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Major Gift Officer, World Relief Canada

World Relief Canada – We’re Christians passionate about ending poverty.

We’re following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local churches across the Global South to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops.

For 45 years, thousands of Canadians and churches have chosen World Relief Canada to see hope restored, and empowerment offered to impoverished communities.

World Relief Canada is going through a growth phase and looking to expand its reach and impact. The chosen candidate for this role will have a vital role in that growth, working alongside a fundraising President.

Location:                     Toronto, preferred

Position type:              Full-time

Available:                   Immediately. The position will remain open until the right candidate is found.

Who should apply

World Relief Canada is intent on finding the right person and will consider a broad range of applicants.

  • Key fundraising skills and relevant experience are important, but so is the ability to play a significant role in a small, energetic close-working team.
  • Temperament, fit with the team, organizational culture, and enthusiasm are vital, as is the potential to become highly committed to helping transform the lives of people battling hunger, injustice, and poverty.
  • Since this person will be the face of World Relief Canada to many major donors, the ability to own and represent the mission and vision is paramount.
  • The ideal candidate will already be an experienced major gift fundraiser with a passion for international relief and development and who can fit well with our people and constituents.
  • She or he can take responsibility and initiative, can ask others for a decision, and would find it satisfying and motivating to collaborate with a team making a difference for some of the poorest people in the world.

World Relief Canada will consider candidates whose needed skills and experience may differ from the ideal. Such candidates must have relevant skills, as well as the drive to succeed.


  • 3-5 years experience in a fundraising environment with demonstrated success in major gifts fundraising: College diploma or University degree preferred.
  • Experience supporting and motivating senior volunteers.
  • Experience soliciting and securing five-and-six-figure-plus major gifts.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database use
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other data tracking programs as a means of administrating donors and gifts. World Relief Canada uses Raisers Edge and NXT
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle with the ability to travel is required

Must demonstrate the following:

  • Flexibility and the ability to function as a team player
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, to successfully interact with external customers and staff within the organization
  • Strong interpersonal, customer service, problem solving and planning skills are required
  • Self-starter, capable of identifying the need for and taking independent action
  • Demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment as well as independently
  • Ability to develop cooperative working relationships
  • Skilled in public speaking; able to engage diverse audiences
  • A skilled communicator for business case development (donor proposals)

To apply please do NOT contact World Relief Canada directly. Apply by email only, with cover letter and attached resume, to KMA Consultants will respond to every applicant.

Your cover letter should include a description of:

  1. How you would integrate your faith with this role
  2. An overview of your related education and experience
  3. Your approach to successfully developing funds to help World Relief fulfill its vision.

World Relief Canada is committed to the protection of children; all offers of employment will be conditional upon the successful completion of reference checks and a Police background check. Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the core values and Christian mission of World Relief Canada.

All of the above responsibilities are to be conducted in a professional manner. They require attention to professional standards; Christian faith, morality and integrity; and positive interpersonal relationships.

World Relief Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please Note that World Relief Canada will be renamed Tearfund Canada, effective January 1st, 2017. To learn more about World Relief Canada, visit 

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Manager of Philanthropy, Meadowridge School

Our mission: Learning to live well, with others and for others,
in a just community.

Founded in 1985, Meadowridge School is independent IB continuum school. We offer junior kindergarten to Grade 12 to over 600 students on our beautiful 27-acre campus in Maple Ridge, BC. Our staff and students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and represent over 30 countries.

We are seeking to fill the newly created role of Manager of Philanthropy. Reporting to the Director of Development this position will be responsible for the Annual Fund, event sponsorships, donor relations and stewardship. Working with the Advancement team, this position will support senior leaders and volunteers in the development and launch of a capital campaign which will mark a significant milestone in our School’s history.

As this position will play a key role in engaging our Mandarin speaking families in our school community and fundraising, fluency in written and spoken Mandarin is required.

Employment at Meadowridge School is an opportunity to join a welcoming community of students, parents, teachers, and staff. We have a vibrant and lively campus where every day is different. The advancement team is a creative environment in which we support and learn from each other.

Specific Accountabilities 

  • Create an annual fund development plan and execute activities from the plan.
  • Support the prospect development process (identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship) of individuals and organizations that are major or planned gifts prospects.
  • Responsible for the management of a personal portfolio of prospects.
  • Solicit individual and corporate sponsorships for our annual gala, annual golf tournament, and other events.
  • Coordinate data analysis and the preparation of reports.
  • Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.
  • Coordinate and implement an integrated stewardship program.
  • Oversee processing, receipting, and acknowledgment of gifts on a timely basis.
  • Support the School in communicating with and engaging Mandarin speaking families at Open House and other events, on social media; during the admissions process and for all fundraising activities.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills 

  • Fluency in Mandarin – written and spoken.
  • Relevant fund development experience, with demonstrated judgment and leadership in both fundraising and administrative matters.
  • Excellent experience working with volunteers in a fund development role.
  • A demonstrated track record of experience in/with identifying, engaging and soliciting donors.
  • Experience in various types of prospect research, stewardship, special events, and communications.
  • Commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards of the profession.
  • Demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness, problem-solving abilities and results orientation.
  • Experience writing effective fund development materials, including a Case for Support and other documents and materials used for engagement and solicitation.
  • Experience developing an overarching annual fund development plan.
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Assessing progress against the fund development plan and recommending adjustments to activity and targets as appropriate.
  • Organized, enthusiastic, innovative and able to deal with ambiguity and tight deadlines while working effectively in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of fund development best practices and sector standards.
  • Knowledge of tax laws and how these laws apply to the School in gifting, fund development, etc.
  • Ability to work with all levels of an organization.
  • Proven relationship-building skills.
  • Solid presentations skills.
  • Understanding of best practices in the assessment and measurement of fund development initiatives and campaigns.
  • Effective coaching skills.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to build an organization through effective recruitment, training and motivation.


  • Initiates and completes processes that achieve new, unique or challenging objectives.
  • Establishes goals and achieve increases in organizational effectiveness.
  • Advocates and exhibits excellent customer service internally and externally.
  • Welcomes a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Creative thinker.
  • Accepts ownership and accountability and possesses a high level of integrity.
  • Outgoing and engaging.
  • Establish, develop and maintain new and ongoing partnerships external stakeholder groups.
  • Propose, when appropriate, strategic partnerships with stakeholders as it relates to the development office.
  • Passionate about education and philanthropy.

For more information, or to apply in confidence please contact:

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.