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Business Development / Grant Writing

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  • We're based in Chicago, IL and working remote due to Covid safety.
  • This employer is willing to work with students who are seeking academic credit or volunteer hours, including for credit and non-credit courses.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Business Development volunteer will spearhead development efforts as our Nonprofit continues to grow. A new position in the start-up organization, the BD volunteer will have the opportunity to build the development function.


  • Co-develop and execute our Nonprofit's annual fundraising plan with ED and Board
  • Generates positive community awareness of the organization, its mission and impact, and strengthens its brand and reputation with business partners, clients and the community we serve
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Manage the implementation of tracking database and oversee data entry and gift processing
  • Co-develop relationships with major donors in partnership with ED and marketing efforts
  • Co-create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors (with Board and ED)
  • Overseeing organization of special events
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Search, organize and write grants


  • Experience in fundraising, sales, or entrepreneurial development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Experience with building relationships
  • Ability and passion to use phone, email, video calls to network (in-person only when safe)
  • Expertise in networking, marketing and targeted influencer identification and outreach
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to work effectively with members of organizational boards, colleagues, business partners, prospects and community stakeholders
  • Ability to assess motivations and desires in others, create empathy and identify commonalities and a shared vision
  • Proficiency in Google Office and Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Skype and PowerPoint, and grants management systems, Google Drive, Jam Board, etc.


  • Dedication to professional development
  • Ability to take initiative, employ good judgment, and manage projects from beginning to end
  • Exceptional ability to manage details
  • Ability to self-organize and project manage
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to anticipate next steps or needs
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Be available for max 20 hours a week (will work with individual on availability and hours are flexible)


  • Resume building experience in business development, sales, communications, relationship management, non-profit work, and other aspects of fundraising and business development
  • Great opportunity to learn about what happens behind the scenes of growing organization
  • Access and direct mentorship/learning from CEO and Board
  • Class credit (if applicable)

1 More opportunity with CENTRALLY HUMAN INC



65 W JACKSON BLVD, Suite 116, CHICAGO, IL 60604, US

Mission Statement

Centrally Human Inc is a non-profit that invests in the teenage youth, specifically those who have been the most disenfranchised and victimized by our systems, to see themselves as courageous and brilliant young people and be empowered to create real and measurable change through Inclusive Innovation programming.


Knowing the "why" is critical to any company. We were born to connect human empowerment with next generation business innovation. Inclusion is intrinsically connected to business innovation, and we need to weave that together and break down the silos to really drive growth and change. We live in that space. We challenge every individual to do the same.

To make real change, teenagers need to understand the game and rules to change them. With Centrally Human, we empower youth to understand history and facts of our nation’s modern design, the rules and constraints that prevent change, and - most importantly - how to develop their own personalized action plan to bring the Inclusive Innovation thinking and real change into every relevant part of life.

We work directly with teens as well as non-profit partners to teach Inclusive Innovation. We've trained hundreds of teenagers and young adults, resulting in empowered communities, individual plans and growth in confidence for tomorrow's leaders. In our facilitator training, we employ the train-the-trainer model to ensure we work with successful non-profit partners to support their mission empowered by our curriculum.

Children & Youth
Race & Ethnicity


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • SWOT / GAP Analysis
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • flexible based on volunteer needs. 5-20 hours/week varying based on what's going on. Will work with volunteer to accommodate

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