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Institutional Giving Consultant

About AFG

Artistic Fundraising Group provides fundraising strategies and resources to small and midsized nonprofit organizations with our own hybrid model of project execution and traditional consulting. We offer services in all areas of nonprofit fundraising, including major gift strategies, individual giving campaigns, freelance grant writing and proposal review/editing, fundraising training for organizational leadership, multi-year development plans, and foundational workshops in all areas of contributed revenue. In alignment with our values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Antiracism, and Accessibility (IDEAA), we employ a community-centric fundraising model that invests in equitable relationships between the philanthropic sector and the organizations we serve. Our methodology has proven results, as we raise millions of dollars annually for our clients.

We generate growth in all areas of contributed revenue by building comprehensive, custom fundraising strategies. We take pride in effectively and collaboratively working with each client to develop unique, achievable fundraising solutions that truly work for each organization. Today, Artistic Fundraising Group supports a wide range of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in all artistic disciplines, including theatre, dance, music, independent film, creative writing, and visual art. Our client base has also expanded beyond the arts to include organizations that intersect with education, healthcare, youth development, journalism, and the disability sector.

Do you have fundraising experience outside of institutional giving?

While we are actively recruiting for a candidate with direct experience in institutional giving at present, we are always open to meeting nonprofit fundraising professionals with experience in all areas of development, including those with senior/management experience. If this sounds like you, please reach out to us via the link below with your resume and an introduction of your background.

Institutional Giving Consultant

The Institutional Giving Consultant will manage a grants portfolio for nonprofit arts and journalism nonprofits among Artistic Fundraising Group’s client base. This includes the full execution of grants projects, such as the composition of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports in addition to the compilation of accompanying attachments packages. The Institutional Giving Consultant will also develop cultivation and stewardship plans for clients’ institutional giving relationships, coach client leadership on best practices, and provide timely reporting on grants pipelines to both the client and internally to the AFG team.

The Institutional Giving Consultant will work as an independent contractor, providing a minimum of approximately 20 hours of work per week, but with the opportunity to work up to 35-40 hours of work per week if desired. Work may be completed in a flexible/remote format, with the option to work at the Artistic Fundraising Group office in Chicago's Fine Arts Building as desired.


  • Plan, manage, and execute foundation, government, and corporate grant proposals and reports for arts and/or community engagement nonprofit organizations
  • Write and edit proposal and report narratives
  • Prepare attachments and other supporting materials
  • Complete thorough prospect research for potential funder/client matches
  • Advise clients in ongoing relationship management for portfolios of current and prospective institutional funders
  • Collaborate with both clients and fellow AFG team members regarding upcoming deadlines and deliverables to ensure timely completion of work in advance of project deadlines
  • Collaborate with AFG team members on joint workshop presentations and consulting projects


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent career experience preferred. Certificates, BA/BFA, or MA/MFA in nonprofit management and/or the arts are a plus but not required.
  • Previous experience in grant writing with a track record of proven success required
  • Polished professional writing and composition skills
  • Experience in ongoing relationship management with institutional funders, including cultivation and stewardship initiatives
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive
  • Previous experience in individual giving, major gifts/moves management, and board fundraising welcome, but not required
  • Previous experience in the development of fundraising strategy and presentation experience welcome, but not required


  • Commitment to a culture of collaboration and continued learning
  • Commitment to a culture of IDEAA and community-centric fundraising
  • Background and/or interest in the arts, journalism, education, or social services
  • Enjoyment in creative problem solving and critical thinking
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple deadline-oriented projects at once
  • Ability to produce timely, quality work with thorough attention to detail


The Institutional Giving Consultant earns $25.00 per hour as base pay, with the opportunity to take on additional projects at a higher rate ($50/hr+) as available.

Values and COVID-19

Artistic Fundraising Group is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to growing our team in alignment with our inclusive and equitable working practices, exemplified by our values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Antiracism (IDEAA). All applicants will be considered without discrimination in regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, parental status, or ability. Learn more about our commitment to IDEAA here.

Artistic Fundraising Group adheres to all federal, state, and city public health guidelines and requires all staff and independent contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New team members must provide appropriate documentation within the first two weeks of work. We respond conservatively and dynamically to the ongoing pandemic, as the safety of our team is our top priority. Under normal circumstances, all team members work remotely/from home in alignment with our pre-pandemic model, with the option to work at our office in the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. Members from our team work on-site, locally from home, and from all over the country, and as such, exclusively remote work is not a hindrance to our Institutional Giving Consultant role.

To Apply

Visit to submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample relevant to your grant writing and fundraising work. You may also email In your cover letter, please share why working in the arts or the nonprofit sector is important to you.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with priority given to those received by November 4, 2022.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL