The job conducts biographical and financial research on individuals, corporations, and/or foundations to support fundraising. Identifies prospective donors using research and analysis through use of standard procedures. Forecasts and measures the effectiveness of the fiscal year and overall campaign progress, which will help employees in the job acquire higher-level knowledge and skills.
- Improves the depth and quality of the University’s pool by leveraging internal data and publicly available information to ascertain donor interests and financial capacity.
- Partners with fundraisers and Prospect Development teams to efficiently help principal gift donors find the path to a rewarding philanthropic relationship with the University of Chicago.
- Using diverse tools and resources, employs financial and biographical research methods to ensure that fundraisers are engaged in the most value-added activities, and prospects receive the requisite attention and cultivation.
- Reviews, analyzes, and synthesizes information about individuals and groups of donors to assess philanthropic capacity and inform fundraising strategy.
- Actively monitors news publications, tying developments and trends back to work being done by the University.
- Creates briefing materials for the University President and senior leaders across the organization.
- Proofs and edits colleagues’ documents in accordance with team standards.
- Provides research and strategy support to the Principal Gifts team and develops deep understanding and knowledge of the principal gifts pool.
- Conducts audits and maintains data, especially as it relates to the top of the prospect pyramid.
- Participates in efforts to educate ARD colleagues on prospect research, the nature of wealth as it relates to philanthropy, and the University’s prospect pool.
- Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
- Develops, maintains, and updates information on new and existing prospects, solving problems as they arise.
- May provide guidance to analysts, train staff members on fundraising, report writing, and research.