Responsible for assisting the Development Director in writing funding proposals and managing government, foundation and corporate grants. Generates, maintains and reports on donation records in keeping with Agency goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Participate in grant writing including preparation of letters of inquiry, proposals, research, budgets, reports, ancillary materials, general agency information, editing proposals for errors and inconsistencies and proposal submissions.
Manage existing grants by tracking; develop internal reporting systems; writing reports, maintaining excellent historical records; collaborates with Grant Compliance & Reporting Manager, as needed, to ensure timely submission of grant-related performance and financial reports.
Manage the grants calendar and donor records and lists.
Research both locally and nationally and identify corporate and foundation prospects based on Safer's priorities and core programs by reviewing web sites, annual reports, and Form 990s; assess their giving priorities, giving histories, and relationships.
Monitoring government websites and bulletins to identify new federal, state, county & city funding opportunities.
Receive & record individual and corporate contributions, prepare letters of acknowledgement for tax reporting purposes.
Assist with other fundraising projects as requested, including Season of Giving and the Annual Holiday Appeal.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of fundraising information sources
Experience with proposal writing
Proven track record with institutional donors
Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft office programs, including Salesforce
Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
Experience with budget development and monitoring
Knowledge of the core elements of program development, contracts and agreements
Good organizational skills, well disciplined, able to meet deadlines, self starter, able to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in English, Communications, Social Work, or related field
3 or more years of experience in grant writing, including knowledge of Annual Giving, Foundation/Corporate solicitations, Deferred Giving, Communications and Special Events.
About Safer Foundation
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.The situation is even more dire today, especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job. This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job. When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.