Stewardship and Annual Fund Manager - ACLU of Illinois/Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU

Affiliate Offices
June 11, 2018

The Stewardship and Annual Fund Manager is responsible for the management of the annual fund program and a tiered stewardship program. Duties will include the execution of the year-end giving appeal, and donor engagement and stewardship to maximize revenue.

The position reports to the Development Director and works closely with Development team of five; the Director of Strategic Engagement; the Executive Director; and other ACLU of Illinois staff, board, and volunteers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage a tiered stewardship plan for annual donors of $1,000+ so that individual donors are retained and upgraded.
  • Manage gift intake and ensure a donor-centered acknowledgment process.
  • Manage and execute the annual fund calendar.
  • Secure visits with donors and directly solicit gifts.
  • Work closely with program colleagues to develop attractive programmatic materials and stewardship reports.
  • In close coordination with colleagues, plan and implement donor-related cultivation and stewardship events, mailings, and activities for donors at all giving levels.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Development Director.


  • Minimum of three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, with progressive responsibility and demonstrated success in the management of the annual fund process, stewardship events, social media, and giving appeals.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with donors.
  • Personal commitment to and enthusiasm for human rights and civil liberties, and high ethical standards.
  • Experience planning and implementing donor and prospect events.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • High degree of self-motivation, persistence, and organization, including the ability to work independently on assignments and projects.
  • Ability to seek and accept guidance from colleagues and supervisors.
  • Ability to transform the complex work of the ACLU into meaningful touches and communication with donors.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal communication, and written communication skills.
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • Personal enthusiasm, inquisitiveness, creativity, and sense of humor.
  • Excellent office and computer skills, including database management, Word, Excel, Outlook, and internet research. Knowledge of fundraising software (Salesforce preferred) and design software (Adobe Creative Suite preferred).
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Commitment to diversity that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.  

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience, within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation after first year; 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to, using the subject line “Stewardship and Annual Fund Manager.” No calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal record, or veteran status.

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