Development Officer, Major Gifts & Grants (Full-time, Permanent) - Community Food Centres Canada

Mar 10, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Development Officer, Major Gifts & Grants (Full-time, Permanent)

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Senior Specialist, Grants & Proposals

Hiring Range: $60,000-$65,000, including a benefits plan, pension plan, 3 weeks paid vacation and professional development opportunities 

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is a national non-profit organization that builds health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food. We believe food can bring people together to build skills and improve physical and mental health, and create the opportunity for greater equity and social change. We provide ideas, resources and a proven approach to partner organizations so they can establish responsive, financially stable Community Food Centres that support people to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. Our vision is a Canada that treats food as a basic human right.

CFCC is growing to support its ambition to develop community food centres in 20 communities across Canada, innovate new approaches to addressing food insecurity and advocate for positive change for low-income communities.

CFCC is seeking a Development Officer who builds philanthropic relationships and generates fundraising revenue.

CFCC is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities by arranging for any necessary accommodations.


  • Build and manage a portfolio of 75-100 relationships with prospects and donors, including individuals, families, foundations and corporations

  • Develop and execute donor cultivation plans, solicitation strategies and stewardship journeys for gifts of $10,000 - $100,000

  • Achieve an annual revenue target starting at $500,000

  • Contribute to the development of donor communication materials including proposals, gift agreements and impact reports

  • Prepare call reports and update SalesForce to reflect all fundraising activity including call outcomes, actions, notes, intelligence, relationship connections 

  • Participate in pipeline meetings to review achievements and productivity and identify areas that require additional supports

  • Promptly execute thank you calls, letters and other stewardship communications

  • Achieve key performance metrics including discovery calls, cultivation & engagement activities solicitations and stewardship activities

  • Collaborate with the Development team to identify opportunities and execute initiatives to diversify CFCC’s donor base and enhance donor engagement

  • Be highly effective at working independently and exceptional at being a team player, with a proactive approach and a strong commitment to success

  • Align with CFCC values and contribute to the evolution of our culture, and a work environment that is grounded in collaboration, equity, respect, innovation and transparent communication

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, with a least two years 
    of frontline major gifts experience

  • Strong relationship-building skills, with a demonstrated track record of closing gifts at the $10,000+ level

  • Ability to effectively communicate the vision and key messages of Community Food Centres Canada

  • Good proposal writing skills

  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively as part of a team

  • Ability to use sound judgement, maintain discretion, and navigate sensitive situations with integrity and flexibility

  • Proficiency with Salesforce or similar CRM 

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of related education and experience; fundraising education preferred

  • Knowledge of the Canadian charitable sector, including fundraising best practices and emerging trends, and a demonstrated commitment to professional growth

Why work for us?

We offer:

➔ Comprehensive benefits package including extended health, short and long-term disability insurance, membership in a defined benefit pension plan, 15 paid vacation days in your first year, increasing to 20 paid vacation days in your second year of employment and professional development opportunities

➔ a culture of mutual support where staff cook and eat together, and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive Canada

➔ an opportunity to be part of a movement building health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food

How to apply:

To apply, please scroll up and click Apply Now. Please skip the Professional Details and Skills section and attach your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please share what you think makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Posting closes March 10, 2021. Only those applicants being considered will be contacted. If you require any accommodations, please email Thank you for your interest in CFCC.

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