Development Associate

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is a public foundation working to advance gender equity, which we believe to be inherently interconnected with racial, economic, and health equity. CFW envisions a world in which all women and girls, transgender, and gender nonbinary people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just, and healthy communities. We celebrate the spectrum of identities and experiences of women and girls, uplift their leadership and center the voices of the community to achieve true equity. To support our philanthropy, the Foundation promotes increased investment in women and girls, raises awareness about their issues and potential, and develops them as leaders and philanthropists. Since 1985, the Foundation has awarded over $42 million to hundreds of organizations that help achieve its mission of gender equity across the Chicago region.

CFW looks at the broad spectrum of needs of all women. We support the areas of freedom from violence, economic security, and access to health, which we see as integrally related and are paths forward toward an equitable society. 

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. The Foundation is in the midst of change, from an institution that tolerates racial and identity differences to one that excites these differences as powerful tools for systemic, anti-racist change. CFW is committed to engaging in continual analysis and essential restructuring to ensure the Foundation’s way of being is one that wields a shared power and holds itself accountable to racially oppressed groups to achieve its gender equity goal.


The Development Associate provides general administrative support to the Development Department at Chicago Foundation for Women. This position is responsible for project-specific support in the areas of development operations, data entry and database management, and administrative support for the development team.

How the Development Associate Position Breaks Down:

Database and Administrative Support (60%)

  • Provide overall administrative support to the Development Department, including but not limited to: responding to written and telephone inquiries, drafting correspondence, requesting and scheduling donor meetings, and performing general clerical tasks.
  • Manage the development, printing, and sending of donor acknowledgment letters.
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of gifts, with support from the Manager of Donor Data and Stewardship.
  • Create and maintain accurate, detailed donor profiles on existing and potential individual donors. Conduct donor research for staff, board, and volunteers.
  • Assist with the development of brochures/other printed materials for the development department.
  • Provide project management oversight, such as meeting scheduling, project timelines, etc. 
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned by supervisor.

Donor Support (20%)

  • Working closely with Senior Director of Development and Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, provide support for grant writing assignments such as gathering data and lists, fact-checking, and submission management. Help to ensure the timely completion of deliverables from other CFW staff needed to complete submissions.
  • Manage [email protected] inbox and route messages to the appropriate team members within one business day.
  • Research prospective corporate, foundation, and individual funders.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned by supervisor.

Special Events (20%)

  • Assist with fundraising events, including but not limited to: the coordination and design of event materials, telephone and written solicitations, tracking of pledges, management of volunteers, etc.
  • Assist with the reporting of all event registrations for the development team and the Director of Social and Community Impact.
  • Assist with coordination of event-related development mailings, such as special invitations, handwritten notes, luncheon solicitations, etc.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned by supervisor.


  • Attend and actively participate in required educational programs and departmental and staff meetings.
  • Protect CFW’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Update knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; maintaining networks; participating in professional organizations.


Salary range is $40,000-$48,000. 


Click here for more information or to apply. Interested applicants should email a cover letter articulating how their skills and experience meet the responsibilities noted above with a resume to [email protected].   

o Subject line should read: Your Name + Development Associate

o No phone calls please

CFW seeks to fill this position as soon as possible and will work actively to build a diverse pool of candidates.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-06-10 16:33:20 -0400