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Development Services VISTA

Greater Chicago Food Depository
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The VISTA will function as an integral member of the Development Services Team. They will rotate through key tasks: Importing Data, preparing Gifts for committal to the database, correcting Coding Errors, preparing Reports, and responding to Donor Inquiries via Phone & Email.

Service Activities

• Training with the Development Team to learn the importance of development in organizational capacity building.
• The VISTA will contribute to the Development Team's data management and presentation projects.
• The VISTA will work to identify new systems and software that will contribute to capacity building and organizational sustainability in FY23.
•The VISTA will learn about how we use data to Measure Performance, better understand the Impact of our Solicitation and Marketing Activities, Detect and Predict Trends in Giving, and make decisions about Future Activities, Budgets, and Staffing Needs.
•The VISTA will learn how to software like Raiser's Edge, RE:NXT, Luminate Online, Import-O-Matic, and StratusLive.

Community Need Addressed

The Hunger Action Corps VISTA project seeks to alleviate poverty by increasing access to nutritious food. It will benefit more than 25 schools and 5000 children, and 300 food distribution sites. VISTAs will build capacity by aiding school-based nutrition throughout Illinois, supporting the growth of current programs, and engaging community members to increase long term investment in school meals. They will also develop and grow resources and partnerships to provide nutrition education to clients at distribution sites. Internally they will improve efficiency in organizational development services. VISTAs’ work will have direct and measurable impact on the health and wellbeing of thousands of individuals, and overall food security.

Position Outcomes

The VISTA member will gain skills in donor services and development. This will include skills in coding, data management, report creation and communication.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

project management, donor services, nonprofit operations, program development and logistics, knowledge of Cook County community and food insecurity issues

Competencies You Will Develop

Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel
Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 3

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