Caroline Bilicki

Communities United

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Communities United


As grant writer at Haymarket Center, a $21M social service agency, Caroline executes strategy and oversees the writing process for 60+ government grants annually. She builds capacity for the agency’s grantseeking and fundraising activities through the development of case statements, management bios, program descriptions and budgets, linkage agreements, website copy, and other written content. Previously, Caroline served as development associate at Illinois Legal Aid Online, a generalist fundraising position comprising both grantwriting and management, event planning, communications, donation processing, mailings, and management of the agency’s 35+ member junior board. Caroline began her nonprofit development career as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Legal Council for Health Justice, where she managed and facilitated short-term projects to support grantwriting, policy development, program evaluation and reporting, event planning, and strategic planning.

These experiences build on over a decade of persuasive writing and project management for corporate clients. Caroline managed operational process for, and sales process and proposal content for ComPsych, Qvidian, NETg, and SmartForce. A strong critical thinker, she excels at research, writing, analysis, and organization.

Caroline enjoys learning new things, building relationships, and executing projects. She is a passionate volunteer and curious introvert, persistent, patient, and attentive to details. In November 2014, she co-authored a position paper with the Raise Your Hand Coalition: A Guide to Talking About High-Quality Education: What do all kids need for strong schools? She served for three terms on the Local School Council of Disney II Magnet School, one term as Disney II PTA president, and three terms as chair of the Disney II Educational Foundation’s annual auction. She currently serves on the Associates Board of 826CHI, a nonprofit literacy program for Chicago students.

Caroline earned a Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a certificate in editing from the Extension campus of the University of California at Berkeley.