Serving more than 5,000 singers from all 57 Chicago zip codes, Chicago Children's Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. What began in 1956 as a small choir in Hyde Park fostering interracial understanding during the civil rights movement has grown into one of Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organizations. This $5M non-profit consists of a network of 140+ choirs whose singers are empowered to bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in over 90 Chicago schools, 11 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices called DiMension and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children's Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city. CCC is proud to provide access, with 85% of participants paying less than $50 for a year of programming. CCC is a civic treasure and a model of urban music education. In addition to numerous self-produced concerts and collaborative efforts with Chicago’s finest cultural institutions and as a result of its commitment to achieving intercultural understanding, CCC undertakes approximately 5 domestic tours annually featuring singers from the Neighborhood Choir Program and DiMension and an international tour featuring singers from Voice of Chicago.
Serving as a member of CCC’s development staff, the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager will work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to grow CCC’s portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government funders by researching new funding opportunities, preparing proposal and report materials, and stewarding relationships with foundation and corporate contacts.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Advancement, write and edit grant proposals and reports for submission to corporations, foundations, and government sources.
Develop customized sponsorship materials for current and prospective corporate funders, both for fundraising events and CCC concerts and programs.
Collect program and financial information for proposals and reports in partnership with select program staff and CCC’s Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
Draft development-related emails for Director of Institutional Advancement, as needed.
With Director of Institutional Advancement, ensure that all deadlines are tracked and met in a timely manner.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date information on CCC’s corporate, foundation, and government relationships in Raiser’s Edge, including action history; oversee the process of filling grant agreements and correspondences in CCC’s electronic files.
Cultivation and Stewardship
Develop preparatory and follow-up materials for site visits and meetings with program officers. Attend these meetings, as requested.
With Director of Institutional Advancement, develop and implement a stewardship plan for institutional funders.
Track sponsorship benefits for all corporate funders and ensure that requirements are met.
Identify potential grant-makers for annual and multi-year support through online and printed resources. Develop prospect profiles, as needed.
Research corporate entities for sponsorship opportunities for CCC programs and concerts. Develop prospect profiles, as needed.
Develop giving history reports for Director of Institutional Advancement, as needed.
Draft copy for other development communications, including newsletters and the annual report.
Attend events hosted by corporate partners and other philanthropic entities.
Attend CCC concerts and fundraising events.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
A. degree required
3-5 years professional experience in a non-profit setting, with at least 3 years professional experience in development or marketing
Excellent oral presentation and writing skills. Strong communicator who can tailor CCC’s case for support to a variety of funding audiences.
Team player who is motivated to augment the efforts of the organization in general and the development department specifically.
Experience with prospect/donor management fundraising software applications a plus.
Flexibility to work after regular office hours for concerts and events.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including paid vacation, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as tax-deferred retirement plan.
Internal Number: 3128498300
About Chicago Children's Choir
Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is the nation’s preeminent youth choral organization, serving over 5,000 students across the city of Chicago. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs driven by one mission: to inspire and change lives through music.
CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 62-year history. Since its founding, CCC has focused on building programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. Eighty percent of youth served are from low-moderate income homes, with over 4,000 students annually participating completely free of charge. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy. High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array of professional fields.
Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir has achieved new heights and revolutionized the youth choral arts through innovative ...creative partnerships and new artistic endeavors. Recent projects include the world-premiere hip-hop musical Long Way Home, written and directed by the renowned Q Brothers Collective, which played to five sold-out houses in 2018; performance in a new staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS under the direction of Marin Alsop in July 2018 with two frequent creative partners: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia Festival; and collaboration on Chance the Rapper’s GRAMMY winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book. CCC has served as a model for youth choirs across the country including Boston Children’s Chorus, Denver Children’s Choir and Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
As a national and international touring ensemble, Chicago Children’s Choir has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, South Africa, India, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Canada, Japan and Europe and for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.
CCC has performed with or for such acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Al Green, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Celine Dion, Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé. Chicago Children’s Choir has five studio recordings – We All Live Here (2016), Holiday Harmony (2010), Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Sita Ram (2006) and Open Up Your Heart (2004).