Development Manager 

Location: Chicago, IL (Hybrid)


About Impact for Equity

Impact for Equity, formerly known as BPI, is a public interest law and policy center that has been at the front lines of the fight for social justice in the Chicago region for over fifty-five years. Known for its innovative and effective advocacy for racial and economic equity, today Impact for Equity is deeply engaged in advancing systemic change in housing, policing, and the criminal legal system.

 With collaboration as a core value, Impact for Equity partners with people directly impacted by racial and economic injustice and the community-based and advocacy organizations that serve them. The organization’s tenacious lawyers and policy staff employ a combination of legal tools, policy research, organizing, advocacy, and convening to achieve transformational change. Impact for Equity works to develop nuanced policies and programs, advance effective strategies, catalyze strong coalitions, and advance progress toward its overarching vision of a state where every person has the right and opportunity to live their fullest life in a thriving community and free of systemic barriers. A stimulating workplace, Impact for Equity is committed to offering opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully to work that advances racial, economic, and social justice. 

Position Overview

Impact for Equity seeks a dynamic and mission-driven Development Manager to play an integral role in fundraising, donor stewardship, event management, and development operations. Reporting to the Managing Director of Development and External Relations, the successful candidate will be an experienced and energetic professional who is passionate about fundraising and advancing our mission to end systemic injustice. 


Fundraising Strategy 

  • Work closely with the Managing Director of Development and External Relations to plan and execute annual appeals to meet and exceed revenue goals. 
  • Implement donor cultivation and stewardship strategies to broaden the base of financial support for the organization. 
  • Coordinate with the Managing Director of Development and External Relations to envision and execute communications strategies and vehicles that highlight the impact of our work to donors and prospective donors. 

 Event Management  

  • Oversee and execute fundraising and donor cultivation events from inception to completion, including venue selection, budget management, event logistics, vendor management, and event reporting. 
  • Maintain accurate records of event-related data including revenue, expenses, and post-event evaluations for analysis and future planning. 

 Development Operations 

  • Maintain accurate records and documentation in comprehensive donor database, Little Green Light. 
  • Manage the gift acknowledgement process to ensure timely and accurate communication with donors. 
  • Assist in strategic donor cultivation and stewardship. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field 
  • 2-3 years of professional experience in development and event management 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail 
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and past experience with donor information systems (e.g. – Raiser’s Edge, Virtuous, Salesforce, Little Green Light, etc.) 
  • Collaborative approach with the ability to work independently in a dynamic environment 
  • Solid commitment to the mission and vision of Impact for Equity with the ability to serve as a compelling ambassador for the organization, recognizing policy change happens slowly 
  • Ability to travel locally and work periodic evenings and weekends as needed 

 Compensation and Benefits  

This is a full-time hybrid position with three days in the office. Our office is located near Millennium Park in the Loop. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience with a likely range of  $55,000 to $60,000. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, paid leave, and cell phone reimbursement. 

Application Process

Please apply by sending a resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position to Please note the name of the position in the subject line of your email. If your candidacy advances, you will be asked to provide a list of three professional references and examples of your prior work. 

Impact for Equity is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce, an inclusive culture and are dedicated to growing teams with people who have diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skills. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experience of poverty, and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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