The Salvation Army - Metropolitan Division

The Salvation Army - Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters

Development Department - Grant Writing Volunteer

Activity Summary:

The Grant Writing Volunteer provides an opportunity to gain insight into the not-for-profit sector.  Volunteers will need strong writing and research skills, above-entry-level skills in prospect research, grant writing, and donor relations. This position is based out of the Foundation Relations Department but will also interact with the entire Development Department including Corporate Relations, Major Gifts, Donor Relations, and Communications. This position reports to the Manager of Grants & Research, with oversight by the Director of Foundation Relations.

This volunteer position will provide an interactive experience of Chicago’s philanthropic community. The volunteer will gain an understanding of how grant making and grant writing work, will be immersed in the cycle of grant writing, and will develop professional writing skills and competencies in donor relations.

  1. Assist with the writing and development of proposals and reports
  2. Assist with research of current and prospective donors
  3. Assist with needs analysis for program requests
  4. Compile demographic data as needed for grants
  5. Keep files current with contact information and submissions


  • Undergraduate/Graduate student or degreed professional preferred
  • Strong writing skills, with emphasis on turning research into story telling
  • Highly organized and professional
  • Previous experience in grant research and writing a plus
  • Ability to self-motivate and stay on task
  • Availability to work at least 20 flexible hours per week
  • Pass a screening/interviewing process


Clothing must be respectful as you will be representing The Salvation Army. Pants and shirts must cover the waistband. We ask that you refrain from wearing tank tops, undershirts, halter tops, crop tops, spaghetti straps and strapless tops. Shirts with print are not to be offensive. Transparent, tight or form fitting clothes are not permitted. Skirt/dresses must not be worn more than two inches above the knee. Business casual dress would be appreciated for this office position.


Interested volunteers should complete the volunteer application by clicking the “Sign Up” button. Then please send a cover letter and resume to our Volunteer Coordinator at

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