Development Associate, Foundation Giving
Catholic Extension
Location: Chicago, IL
Job Information:

Catholic Extension

Founded in 1905, 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. For more information about Catholic Extension, visit the CE Website.

Over the last 116 years, 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.  Last year alone, the financial impact on these communities was more than $100 million when one considers all Catholic Extension’s programs and partnerships collectively.

To support this mission work, every year the organization raises $25 – 30 million from 25,000 donors via a mature and comprehensive development program with diverse revenue streams. To learn more about the role of philanthropy at Catholic Extension read its 2021 Annual Report.

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.

Development Associate, Foundation Giving  

The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development, Foundation Giving.  Together, the two-person grant writing team is responsible for a portfolio of nearly 100 funders whose annual grants range from $10,000 to $1 million or more.

The specific responsibilities of this position are to:

  • Serve as the internal point person for administrative support of the program to timely and accurately track letters of inquiry, proposals, and reporting deadlines. Communicate effectively across teams to ensure integrity of the information gathered and recorded.
  • Manage a portfolio of foundation relationships.
  • Write grant proposals, letters of inquiry, reports, and other communications for our foundation partners.Proposals in your portfolio will focus on potential grants of $10,000 to $100,000.
  • Take the lead on responsible stewardship of existing funders. Catholic Extension informs and engages its supporters so they can be certain of how their funds are used and their impact. You might deliver the stewardship report, or you might staff another member of the team to do so if they manage the relationship.
  • Proactively seek new grant partnerships with foundations whose guidelines support the mission of Catholic Extension.
  • Produce regular summary reports on fundraising activity by the Foundation Giving team.
  • Record all relevant contacts with donors in the fundraising database.  Aim for precision and timely entry to support internal reporting and data integrity.
  • Participate in Development department team meetings and contribute to the team overall. Staying on top of emerging sector trends and new funding opportunities in Foundation Giving will be one of your duties.
  • Be a role model for integrity, fiscal responsibility, and ethical behavior in a way that embodies Catholic Extension values.


Catholic Extension is looking for a grant writer.  We believe the successful candidate will be straight out of college or graduate school, or they might have up to several years of work experience. As this role requires contact with funders, the successful candidate will have some exposure to fundraising/working with donors.

Additionally, we are looking for someone who offers:

  • A strong command of the English language
  • Persuasive writing skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Listening skills
  • Track record for responsible follow through and attention to details
  • Ability to navigate public information sources to identify prospects
  • Exposure to working in teams in a business setting
  • Solid energy and drive
  • Customer service oriented
  • Curious and creative
  • Detailed and action-oriented
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Development and donor data base experience preferred
  • Strong familiarity with the mission and teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Preferred candidates will be experienced in or able to adapt to the Catholic fundraising market although previous faith based fundraising experience is not required
  • A sense of humor

To Apply

 To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Further inquiries or questions?  Please call our recruiting partner Margie DeVine on her cell at 773-892-2993.