Manager, Individual Giving

Are you cause-driven and can embrace our mission where brain tumors are eliminated? Are you experienced in fundraising and want to utilize those skills to benefit our nonprofit?  The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) (located near O’Hare) is a steadfast advocate on behalf of the brain tumor community in the U.S. where we help patients, caregivers and their loved ones.  Our mission is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.

Join us as the Individual Giving Manager where you will work closely with the Director of Development to implement a program strategy and comprehensive cultivation and stewardship program including annual appeals and tributes, recurring giving; identification of major and mid-level donor prospects; and coordination and oversight of donor relations and stewardship.

The Individual Giving Manager will maintain a portfolio of mid-level donors and implement strategies that nurture donor loyalty and foster personal relationships. Additionally, the manager will help advance development department planning, track individual giving progress, and serve as the department liaison to the database team. The Individual Giving Manager reports to the Director of Development.

This position is remote.  However, it is ideal for candidates to have access to reliable transportation and the ability to easily access a major airport.


  • Develop a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies involving direct mail, e-mail, phoning, personal visitation and volunteer engagement to increase and maximize the association’s annual giving income.
  • Manage and grow the tribute, recurring, sustaining, and LYBUNT/SYBUNT giving programs as priorities within annual giving.
  • Use prospect identification tools to identify and qualify annual donors with the potential to be major or planned gift donors through targeted communication. With the Director, Development steward them to higher giving levels through targeted communication, personal visits, and creative connections between donors, events and programs.
  • Help plan and execute the association’s overall stewardship of annual fund donors to maximize individual philanthropic income.
  • Collaborate with the Community Managers to identify, steward, cultivate and solicit regional donors.
  • Ensure and adhere to best practices in donor relations and stewardship.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to coordinate and advance the annual appeal program with a high degree of customization and emotional appeal leading to effective stewardship.
  • Review batches on a regular basis to ensure correct coding.
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned at any time.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have a minimum of 4 years of experience in non-profit in successful fundraising, including annual giving strategies.
  • Ability to quickly assimilate the broad duties and unique perspectives of various functional groups and understand how each contributes to the project.
  • Previous experience leading fundraising campaigns with experience in development planning and management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, readily accessible via telephone and e-mail for project communication and follow-up.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with multiple priorities and objectives.
  • High degree of creativity, responsibility, initiative, and professionalism.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Ability to prospect, cultivate, steward, and manage new and existing donors.
  • High proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiarity with Salesforce, Classy or other CRM software highly preferred.
  • Intermediate to advanced, detail-oriented project management skills.
  • Demonstrated motivational and problem-solving capabilities with a high degree of integrity, ethics and dedication to the ABTA mission.
  • Ability to travel up to up to 20% and work some evenings and weekends for ABTA events, professional meetings and nation-wide community events.


The ABTA offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; a 401K plan with employer match; parental leave; monthly technology stipend; a generous paid time off plan; summer hours; smart casual dress, including jeans; free access to on-site fitness center; free office parking; work-life balance and flexible work-from-home schedule.

Work Environment

Work environment may involve moderate risks or discomforts, which require special safety precautions (e.g., automobile and airplane travel).  This position may require some travel, up to approximately 20% travel.  Additionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

Work requires some physical strain such as long periods of sitting and walking while handling company business.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, including boxes of ABTA literature and supplies for various events.  Specific vision abilities required by the job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.”

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