Since 2001, The Community Foundation for McHenry County has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to create a better quality of life throughout McHenry County. Philanthropic efforts for the county are coordinated and led by the team at The Community Foundation for McHenry County.
In FY 2018, the Foundation, together with its donors, granted more than $2.2 million to nonprofit organizations: protecting the human services safety net for those hardest hit by the economy, developing new audiences to sustain our county’s arts and education organizations, and improving conditions for healthy and active lifestyles.
As nonprofit organizations, local governments and businesses strive to tackle issues of concern, the Foundation provides civic leadership through partnerships and collaborations. Working together, the Foundation, its donors and its community partners leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any of us can make alone.
About the Executive Director Position:
The Executive Director position is responsible for advancing the mission and vision of the Community Foundation for McHenry County (CFMC).
The Executive Director is an experienced executive leader who will provide professional leadership and oversight for daily operations of the CFMC, including strategic direction and carrying out the strategic plan, financial growth and stewardship, donor and community relations, operations, financial management, personnel management and marketing and communications.
The Executive Director is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and modeling an organizational culture that is positive, respectful, and professional while emphasizing a sense of urgency in serving our stakeholders.
The Executive Director plans, coordinates and assures the implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the CFMC. The Executive Director maintains transparent accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources. The position assures appropriate systems to support fund development including but not limited to donor management, research and cultivation, and gift processing and recognition.
In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for positioning the CFMC as a leader throughout McHenry County in the following areas:
Providing leadership: We bring people together to determine community needs, facilitate collaborative solutions, and act as a catalyst for positive change.
Granting resources: We distribute grants that meet donor’s charitable interests and address the community’s changing needs.
Stewarding assets: We provide prudent oversight and management of charitable assets as we grow a community pool of funds.
Fostering Awareness: We offer guidance, advice, and opportunities to broaden philanthropic giving and the impact it makes in our community.
The Executive Director reports to the CFMC Board of Directors. The CFMC is an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust and as such, the Executive Director works in close partnership with Trust.
The successful candidate for the Executive Director position will demonstrate and possess the following qualities:
Strategic leadership and vision both internal and external to CFMC
Passion for the mission of CFMC
Demonstrated fundraising, communication and stewardship proficiency
Provide Strategic Leadership and Nonprofit Management (40%)
I. Run a financially-sound organization
In partnership with Board Chair and Executive Committee, build and manage the organization to attain financial sustainability and oversee the day-to-day operations, finances and investments.
Modify the existing organizational structure as necessary to attain the most operationally efficient and cost-effective structure, roles and functions; and manage full-time staff and volunteers.
Possess a working knowledge of the laws and regulations associated with charitable giving to community foundations. Work with legal counsel, accountants, auditors and investment managers, and/or service providers to enhance the operations as well as protect it from adverse action.
Ensure policies and procedures are in place to allow CFMC to function in an ethical, legal, cost-effective and efficient manner. Ensure the CFMC follows Board adopted Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Resolutions, Fund Agreements, National Standards for Community Foundations, as identified by the Council of Foundations, and any other contracts or agreements.
In conjunction with the CFMC treasurer and CCT CFO, provide oversight for proper administration of the fiscal policies and procedures as developed by the Executive, Finance, Investment or Audit Committees.
II. Build and Leverage the Board: Board Relations, Organizational Planning and Chicago Community Trust Relationship
With the Nominating and Governance Committee, build and develop the Board of Directors to reflect the vitality and philanthropic heart of the community it serves, and leverage the Board’s strengths to further the mission and actively engage the Directors in its work.
Be an effective partner with the Board in providing vision, strategy and leadership.
Establish a learning environment for the Board and the staff, which includes coaching, professional development, and a robust evaluation strategy that utilizes data to understand impact and make informed decisions.
Confer regularly with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Work as a team with the Board Chair, officers and committee chairs, and assists with the development of goals and long-range planning and progress reports.
Assist Board Chair in planning and preparation of Board and Executive Committee agendas, supply supporting information on relevant issues, and develops strategies for implementing Board decisions.
As an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust, maintain and expand a strong and vibrant relationship.
