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Philanthropy Officer – Leadership Annual Giving, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation



To inspire support and funding for excellence in child health.

BC Children’s Hospital is one of the most recognized and highly regarded institutions in the province; 95 per cent of British Columbians are aware of our brand. Over the past decade, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, which supports the activities of the hospital (including its mental health and research programs) and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, has grown dramatically in terms of scope of activity and fundraising success. Since 2004-05 revenues have more than doubled, reaching $96.2 million in 2014-15. Today, following the successful completion of our $200-million capital campaign, we are building on our strengths in annual and major gift fundraising, and marketing and communications.

We are always on the lookout for more advocates for pediatric care and compelling storytellers to join our team. If you are committed to aligning donor interests with positive outcomes for children in BC and the Yukon, we want to hear from you. Come grow with us!


Reporting to the Senior Director, Philanthropy, you will develop plans and execute high-touch activities to advance BCCHF’s leadership annual giving program. You will be responsible for growing this program utilizing a broad range of activities, including direct response strategies, personal cultivation and solicitation, and essential partner involvement. You will also provide professional support and guidance to the Children’s Circle of Care Committee ($10,000 – $24,999).

In addition to program growth, you will also be responsible for building a bridge between the leadership annual giving and major gift programs by identifying donors, capable of commitments of $25,000 or more. Working with colleagues across the Foundation and fostering a strong spirit of collaboration in advancing leadership annual giving, you will lead and manage strategies across program boundaries.

More specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Program Management – Develop, implement and oversee annual marketing, stewardship and solicitation plans to increase revenue across all leadership donor levels with particular focus on donor acquisition, retention, and upgrading. Plan, organize, participate and evaluate effectiveness of a variety of solicitation programs and strategies designed to increase interest in and support of various BCCHF initiatives. Oversee the management of systems in order to assure accurate donor database and information systems to support leadership annual giving program. Prepare reports and statistical analysis to support the growth of the program. Work in coordination with Foundation teams to appropriately recognize and steward leadership annual donors. 
  • Volunteer Management – Identify and recruit volunteers for the Children’s Circle of Care Committee. Provide professional support and guidance to the Committee Chair. Ensure that all committee volunteers have clear roles and responsibilities and are engaged with and informed about the hospital. Create a positive experience for volunteers and implement a volunteer stewardship program that appropriately thanks and recognizes the Committee for their efforts.
  • Donor Development – Conduct cultivation, solicitation and stewardship visits with donors for whom face-to-face visits are the appropriate method. Manage a portfolio of leadership annual donors who require a higher level of attention. Achieve personal annual targets, including activation of donors, call counts and revenue results.
  • Pipeline Development – Identify and assist in cultivating individuals who can be included in the major gift prospect pool. Ensure the smooth transition of the relationship to the major gifts team.
  • Staff Supervision – Supervise, coach and mentor one support staff.
  • Philanthropy Advocate – Serve 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.


As the successful candidate, you will have a post-secondary degree in a related field and a minimum of 5 years of direct fundraising experience with a proven track record of success (or the equivalent acceptable combination of education and experience). Working towards a CFRE designation or possession of a CFRE designation is an asset.

Additionally, you demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in managing individual donor development programs
  • Knowledge of direct response and experience with personal ask and stewardship best practices
  • Proven experience in building relationships with donors and managing volunteers
  • Experience with MS Office and using databases to increase income from individual giving — experience with Raisers’ Edge is an asset
  • Ability to think creatively in relation to individual giving strategy and opportunities to promote giving programs
  • Excellent problem solving skills, business acumen, strategic aptitude and sound judgment
  • Proven success with working across teams in a collaborative and inclusive manner
  • Exceptional communication (oral and written), presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational and analytical skills


BCCHF’s employees have helped to create a work environment in which there is laughter, passion and pride. It is a place where people are respected, appreciated and recognized for their individual and team efforts. We see our employees as our most valuable resource, and we work hard to ensure that employees continue to work in a collaborative and positive environment. As a result, we are proud to state that we have been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for 7 years in a row!

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 by Monday, August 1st, 2016

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

Please mention that you saw this career opportunity on Phil’s Careers Blog – Fundraising ONLY!

