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Corporate Board - Director of Fundraising

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Position Summary
The Director of Fundraising is responsible for coordinating major fundraisers and writing grants
to support Illinois Leadership Seminars. Our goal is to enable sustainable fundraising efforts in
order to expand our leadership programming to emerging leaders across the state. Our
seminars are always provided at no cost to our attendees and this role will be instrumental in
ensuring we continue our tradition of meaningful leadership training to a broad array of student
leaders regardless of socioeconomic background.

This position will be an active member on the Illinois Leadership Seminar Board. Being an
active member of our board will include attending monthly meetings and ensuring support and
engagement throughout the calendar year. This is a volunteer, unpaid position.
ILS is a small, working board of leaders passionate about youth leadership supported by a large
and mighty alumni network. This is a newly created board position. In time, we feel this
position would grow to have additional support through a committee including members with
expertise and/or interest in grant writing, corporate sponsorship, event planning and alumni
fundraising efforts.

Key Responsibilities:
● Developing a general fundraising strategy while owning key donation streams
● Chair the Fundraising Committee and execute cost effective fundraising event(s)
● Partnership with Director of Marketing for donor outreach initiatives and event promotion
● Gather promotional materials, financial statements, testimonials, and other necessary
documentation to facilitate the completion of grant applications
● Attending monthly ILS Corporate Board meetings, preferably in person (Chicagoland
● Partnership with Corporate Board Treasurer to ensure compliance with financial controls

Preferred Skills:
● Fundraising experience (2+years)
● Non-Profit experience
● Grant writing experience
● Event Management/ Promotion experience a plus
● Experience navigating and networking with private foundations
● Project management and organizational skills with the ability to create systems for
tracking fundraising calendar, timelines, budgets and progress to goals, while measuring
outcomes and results
● Strong writing skills, clear and effective communicator, professional, detail-oriented

If you are over 21 and feel called to join our Corporate Board in this role , please send an email to and by December 10 .

For our By-Laws and more information about our organization please visit our website:


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805 LAKE ST 184, OAK PARK, IL 60301, US

Mission Statement

We unleash the leadership potential of Illinois' youth.


ILS has been providing quality, free leadership seminars in Illinois since 1977. We are a 100% volunteer organization with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Through our programs, students interact with leaders in industry, government, the arts, education, and the media, coming in contact with a diverse world of leaders and leadership styles. Students are then challenged to discover and unleash their own leadership potential in their schools and communities, using the tools and resources made available to them at ILS. We at Illinois Leadership Seminars don't tell our participants what to think, or even how to think, but stress the importance of careful thought for our world's future leaders.

Board Development
Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research




  • Must be at least 21
  • 2 hour board meeting monthly plus work outside of the meetings.

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