Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
About Gads Hill Center:
Gads Hill Center (GHC) serves children, youth and families from sites in North Lawndale, Brighton Park, Pilsen and Chicago Lawn and multiple school-based locations. Our formal programs, including early childhood education, comprehensive family support, academic and social-emotional support, school-based mental health and community nutrition education, serve over 4,000 families annually.
Under the general direction of the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Development Intern will provide assistance and gain direct experience across a wide range of development responsibilities related to corporate and foundation grants, including: proposal and report writing; donor/prospect research; field-specific research in areas such as early childhood education, youth education, mental health, and physical wellness; and effective donor/prospect communication.
Assist in conducting prospect research and identifying potential funding opportunities both onsite at Gads Hill Center and at Forefront in downtown Chicago.
Provide support for various donor communications and acknowledgments.
Develop, write, and assemble proposals and reports to corporations and foundations, in response to specific and general parameters as set forth by funders.
Work closely with program staff to generate narrative content and project budgets.
Assist in monitoring compliance with grant deliverables and outcomes.
Conduct research on social service related issues and integrate findings, including statistics, into work product.
As needed, travel to Gads Hill Center sites to meet with staff and gather information for proposal development.
Establish strong relationships with program team leadership to understand the organization’s current and developing program priorities to better inform fundraising appeals.
Serve as the administrative point person for the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Completed or working toward a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Social Service Administration, Social Work, or a related field.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Superior research and analytical skills with the ability to judge what is of value to the organization and provide high-level summaries.
Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Passionate belief in Gads Hill Center’s mission.
Status: Unpaid, course credit can be provided (depending on university).
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STE...M-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.