Cara Collective

About Cara Collective

Cara Collective seeks to fuel a courageous national movement to eradicate relational and financial poverty. Through our four entities – Cara, Cleanslate, Cara Connects, and Cara Plus – we engage job seekers, employers, and other organizations across the country to break the cycle of poverty through the power and purpose of employment.  

 At present, we produce 1,000 jobs each year, at one-year retention rates for their permanent placements over 20 points higher than national norms, and with over 80% of employed participants moving on to permanent housing in which their families can thrive. 

Our results don’t just end with employment. We also maintain market-competitive businesses that create gateway jobs for those they serve, and produce a profound social return on investment, where for every dollar invested in this work, $5.97 is re-invested in society over a five-year time horizon. The work is important not only because of its clear goal of bringing individuals in need back to the dignity and the productivity of employment, but because of its clear mission to transform people’s lives. Families become stronger, relationships are healed, and communities become more vibrant because nothing gives you a positive outlook on life like a job. 

Today, we take the insights gained over the last three decades to not only serve a growing number of jobseekers locally, but also to equip other organizations and employers nationally with the tools and practices to build a more inclusive economy. Our hope is that as more jobseekers get back to work, and more employers realize the value of this untapped workforce, we will not only shift the narrative of what talent looks like in our country, we will also ensure thousands more families realize the lasting power of hope, jobs, and opportunity.  

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May 16, 2022  
About the Role The Chief Philanthropy Officer serves as a member of the executive management team and is the lead curator of donor experiences at Cara Collective. Leading with equity, the Chief Philanthropy Officer is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive donor relations strategy to maximize fundraising from institutional partners, events and individual donors. Reports to President & CEO Outcomes The Chief Philanthropy Officer takes primary responsibility for several key areas of fundraising: individual relationship development with major gift donors, event strategy and execution (4 large events annually), and foundation and corporate grants. The role also oversees the marketing and communications of the enterprise alongside key leadership.  Responsibilities The essential activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the job.   Fundraising Development, Marketing, and...
Cara Collective 237 South Desplaines Street, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time