Inspire Philanthropy – Grow visibility and assets (35%)
I. Branding, Marketing Communications and Community Relations
Actively shape and communicate the CFMC’s mission, vision and position, and steward for McHenry County’s philanthropic dollars.
Drive visibility and awareness of all aspects of CFMC’s work in the local market and position CFMC as a valuable and relevant community asset, neutral convener, and proactive collaborator.
Pursue opportunities to speak for the CFMC before civic groups, organizations and individuals on occasions that further the CFMC’s goals.
Lead the development of a comprehensive marketing plan to reach key audiences including donors, prospects, professional advisors in the estate planning field, governmental leaders, media, and others. This includes development of a variety of materials and content for an ongoing multi-channel presence.
Oversee all communication activities – both internal and external, including the selection and management of agency partners for public relations, event management and production, and any communication needs.
Participate in, attend and represent CFMC at community events of all types, sometimes requiring evening and weekend work.
II. Fundraising, Advancement and Donor Relations
In close collaboration with the Board, develop annual advancement goals and strategies to grow and diversify revenue streams.
Lead the development and implementation of plans to deepen support from current and new donors to maximize restricted, unrestricted and operational funds.
Represent CFMC with major donors, prospective donors, agencies, communities and corporations to cultivate relationships and foster giving to and through the CFMC.
Ensure responsive relationships with donors aimed at meeting donor needs and expectations and strengthening donor relationships.
Oversee efforts to refine and implement a fund development program that meets established goals and best reflects the philanthropic opportunities and interests of the local market.
In close partnership with Chicago Community Trust, develop relationships with mutual donors in McHenry County.
Grow Impact through Community Investment and Leadership (25%)
In partnership with the Grants Committee, lead the Foundation in creating and implementing a plan to assess community needs and opportunities, determine the CFMC’s highest value relative to those needs and opportunities, and structure and implement a course of action to achieve measurable impact.
Regularly convene community partners including Board members, community leaders and issue stakeholder groups in planning processes that result in grant-making and program priorities, special initiatives and projects that are responsive to community needs and priorities.
Lead efforts to create and implement an annual evaluation plan to understand and report the impact of the grant-making program, initiatives and project; and utilize data to make informed decisions related to program priorities and process improvement.
Represent CFMC on priority local and regional committees to advance the mission.
Overview of Skills and Attributes:
The successful Executive Director candidate will have high energy, strong relationship-building, interpersonal and change management skills, as well as extensive professional experience that engenders the confidence of the Board of Directors, staff, donors, partners and community members. This individual will possess a deep commitment to improving the lives of residents of McHenry County and enthusiasm for leading the Foundation into the next decade and beyond. The Executive Director will have the character and confidence to work well independently and communicate readily and comfortably in this highly visible role. The Executive Director will have a minimum of an undergraduate degree coupled with relevant graduate-level certification, and at least 10 years of progressive non-profit leadership experience. Experience within a community foundation or similar organization is highly preferred. McHenry County, Illinois residency is required.
About The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to advancing metropolitan Chicago and improving the lives of the people who call it home. The Trust serves as a philanthropic partner, connecting the generosity of donors with community needs. Today, following the creation of a new strategic plan in 2018, the Trust stands committed to addressing Chicago’s legacy of systemic inequity and closing the racial wealth gap. With assets of approximately $3 billion, the Trust in partnership with its donors distributes more than $400 million in grants each year. Our unwavering mission is to mobilize resources, people, organizations and ideas in support of this vision for a truly equitable, connected and thriving community.
The Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert Harris, father and son duo of the Harris (now BMO Harris) bank family. The Chicago Community Trust was the fourth community foundation ever created. There are now 750 community foundations across the US and Canada.
Since 1915, the Trust has been part of nearly every major civic milestone of the Chicago region. From the creation of Millennium Park and Chicago’s Harris Theater to Leadership Greater Chicago... and Chicago Urban League, the Trust has worked to support the people and organizations that have made Chicago a world class city.
The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors, grantees, residents and community leader that continue to work tirelessly to make this City one where all have the opportunity to realize their dreams.
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