Organization: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

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United Way Worldwide is the largest funder of health and human services in the world, raising approximately $5B annually in support of those in need. Globally, the organization is focused on connecting individuals and families with the building blocks of stability through interventions in the areas of Income, Education and Health. With its partnering local organizations, United Way does what no single organization can do alone: bringing together leaders from government, corporations, health and human service and the community to develop innovative solutions to address local issues. Today, its work goes far beyond its historical role of funding strong nonprofit partners. Now it is strategically focused on large-scale change, mobilizing its assets – funding, legislative advocacy, technology, in-kind resources and corporate partnerships – toward that goal.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) is part of the United Way Worldwide network of nearly 1,800 United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, UWMC serves the six county metropolitan region, radiating from city to the north and northwest suburbs, the western suburbs and the south and southwest suburbs. UWMC is an independent 501(c)3 and is governed by a 36 member Board of Directors.

In 2011, UWMC initiated LIVE UNITED 2020 (LU2020), a ten-year commitment to transform communities of greatest need – those areas that are home to almost two million Chicago-area residents, more than half of whom live in poverty. Its goals are to:

  • Help 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed;
  • Advance economic stability for 100,000 households;
  • Connect over 200,000 people with available, preventative health care services; and
  • Answer the immediate crisis needs of one million people every year by providing shelter, food and safety from violence.

At this point, UWMC is nearing the finish line of the ambitious goals of LU2020 in education, income, health and basic needs. UWMC is truly delivering on their vision for significantly more high school graduates, economically stable households and healthier individuals. These goals have been achieved while providing basic needs support – food, shelter and safety from violence – for the entire metropolitan region.

To further increase its impact, UWMC launched the United Way Neighborhood Network Initiative, which uses a proven model of collective impact to drive long-term, sustainable community level change. Two Neighborhood Networks are currently fully operational, with eight additional Neighborhood Networks across the region in various stages of planning.

In 2015, UWMC raised $57M, continuing a trajectory of year over year growth. Importantly, that included traditional workplace campaigns, individual and major gifts, corporate funding and government grants. The magnitude of the assets UWMC is able to bring to bear on its community impact work are significant and include program and community expertise, cross-sector engagement, regional and neighborhood proven practices, volunteers, sector and issue advocacy and financial investment.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is characterized by a deep commitment to ensuring individuals and communities can thrive, making the Chicago metropolitan area stronger. The next chapter, with an influx and continued diversification of revenue, will enable it to continue driving lasting change.

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The Opportunity:

At this important moment in its history, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is seeking to add a top tier development professional to lead its philanthropic outreach. Reporting to and partnering closely with President & CEO Wendy DuBoe, the Senior Vice President, Resource Development (SVP) will work with the Board, executive team, development team, donors and other key constituents to advance UWMC’s development efforts.

The SVP, working with the Board of Directors, President & CEO and executive leadership, will be responsible for setting the large-scale strategy for development efforts and executing on that plan. Additionally, the SVP will oversee and complete the LU2020 campaign and help shape the next set of strategic goals.

S/he will oversee engagement initiatives, which strengthen constituent relationships, create awareness and build constituent support for UWMC. This will include developing strategies to further engage high-level constituents including corporate partners and new and existing individual and institutional donors at all levels to increase their understanding of the role that UWMC plays in the community and thus increase their inclination to provide philanthropic support.

The Senior Vice President, Resource Development will be a bold thinker and a strategic, yet ‘hands-on’ executor who will lead a best-in-class development program. As a member of UWMC’s executive team, s/he will bring a genuine passion for UWMC’s mission coupled with deep experience driving fundraising success. S/he will oversee and manage the team of 40 development professionals. Direct reports include the Vice President of Corporate Development; Vice President of Major & Planned Gifts, Individual and Leadership Giving; Senior Director, Strategy and Partnerships; and Director, Corporate Programs and Projects. The SVP will actively manage a donor portfolio by personally participating in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. As an enterprise leader and member of the Executive Team, s/he will help with organization strategy, planning, and culture.

Key metrics for success of this role include:

  • Strong and growing philanthropic support to position UWMC for long-term, sustainable success;
  • The fundraising program will be more diversified in that the workplace giving campaign will remain strong as UWMC cultivates additional revenue streams;
  • The base of individual donors and private foundations will continue to grow and flourish;
  • The Development staff will clearly understand expectations and will be engaged, driven and motivated;
  • Annual and long-term fundraising, sponsorship and workplace giving goals including both revenue goals and donor retention and growth goals will be clearly defined; and
  • Constituents will acknowledge a sense of stewardship and gratitude consistent with UWMC’s culture and mission.

Candidate Profile:

The SVP will enhance UWMC’s overall approach to advancement – one that creates a true culture of philanthropy and collaboration throughout the organization, improves and develops sustained success in contributed revenue and ultimately fulfills UWMC’s mission and achieves its vision.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

An Expert in Development

The SVP will be an experienced leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success. S/he will have demonstrated expertise with a wide range of fundraising channels, with particular focus on major donors and campaigns. A principal challenge is to create a more donor-centric approach to resource development by developing methods of giving that are mutually beneficial to UWMC and the prospective donor, and to identify and cultivate support from these donors. S/he will have a strong data and analysis orientation and a proven ability to use metrics to drive development decisions and achieve strategic objectives. The successful candidate will develop appropriate system-wide policies and practices for the effective coordination of all resource development activities.

Strategic Leadership and Management Acumen

The SVP will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who, along with the President & CEO, sets and articulates a vision for the organization’s next fundraising chapter, builds and executes a development plan and evaluates outcomes with a metrics based approach. S/he will assess, direct and enhance the development staff of 40 individuals. The SVP will be an approachable leader who supports a culture of collaboration among the development department. S/he will be an innovative and energetic individual who functions well in a fast-paced, team environment, which includes cross-department coordination. A diplomatic and supportive professional, the SVP will enhance the department’s culture of collaboration.

A Relationship Builder and Collaborator

The SVP will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships at multiple levels with varied constituencies including UWMC’s Board of Directors, donors, executive team, corporate and community leaders and development team. S/he will work in close alignment with the President and CEO, operations, marketing, community impact, finance and regional office leads to ensure that the messages are consistent to all constituents, including donors and potential donors. The SVP will have an inspirational approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from stakeholders. S/he will be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with all constituents and successfully convey UWMC’s objectives. As a system wide enterprise leader, the SVP will build upon the team-oriented approach that will result in a stronger internal culture of philanthropy organization-wide. S/he will build bridges and engage colleagues interdepartmentally.

A Passion for the Mission

The SVP will have a passion for the United Way mission and a commitment to Chicago’s diverse communities and the people they serve. S/he will embrace the United Way’s culture, while continually innovating to help expand its brand and reach. The SVP will be an empathic, charismatic leader who has strong faith in humanity and treats others with respect. S/he will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


Alison P. Ranney, Marissa Martin, and Melanie Damm of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Marissa and Melanie directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit