Ladder Up is an entrepreneurial, Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to providing free financial services to hardworking, low-income families and individuals. Through free tax return preparation, college financial aid application assistance, and financial education, Ladder Up helps its clients access the resources they need to move up the economic ladder..
Ladder Up is seeking a Development Coordinator to help secure the funding the organization needs to achieve its mission of helping Chicagoans move up and out of poverty.
As Development Coordinator, you will execute tasks related to the organization’s fundraising and communications strategy. You will act as a fundraising generalist, with an emphasis on grant writing and grants management. You will have responsibilities that require attention to detail, organization, and creativity. You will work directly with Ladder Up’s Development Director to drive the organization’s financial growth.
Key facets of the position include:
Grants management - Drafting funding requests and applications, tracking deadlines, and preparing reports for Ladder Up’s government, foundation, and corporate funders.
Conducting research to identify new prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors
Following up with Ladder Up program clients to collect and document testimonials
Working with program staff to create and schedule social media content
Data entry – Tracking donations and pledges in database
Preparing donor acknowledgment letters
General writing – Assisting with outreach materials, fundraising letters, and website copy
Provide support in other areas including events management, individual fundraising, and board management.
Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
3-5 years of grants management experience required
Excellent writing skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel
Knowledge of Salesforce a plus
Willingness to learn
Ability to work independently and under deadlines
About Ladder Up
Ladder Up is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization dedicated to helping hardworking families and individuals access the financial resources and opportunities they need to move up the economic ladder.
With the help of 800+ volunteers, Ladder Up serves more than 20,000 clients annually through free tax return preparation, college financial aid application assistance, and financial education programs. This past year, Ladder Up generated a total economic impact of more than $33 million in low-income Chicagoland communities.