Development Internship

at After School Matters in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Organizational Summary:

After School Matters is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that offers after-school and summer programs to up to 19,000 Chicago high school teens a year to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills that will set them up for success in college and beyond.

Founded in 1991, After School Matters has engaged more than 400,000 Chicago teens and is the nation’s largest and most successful provider of after-school and summer programs for high school teens. No other organization offers programs at the scale and quality that we do.

We offer paid apprenticeships led by professionals in the fields of arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Our nationally respected youth development model has been replicated in cities across the country and earned us the City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Programs take place at community locations throughout the city, including three ASM buildings: downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, the Michael and Karyn Lutz Center in Belmont Cragin, and the Pullman community at Gately Park.

Currently, After School Matters’ annual operating budget is approximately $35M and employs approximately 500 staff across the organization.

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Summary of Position:

Responsible for collaborating with the Annual Giving Manager and key development team members to cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors and prospects. This individual plays a critical role by supporting projects that help reach individual giving fundraising goals. This is a 20-hour a week position.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

+ Support the Annual Giving Manager with donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.

+ Conduct thorough research on current and prospective individual donors to prepare CEO, CDO, and ASM leadership as needed for donor visits.

+ Send weekly acknowledgments while assuring accurate and timely gift entry, reporting, and stewardship of annual fund gifts.

+ Manage the Birthday Card process for BOD, ADV, and VIP donors to ensure cards are sent in a timely manner.

+ Facilitate gala and annual pledge close-out communication plan, including invoicing and outreach.

+ Assist with Associate Board and Team ASM communications and tracking member engagement in addition to other relevant processes such as onboarding and form creation as needed.

+ Handle the processing of in-kind donations.

+ Support the planning and implementation of donor activities (i.e. donor survey) and events (i.e. luncheon, reception and tours).

+ Potential New Responsibilities

+ Manage and develop new peer to peer fundraising initiatives, including Team ASM and Facebook Fundraising.

+ Collaborate with Annual Giving Manager on new prospect strategies for engaging ASM alumni in addition to implementing individual volunteer program.

+ Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

+ None

Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

+ Must be able to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

+ While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.

+ The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

+ The successful candidate has an incredible eye for detail and brings an exceptional customer service approach. They will have experience with direct mail appeals, fundraising events, a donor CRM database, and an understanding of the fundraising cycle.

+ Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set and manage priorities, and meet deadlines, following processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

+ Strong written and oral communication skills.

+ Team oriented with a full understanding of the dynamics of working with a diverse group to meet organizational goals.

+ Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications and Raisers Edge.


+ Bachelor’s degree or current student and a minimum of 2 years fundraising or administrative experience required.

+ Proficient in fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge preferred), social media, Microsoft office.

+ Commitment to a mission-driven organization, ability to maintain donor confidentiality, and desire to advance the mission and vision of ASM is required.

+ Cook County residency required.

Additional Requirements:

Staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or have an approved medical or sincerely held religious beliefs exemption prior to starting employment. If a medical or sincerely held religious belief exemption is approved, weekly Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is required part of any reasonable accommodation.

How to Apply:

+ Apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, and application here (


After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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Job Posting: JC240078320

Posted On: May 12, 2023

Updated On: Jun 19, 2023

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