Institutional Giving Manager

Location: Remote; Chicago, IL preferred

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving

Schedule: Full-Time. Some weekend/evening work time will be required to attend fundraising and program events.  

Mikva Challenge is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens and community members who will promote a just and equitable society. We are a dynamic youth empowerment agency that provides middle and high school students with unique civic learning opportunities and hands-on experiences in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and youth activism programs. We do this by engaging youth in Action Civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

Mikva Challenge evaluations show the lasting impact of its programs.

  • 82% of students reported an increase in their civic knowledge.
  • 77% of students developed their sense of civic agency and increased their future commitment to civic action.
  • 83% of students took on new civic leadership.
  • 79% of students reported gains in their socio-emotional skills — many of which have direct academic outcomes.


About the Position

Mikva Challenge is seeking a highly-skilled, detail-oriented Institutional Giving Manager who will bring leadership experience and a passion for youth civic leadership work. The ideal candidate will have strong storytelling skills and a relationship-building mindset to assist in the expansion of Mikva’s funding pipeline. The Institutional Giving Manager will join a small, collaborative team focused on meeting the organization’s annual income goals by overseeing our growing portfolio of institutional funders (including foundation, corporate, and government partners), which in the coming fiscal year will approach $4M. While this position is based in Chicago, the Institutional Giving Manager will be responsible for all institutional giving opportunities regardless of the opportunity’s geographic location.

Core Responsibilities

  • Assist in maintaining the institutional giving portfolio, including:
  • Conduct detailed prospect research on foundation, corporate, and government grantmakers and work with the team, to identify potential targets.
  • Serve as the organization’s primary writer of compelling LOIs, proposals, contracts, and reports about Mikva Challenge’s programs. Coordinate with other departments for timely and detailed submissions.
  • Plan cultivation and stewardship strategies for prospective and current donors.
  • Lead external meetings and site visits.
  • Maintain a database of approximately 100+ funders, which includes the tracking of deadlines, funding interests, key relationships, and more.
  • Manage and support the participation of senior leaders and program staff in fundraising.
  • Stay up-to-date on issues and news relevant to our work including developments in the education, civic engagement, and youth development sectors.
  • Assist in engaging Board members in donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Support efforts related to individual giving, special events, and communications as needed.
  • Attend all major Mikva programmatic, fundraising, and volunteer engagement events each year.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education/ Experience

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Extensive and proven grant writing or copy-writing experience
  • CRM Experience preferred


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A high degree of personal organization and accountability
  • Must be comfortable working with executive-level members of an organization
  • Work well collaboratively and independently
  • Confident multi-tasker
  • Capable of successfully managing multiple deadlines
  • Able to confidently bring their ideas to the table

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $60,000 annually commensurate with experience. We also offer a competitive benefits package to include paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K, disability and life insurance.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to with “Institutional Giving Manager” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Candidates should be prepared to offer three professional references and a writing sample upon request.


Equity Statement

Mikva Challenge is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value diversity in our workplace. Mikva Challenge provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. We want to create an empowering space to change lives!

Applicants from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.