WINGS Program, Inc.
  • Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Position: Grant Writer - Foundation and Corporate Relations

Reports To:         Chief Development Officer

Objective:  To enhance the financial sustainability and growth of WINGS Program, Inc. through the systematic identification, cultivation and solicitation of funding  resources.  This  position works with the Chief Development Officer to execute the fundraising goals of the organization, primarily using grant and proposal writing.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Establish and cultivate relationships with key community organizations, foundation, and corporate contacts.
  • Establish and maintain a stewardship program for donors which include regular individualized contact in addition to acknowledgements, recognition, and required reports in order to enhance relationships.
  • Facilitate site visits and cultivation activities.
  • Identify opportunities for the CEO and CDO to enhance WINGS' relationship with foundations, corporations and community organizations.
  • Evaluate and recommend grant applications for a myriad of WINGS programs and activities.
  • Develop and write persuasive grant proposals to foundations, corporations and major current and potential donors/funders.
  • Meet annual fundraising goal set at the start of the fiscal year.
  • Prepare and revise general case statement for all programs.
  • Obtain and compile applicable financial and statistical information for all proposals.
  • Prepare individualized grant proposals in compliance with format requirements, attachments and deadlines.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Research potential grant opportunities.
  • Coordinate with key staff to develop strategies and tactics to manage and define funding growth opportunities:
    • On a regular basis, meet with key development staff to determine priorities and assess funding opportunities.
    • Liaison to the Finance Department and Program Services Team when tracking progress on grant spending.
    • Work closely with the Program Services team to develop written goals, objectives and outcome reporting that is consistent with grant requirements.
    • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in non-profit development with emphasis in grant writing with demonstrated success in generating significant commitments from corporations and/or foundations.
  • Superior writing, analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to seek and synthesize information.
  • Proven track record in crafting funding proposals in a clear, succinct, and compelling manner
  • Experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information.
  • Must have a solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse, multiple projects and meet deadlines with limited supervision.
  • Excellent follow through, attention to detail and organization skills
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge or similar donor database a must.
  • Strong belief in the WINGS mission, and the willingness to advocate in the community, which may include public speaking opportunities.
  • Must have reliable transportation, and the willingness to travel locally to meet with potential donors.
  • Ability, and willingness, to work occasional nights and weekends


Type: Full-time, exempt salaried employee with benefits

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