Little Friends

Little Friends, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of empowering children and adults with special challenges, and their families, to live, learn, work and thrive in the community. Based in Naperville, Illinois, Little Friends was founded in 1965 and serves more than 800 people each year. Our services include early intervention (birth to age 3), special education vocational training for adults, community-based residential support for adults and children. 

Nov 20, 2018
Little Friends, a leader in the social service sector, is a private, non-profit agency that provides programs and services committed to empowering children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and participate in the community. We are currently seeking a Vice President of Agency Advancement. The Vice President of Agency Advancement is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Little Friend’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.  The Vice President works closely with The President/CEO and the Board of Directors in all development and fund raising endeavors.     Highlighted Responsibilities :   Develop and maintain relationships with current and prospective donors and supporters  Develop/expand upon a major gifts/capital campaign program. Oversee grant proposals including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.   Build upon a planned giving program with a focus to expand pledges. Direct and oversee the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives. Coordinate and oversee all special events including golf and annual gala auction. Direct employee fundraising drives. Oversee prospect research. Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about Little Friends with the community. Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems to insure timely input and overall accuracy of the data stored. Supervise and collaborate with fundraising staff. Oversee creation of all marketing initiatives including website and publications to support fund raising activities. Maintain gift recognition programs.   Requirements: Qualifications: Must embrace the mission of Little Friends Strong interpersonal and writing skills. Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising. Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers. Have the desire “to get out of the office” and build external relationships. Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls. Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals. Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability. A bachelor’s degree. 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.     Salary commensurate with experience.  
Little Friends Naperville, IL, USA Development