • Hire, train, and supervise Development Interns, including recruitment and selection; scheduling and job assignment, counseling/ coaching; securing staff development and training; conducting performance evaluation; and recommending salary, disciplinary and other personnel actions in accord with policy.

Individual Giving (60%)

  • Co-create long-term growth strategies for individual giving. Implement those strategies to achieve or exceed goals.
  • Develop and monitor individuals giving revenue projections and goals and report progress to leadership.
  • Coordinate visits with major gift donors and facilitate and participate as needed. Ensure staff are adequately prepared.
  • Plan and execute the direct mail and online appeal programs; develop narrative and write appeal letters and solicitation materials; conduct analysis of campaigns; develop reports and make changes in strategy if needed.
  • Research, develop and implement new social media-based fundraising strategies.
  • Identify, cultivate and steward relationships with individual donors.
  • Conduct and/or delegate prospect research; manage a portfolio of that research to identify new prospective donor opportunities.
  • Work closely with leadership to engage with Board members and other individuals to fundraise from smaller donors, personalizing donor correspondence including phone calls and invitations
  • Assist in coordinating the Board’s participation in their efforts to fundraise from smaller donors, personalizing donor correspondence including phone calls and invitations
  • Collect, maintain and analyze evaluative and anecdotal data from staff, other professionals and sources, policy makers, etc. to assist with solicitation.

Special Events (25%)

  • Co-create innovative ways to expand net proceeds from events.
  • Contribute to production of the annual fundraising event. Implement the strategy, concept, planning calendar, budget, and evaluation for the event; coordinate the team executing the event; provide staff support to the Committee; serve as liaison to the special events firm providing logistical support and execute donor follow-up.
  • Work with development team to fundraise for the event, manage a portfolio for ticket sales
  • Assist in coordinating smaller events (house party, cocktail party, etc.) or third-party benefits for SkyART. Execute events, make assignments and coordinate logistics. Monitor budget and evaluate results.
  • Plan organizational strategies for converting event attendees and volunteers to donors

Administration and other (5%)

  • Oversee gift-tracking and donor acknowledgement, ensuring accurate record-keeping of contributions according to best practices and IRS guidelines. Serve as a backup gift processor.
  • Reconcile individual income with finance staff.
  • Work with the development team to integrate consistent messaging and outreach to donor segments via the web, social media and e-newsletters
  • Oversee the development of reports and dashboards for evaluation
  • Attend and actively participate in required educational programs and board and staff meetings
  • Protect organization's value by keeping information confidential
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Your Background Includes

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, with demonstrated pursuit of continuing education in the philanthropic sector.
  • A membership in AFP is an asset.
  • Minimum three years of experience in development, including annual giving, prospect research, writing fundraising requests.
  • Overall understanding and knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community, the arts and culture funding community a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully raise funds from individuals, make presentations, train others to do so
  • Previous supervision experience preferred
  • Computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, CRM database and social media. Experience with Little Green Light or similar fundraising software is a plus.


  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong persuasive skills
  • Working independently, as well as collaborating with colleagues, and adapt easily to changing priorities.
  • Ability to analyze information, read situations, and solve problems.


  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Generous benefit package for eligible employees includes:
    • Paid time off (PTO) allowance including 10 days of vacation, five personal days, five sick days per year, twelve paid holidays and one additional day off for your birthday
    • Employee retirement account with 3% contribution from SkyART
    • Health Insurance benefits with minimal cost paid by employee


  • Submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and where you learned of the position opening to: Please write your name (Last, First) and position title in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • No phone calls please
  • Position begins July 2021

SkyART is an equal opportunity employer. We support, value, and celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment for all employees that is representative of the community we serve. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to job candidates and employees without regard to any legally protected characteristic such as race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry or veteran status.

Contact Info:
Basia Brown
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago,IL