Featured Career Opportunity: Philanthropy Officer, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

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Philanthropy Officer, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, April 2014


Creating a better world for children by inspiring philanthropy. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) works with thousands of individual and corporate donors to advance child health by funding research, leadership recruitment, education and equipment and capital projects at three Vancouver-based facilities – BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, and Child & Family Research Institute.


The Philanthropy Officer, Major Gifts will be part of a team working under the general direction of the Director of Philanthropy and is responsible for implementing fundraising activities relating to major gift initiatives in order to sustain and deepen prospective and current donors’ commitment to the hospital’s highest priorities.

  • Donor Development: Actively manage a portfolio of 100 – 125 major gift prospects and donors. The Philanthropy Officer will plan and participate in the implementation of individual strategies for these prospects. This includes working collaboratively with other members of the Philanthropy team to coordinate strategies with assigned prospects, preparing tailored and personalized proposals, and actively participating in and occasionally taking the lead with cultivation events.
  • Stewardship: Within their overall portfolio, maintain a stewardship portfolio, ensuring that donors receive personalized correspondence, reports and updates in a timely and professional manner.
  • Record Keeping: Maintain and properly record information about prospects and donors utilizing centralized electronic filing system and database; report and monitor activity associated with his/her portfolio; produce briefing notes, solicitation plans and call reports to ensure that donor histories are part of the institution’s memory.
  • Relationship Management: Develop and maintain relationships with physicians, researchers and hospital staff; involve the appropriate colleagues across the hospital to coordinate and execute strategies.
  • Volunteer Management: Actively seek to identify volunteers for the major gift program, develops and implements recruitment strategies and once recruited, provide ongoing professional support to volunteers.
  • Philanthropy Advocate: Serves as an ambassador for the Foundation both within the hospital and larger community, consistently and convincingly demonstrating the role and importance of philanthropic support in advancing pediatric healthcare and research at BC Children’s Hospital.


This position requires an incumbent possessing a post-secondary degree or diploma, plus a minimum of 5 years’ experience in donor development, with a proven track record of securing gifts of $25,000 or more. The incumbent must also possess:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and professional presence necessary to interact with donors, senior volunteers, senior hospital staff and other stakeholders;
  • A demonstrated ability to identify and implement major gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies in support of funding priorities;
  • Excellent problem solving skills, business acumen, strategic aptitude and sound judgment;
  • Sound knowledge of the market place and donor base;
  • Exceptional and proven oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to efficiently organize and manage a diverse range of assignments while meeting multiple deadlines, along with thorough attention to all details and consistent with follow through;
  • Resourcefulness and independence, while remaining comfortable working within the framework of a collaborative, team-oriented environment;
  • Sound computer skills and experience with Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office applications applied to the preparation of proposals, reports and presentations;
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion;
  • A flexible schedule with allows for multiple after-hours events and meetings;
  • CFRE designation is an asset;
  • Fluency in Mandarin is an asset.


In addition to a nine-day fortnight and a commitment to professional development, we offer a dynamic team environment and a comprehensive compensation package including benefits.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply online at www.bcchf.ca/careersby 5:00 PM, Monday, April 28, 2014.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



Featured Career Opportunity: Manager of Major Gifts, Coast Mental Health Foundation

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Manager of Major Gifts, Coast Mental Health Foundation

About Coast Mental Health

Established in British Columbia as a non-profit organization in 1972, Coast is committed to enhancing the independence and quality of life of persons with mental illness by providing them with diverse opportunities for recovery and ways to lead independent, sustainable and meaningful lives.

We offer practical support like homeless outreach, food, clothing and supportive housing, as well as essential life skills, education, employment and rehabilitative social and recreational opportunities.

About this Position

As a key member of the Coast Mental Health Foundation team, the Manager of Major Gifts’ primary goal is implement the fundraising strategy, to secure revenue to grow the reach and capacity of services provided by the Coast Mental Health Society.   The ideal candidate is a fundraising generalist with proven success in donor development, cultivating major and planned gifts, grant writing and in hosting major fundraising events.

How to Apply

Coast offers a comprehensive benefits plan including a variety of options for extended medical, dental, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, pension and an Employee and Family Assistance program.

Please forward applications by May 9, 2014 to:

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Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.


Toronto: Humber College Fundraising Show

HumberProfessor Ken Wyman of Humber College’s Fundraising Management Graduate Program invites to a special afternoon to answer the question: What does the future of fundraising look like?

Fundraising Management Grad Students Portfolio Show
Date: Tues. 22 April
Time: 3-6 pm view without students present
6-9 pm with students present
Place: The Spoke Club 600 King St West Toronto

View the online show at http://thespecshow.com/#tags_cats=.fundraisers

No RSVP required.


Featured Career Opportunity: Major Gifts Officer, Havergal College

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Please download the full position prospectus here: Major Gifts Officer, Havergal College

Overview of Position

The Major Gifts Officer plays a key role in the development of Havergal’s major gift program. She/He provides support for the Principal, Executive Director, Advancement & Community Relations (A&CR), and for members of the Leadership Council of Havergal’s Board of Governors. The Major Gifts Officer is continually engaged in tasks related to donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manages all aspects of the planning and implementation of Havergal’s major gift program including: volunteer management; identification and assignment of prospects; major gift cultivation and solicitations; proposal, gift agreement and briefing document writing; recognition and stewardship; gift negotiation and reporting.
  • With the ED, manages the recruitment of influential volunteers for the school’s Leadership Council and other committees, and ensures that they are appropriately trained and supported.
  • With the Annual Giving Officer, monitors the maintenance of gift and pledge records, letters of thanks and reporting to key stakeholders.
  • Participates as a member of the A&CR team and performs all other duties as assigned.
  • The Major Gifts Officer will understand and perform his/her duties in accordance with the mission and values of Havergal College and work in a manner that will enhance the activities of the whole A&CR team. The Major Gifts Officer will serve on a number of internal and volunteer committees and will handle all information ethically, accurately and confidentially.

Qualified and interested candidates should forward applications by May 2nd, 2014 to:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

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No telephone calls please.