Founded in 1905, Catholic Extension is the leading supporter of Catholic missions in the United States. Catholic Extension serves the pastoral mission of the Church by ensuring that the essential ministries of under-resourced and isolated U.S. dioceses remain intact by helping these dioceses build their capacity for the future. This is achieved by operating as both a fundraising and grant making organization that carries its work out strategically, with a high touch and in a spirit of optimism and innovation.
Over the past century, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $1.3 billion to build strong communities of faith, so that Catholics in these areas have the tools to inspire hope and ignite change. Activities and programs supported include: southern border initiatives, post-hurricane rebuilding in Puerto Rico, support for college campus ministry and youth outreach, construction and renovation of churches and facilities, and funding for the education of lay and ordained leaders.
To support this mission work, the organization raises $20 – 25 million from 30,000 donors via a mature development program that includes annual, major and planned giving. Additionally, Catholic Extension is in the quiet phase of a $75 million philanthropic campaign focused on maximizing individual and foundation major gifts for ongoing and special initiatives.
Catholic Extension has a full-time staff of 50 employees based at its headquarters in Chicago or in one of its regional offices. Its staff is comprised of talented and experienced professionals working in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment and team-focused culture.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, the Development Associate, South-Central Region will be responsible for attracting mid-level gifts ($1,000 – $5,000 annually). Donors at this level are recognized as members of Catholic Extension’s Socius Circle giving society and are a high priority, as they broaden our base of donor support and create a pipeline for future major donor giving.
The Development Associate, South-Central Region will be based in Dallas where the Assistant Vice President is based. He/she will focus on mid-level donors in the South-Central Region of the United States (Texas and the surrounding states).
In directing and executing Catholic Extension’s mid-level giving strategy, the Development Associate will reach out to existing Catholic Extension donors currently making annual gifts of $100+ for the purpose of upgrading these donors to $1,000 or more annually by implementing a proven mid-level giving methodology that includes:
The Development Associate will also show leadership by: 1) adhering to the program’s performance metrics, 2) proposing enhancements to the Socius Circle giving society, and 3) actively participating in the formation of the mid-level giving marketing strategy.
Catholic Extension seeks a professional with entry level experience who would like to move into a frontline fundraising role. A bachelor’s degree is required. Professional and personal attributes of sought-after candidates include:
- Superior written and verbal communication skills and the ability to represent Catholic Extension in a positive and professional manner during interaction with our donor constituents.
- Computer literacy, including strong understanding of Microsoft applications, as well as other database and web-based fundraising tools.
- Ability to work well independently while maintaining strong communication with the team.
- Energetic self-starter with strong organizational skills.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.
- Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment.
- An appreciation for and general understanding of the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.
- A passion for your field and a sense of humor.
Extensive travel will be required as the Development Associate will meet personally with at least 20-25 or more donor prospects per month.
Catholic Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary to participate in the application process.
We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, disability, 403b with company matching, paid time off, paid company holidays, commuter assistance, professionaldevelopment opportunities, mentoring and more!
Catholic Extension is located at 150 S. Wacker Drive, 20thfloor, Chicago, IL. For more information about the organization, please visit: www.catholicextension.org.