Director of Annual Giving
Catholic Charities
Location: Chicago, IL
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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (Catholic Charities) serves all in need. Its mission is to provide for the vulnerable among us, regardless of their faith, gender, ethnic or racial identity, by offering compassionate and quality services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities.

A staff of over 2,000 utilizes an annual budget of close to $200 million to serve more than 500,000 people annually in Illinois. Catholic Charities is among the largest human service providers in the U.S.—raising $35 million annually and receiving $100 million in government funding. In its more than a 100-year-old history, Catholic Charities estimates that it has helped over 20 million people.

The broad spectrum of Catholic Charities services in the Chicagoland area includes (but is not limited to):

  • Child, Youth and Family Services
  • Community Development and Outreach Services
  • Family and Parish Support Services
  • Housing Services
  • Senior Support Services

Building on a foundation of faith, hope and charity and under the leadership of a new president and CEO, Sally Blount, Catholic Charities is making bold plans. To start, Blount is investing in key senior leadership positions and soon she will begin a strategic planning process that will reimagine the role of Catholic Charities to deepen its impact in an increasingly polarized and economically unequal, post-pandemic world.

In the area of philanthropy, Angel Gutierrez has been named Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Coming off a banner year in 2020 despite the pandemic, with $36.7 million raised from more than 18,000 donors, Gutierrez is cultivating an increasingly donor-centered approach to fundraising at Catholic Charities and is on course to increase fundraising to $50 million annually by 2025. The plan is to provide clarity of roles and streamline activities so that staff has more time to spend with donors helping them help to advance the mission. With a reorganization of the staff structure in place, Gutierrez is hiring several new team members who are specialists in their area of expertise to further build out the fundraising talent at Catholic Charities, starting with two key director positions (including this one). Gutierrez leads with grace, empathy, and confidence, not to mention joy and a sense of humor, and the hope is the new fundraising leaders will do the same.

To learn more about the significant philanthropic support that Catholic Charities received this past year and the many ways that Catholic Charities was present in people’s lives during an unprecedented time, please enjoy reading our annual report: 2020 Annual Report


The Director of Annual Giving will report directly to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and be responsible for bringing best practices, creativity, and innovation to Catholic Charities to realize the full potential of a multi-faceted and robust annual giving program in a growth environment.

Specifically, the Director will provide:

Leadership and creative direction – (20% of time)

  1. Formulate the strategy and creative direction for the overall annual giving program, which focuses on individuals who contribute up to $5,000 in cumulative gifts over the course of a year.
  2. Maintain a working knowledge of Catholic Charities mission, and the many programs, services, and stories that are used as compelling content for new and existing appeals.
  3. Work with internal and external team members to analyze and understand past performance to inform new strategies.

Supervision and management of the annual giving program – (40% of time)

    1. Motivate and develop the annual giving team members (three plus the director).
    2. Work independently and with others to implement the annual giving program, including identifying and recommending opportunities for improvement and growth of the program over time.
    3. Meet or exceed fundraising goals for the Mercy Fund (cumulative under $1,000) and the Hope Fund (cumulative under $5,000).
    4. Oversee two large direct mail campaigns per year (i.e., up to 70,000 households per appeal).
    5. Develop strategies, including digital, for new donor acquisition and growth, especially online and via social media.
    6. Develop strategies to improve our stewardship efforts, reimagining ways to engage donors utilizing technology to maintain a personal touch.
    7. Manage in-kind donations, workplace giving, tribute and memorial giving, vehicle donations, and online giving.
    8. Manage the annual giving program budget.
    9. Stay abreast of trends in annual giving, including donor behaviors and technology advances, incorporating what is working or new strategies into our fundraising efforts, as appropriate.

Direct fundraising – (40% of time)

    1. Carry a portfolio of annual giving donors, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding some of Catholic Charities most loyal and supportive individuals and families.
    2. Identify new prospective annual giving donors.
    3. Coordinate cultivation activities and meetings with annual giving donors who are major gift prospects on behalf of the Vice President and others on the team.


Catholic Charities seeks a professional with a minimum five years’ development experience, including demonstrated success in individual giving across all channels and using multiple platforms within a midsize to large nonprofit. Experience having worked for a social service agency a plus.

The experience, skills, and attributes of sought-after candidates include:

  • A leader in their field
  • Strategic thinker and proficient manager of teams
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to use data effectively to inform planning
  • A cooperative spirit and team player who is receptive to others’ opinions, collaborates well, and is diplomatic
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, creative, and inquisitive
  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written
  • Positive attitude, energetic, and eager to learn and to teach
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-moving environment on multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail
  • Able to respond to shifting priorities and to work efficiently under deadlines
  • Experience with data management systems, ideally Raiser’s Edge, as well as with the Microsoft Office suite of software
  • An appreciation for the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching
  • An empathetic person
  • Sense of humor


To participate in our confidential search process, please send your application, including your resume and cover letter, to our recruiting partner Margie DeVine of DeVine Consulting at  Cover letters should be responsive to Catholic Charities mission and the responsibilities and qualifications as stated in the position guide. Further inquiries or questions?  Call Margie: 773-892-2993.

Catholic Charities offers a salary ($100K to $115K) and a comprehensive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance plus more. We also offer an employer-matched retirement plan, 15 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days, 4 paid personal days, and 11.5 paid holidays including the day after Thanksgiving.

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Catholic Charities is located at 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654.  The staff is working a hybrid work schedule, both remote and in office as needed.