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Throughout the year, Delta Institute offers internships for individuals who can help advance Delta’s mission, while gaining hands-on experience and skill development.

There are currently no internship opportunities at Delta Institute.


Chicago, IL


Thriving Communities. Thriving Landscapes. Action and impact are core to Delta as we strive to
create a Midwest and Great Lakes region with a healthy environment, robust economy, and vibrant
communities. Delta creates programs that show how policies, ideas, and resources can be
harnessed for a more sustainable and resilient region. We take a systems view on how businesses,
communities, and government and are impacted by the environment and economy, and create
comprehensive solutions that pull these pieces together. Delta is proud to have a multidisciplinary
team, and we strive to attract a diversity of experience, skillsets, and perspectives to enable us to
challenge assumptions and create new approaches to long-standing problems.

The RFP process deadline will be February 19, 2018. All submittals are due by 5pm CST.

Any contract awarded pursuant to this RFP solicitation shall be for a contract period up to one
month. The contract will be made on the basis of the RFP requirements. The contract compensation
will be up to $5,000.

What an opportunity. As Delta Institute embarks on its 20th anniversary, we look to expand our
reach and impact. Our strategic plan outlines a robust growth plan that requires a diversification of
Delta’s revenue for continued impact and success. While we have had consistent growth within our
portfolio and revenue streams with a nontraditional approach to fundraising over the years, Delta
wants to deepen its relationships within the foundations, corporations and individual giving areas.
We are in search of a consultant that will do the following:

  • Assess Delta’s current Development practices.
  • Assess Delta’s capacity in each of the following revenue areas:
    • Individual giving
    • Foundations
    • Corporate
    • Major Gifts
    • Sponsorships and Special Events
  • Assess Delta’s Board of Directors capacity for giving.
  • Recommendations and plan creation of capacity building in each area identified.
  • Recommendations and plan creation for CEO involvement in development (fundraising)
  • Recommendations and plan creation for Board of Directors and Associate Board of
    Directors involvement in development (fundraising) process.
  • Outline specific realistic fundraising targets, objectives, and aspirations.
  • Provide prospect list for each revenue area.
  • Create a draft of tasks and duties for a senior development role for July 2018 hire.

A minimum of 10 years professional fundraising and development experience, cultivating and
managing relationships with multiple donor sources as well as events.
Demonstrated ability to develop, articulate, and implement a strategic development plan with
demonstrated success in individual giving, special events, and corporate and foundation
philanthropy as well as public grants.Demonstrated ability to work with organizations to advance their development and fundraising
Ability to be professionally creative in articulating “what the ask is.”

RFP responses should be one pdf. It must be submitted via email sent to Respondents are advised to adhere to the Submittal Requirements. Failure to comply with the instructions of this RFP will be cause for rejection of submittals. Delta reserves the right to seek additional information to clarify responses to this RFP. Each response must include the following:

  • Letter of Interest – cover letter that includes the principal place of business and the contact
    person, title, telephone/fax numbers and email address; a brief summary of the qualifications
    of the respondent and team; description of organization.
  • Main Proposal – which includes the following:
    • Years of relevant experience and detailed qualifications
    • Workplan and task list
    • Timeline
    • References

No phone calls please.