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Today’s PD Opportunities




Advancement Officer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2 Positions)


KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is seeking an Advancement Officer. This full-time regular position is located in our Surrey campus.

Reporting to the Director of Advancement and lead by the Executive Director of Advancement and CEO of the KPU Foundation, the Advancement Officer will join a team of Advancement Officers responsible for fundraising across all faculties and campuses of KPU. Working with the Advancement Office and University team, yet ultimately responsible for the creation, implementation, management and evaluation of a proactive program that will secure internal and external support for the university and its students.

The Advancement Officer is responsible for implementing fund raising plans covering multiple programs with a focus on major gifts fundraising. In consultation with the Director of Advancement, this will include cultivation and donor recognition programs, ensuring appropriate cash management processes are maintained; preparing communication and budget materials as they relate to the program area. Assisting the Director of Advancement in administrative activities (budget, evaluation of fund raising programs, etc.).

Minimum qualifications for this position include Bachelor’s degree or an acceptable combination of education and training, and minimum three years related major gifts fundraising experience; an understanding of and respect for the values and culture of a university environment; strong working knowledge of routine office systems and procedures with a focus on customer service and relations; the ability to work independently under minimal supervision and demonstrated ability to establish priorities to achieve assigned deadlines and work as an active team player.

We are seeking someone who is a self-starter who is able to exercise a high level of initiative and responsibility, work independently, establish priorities and meet deadlines. In addition, the successful candidate will be fluent with Raisers Edge, MS Office Suite, and have current driver’s license and automobile is required for this role.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For more information or to apply in confidence please contact:

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Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

Senior Grant Writer, Science World British Columbia



Science World British Columbia is a charitable organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.

Position Description:

As a member of the Development Team, this position encompasses the role of an experienced Grant Writer and a Prospect Researcher, and is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to raise private and public sector funds, conduct research for new funding sources and persuasively educate and activate the philanthropic community on the importance of Science World’s programs to potential funders and donors. Reporting to the Vice President, Development, the Senior Grant Writer will submit grant requests, establish and maintain relationships with foundation and government contacts, conduct prospect research for the team and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines for all current and future grants.

The Senior Grant Writer will work closely with the Development team in writing proposals, cases for support, backgrounders, and other strategic donor communications while developing financial and activity targets for her/his portfolio ensuring current database and record maintenance.

The ideal candidate will have a strong familiarity with foundation and grant preparation along with a track record of success in securing and stewarding donor support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Researches grant opportunities for municipal, provincial, federal, corporate, and private/public/family foundations
  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to research, prepare, write and submit, and manage grant proposals to all potential funding sources
  • Prepares and submits grant requests, including letters of inquiry, proposals, budgets and presentations
  • Develops an annual work plan that includes strategies for growth, activities, financial targets and timelines
  • Establishes and maintains personal contact and relationships with funders
  • Ensures prompt acknowledgement of government and foundation gifts, individual contribution letters and all donation acknowledgements
  • Maintains a current calendar and records in Raiser’s Edge to track activities, manage pipeline, and report on status
  • Prioritizes projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Tracks statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship
  • Liaises with the other Science World internal departments as needed for proposal preparation
  • Conducts prospect research for other team members and stays current on prospective donors and the marketplace
  • Prepares briefing and debriefing notes for donor/prospect calls
  • Participates in overall department strategies to continue to enhance overall donor relations
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of fundraising and stewardship events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • University degree in Communications, English, Writing or a related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years fundraising experience
  • A least 3 years’ direct grant writing experience for charity or not-for-profit sector with a record of success in growing annual donation revenue through successful grant submissions
  • Strong research skill is a must
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong ability to write clear, structure, articulate, compelling and persuasive grants
  • Strong fundraising writing, editing and excellent grammar skills
  • Sound knowledge of fundraising, donor cycle strategies, and capital campaigns
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational and planning abilities
  • Able to manage multiple projects, timelines, and priorities with proven success
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient in MS Office programs, fundraising and research databases (Raisers Edge, Grant Connect, Noza) and in conducting internet research

– All offers are subject to satisfactory completion of reference and police criminal record checks –

Please apply by Monday, July 25th via the Science World careers portal:

* We would like to thank all candidates. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. *

Please mention that you saw this career opportunity on Phil’s Careers Blog – Fundraising ONLY!

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