Apply for the Impact Marketing and Fundraising Fellowship This Summer
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  • Develop skills in digital marketing (social media and email), brand strategy, graphic design, client communications, fundraising and personal branding
  • Learn what it takes to be successful in a client-facing role by leading a project, running a campaign and offboarding a client
  • Learn how to use new digital marketing and fundraising tools that will equip you for success in future positions
  • Work collaboratively with another UIUC student to fundraise for impact organizations in areas like education, homelessness, environmental sustainability, hunger and more
  • Receive a stipend or scholarship for your work (total amount to be determined)
  • Network with digital marketing and social impact professionals and receive invaluable career and personal advice to grow your career
  • Give back in local communities when social impact has never been more important
  • Interest in marketing, fundraising and social impact
  • Capacity to work 30 hours for the first two weeks of training and then commit to 10-15 hours per week following (schedule can be flexible)
  • Not working another full-time job or internship (part-time positions are okay)
  • Being a self-starter who can handle occasionally vague directions
  • Exceptional communication skills and a willingness to learn many new skills
  • Work with two University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and one nonprofit consultant serving as their mentor who will develop a pro bono fundraising campaign for Black Philanthropy Month
  • Receive a content calendar of social media posts and emails to deploy throughout the campaign
  • Have a chance to receive thousands in additional donations thanks to our financial sponsor, Givebutter
  • Collaborate with the students to apply for the Awesome Foundation grant, an unrestricted, easy-to-apply-for $1,000 grant
  • Be invited to learn fundraising and digital marketing best practices at our training sessions with nonprofit experts
  • Nonprofit supporting Black communities in the Chicagoland area
  • Agree to use Givebutter platform for the entirety of the campaign (Organization is not required to permanently migrate to Givebutter after the campaign concludes. Demo and training provided)
  • Ability to provide feedback on student’s work and attend weekly meetings (expected commitment 3-5 hours per week)
  • Availability needed from mid-June-end of August
  • Clear, consistent and constructive communication with the students and mentors
  • A genuine need for fundraising support to expand your impact in the communities you serve
  • Serve as the mentor for two University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students as they develop a digital fundraising campaign for a nonprofit leading up to Black Philanthropy Month in August 
  • Serve as strategic counsel for the students who will need support with fundraising strategy, storytelling, digital marketing best practices and client communication 
  • Attend meetings with the students and nonprofit 
  • Provide career guidance to your mentees
  • Experience working in the nonprofit and social impact sectors is preferred (fundraising and/or marketing experience is also preferred)
  • Ability to provide feedback on student’s work and attend weekly meetings (expected commitment 1-3 hours per week)
  • Clear, consistent and constructive communication with the students (you will not be point of contact for the nonprofit)
  • A passion to support the next generation of mission-driven leaders who will soon join the workforce
  • Previous Covalent mentors will also be considered

IMFF Summer Timeline

Applications Open
Applications Close
Week 1
Cohort Training Week 1
  • 6/13: Nonprofits & Fundraising 101 (In Person - Chicago)
  • 6/14: Consulting 101 & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • 6/15: Fundraising Campaigns and Appeals
  • 6/16: Fundraising Copywriting
  • 6/17: Email Campaigns
Week 2
Cohort Training Week 2
  • 6/20: Intro to Givebutter
  • 6/14: Mastering Canva Design
  • 6/15: Social Media Marketing
  • 6/16: Nonprofit Advertising & Video Marketing
  • 6/17: Careers in Nonprofits
Week 3
6/27/22 – 7/1/22
Client and Landscape Assessment

Objectives: 1) Fellows review their nonprofit’s materials and research the local nonprofit landscape specific to their organization’s focus (i.e. early childhood education) 2) Nonprofits onboard to Givebutter 

Weeks 4-5
Marketing and Fundraising Strategy Development

Objectives: 1) Nonprofits and fellows outline goals for the fundraiser  2) Fellows support nonprofits in onboarding to Givebutter 3) Develop fundraising strategy and messaging around the campaign

Week 6-7
7/18/22 – 7/29/22
Content Development

Objective: Fellows develop digital marketing and fundraising content ahead of Black Philanthropy Month

Week 8-9
Campaign Launches / Black Philanthropy Month Begins

Objective: Campaign launches and nonprofit begins deploying social media and emails

Week 10
8/15/22 – 8/19/22
Fellow Off-Boarding / Campaign Continues

Objective: Fellows will ensure nonprofits have everything needed to continue running the fundraising campaign through August

End of August
Fundraising Competition

As Black Philanthropy Month nears conclusion, one of our sponsors will donate to the top fundraising campaigns and IMFF will honor the fellows who supported those campaigns