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Director of Philanthropy (Full time, Permanent) - Community Food Centres Canada

Jan 01, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Director of Philanthropy (Full time, Permanent)

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Chief Development & Communications Officer

Hiring Range: $90,000 - $100,000, plus 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 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’s strategic plan aims to have community food centres in 20 communities across Canada, to innovate new approaches to addressing food insecurity and advocate for positive change for low-income communities. To support this growth, we seek to increase revenues from $8M to $10M annually, to evolve from a founder-led fundraising program and to build a national base of philanthropic support. In addition to its annual revenue goals, CFCC has undertaken a $10M capital campaign.

CFCC is seeking an experienced fundraiser to lead and grow CFCC’s major gifts & grants program. Reporting to the Chief Development & Communications Officer, the Director of Philanthropy will work collaboratively with the Director of Communications and the Senior Manager, Community Giving & Operations to lead, inspire and support the DevComms team towards its ambitious goals. They will also serve as a member of CFCC’s cross-functional Senior Management Team (SMT). 

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.


Planning, Strategy, Reporting (10%)

  • Provide strategy and leadership for the major gifts & grants program, including individual and family foundations, corporate donations & sponsorships, grantmaking foundations and government grants for both annual and capital program objectives

  • Establish the annual major gifts plan, budget and revenue goals in collaboration with CDCO

  • Collaborate with CDCO to achieve capital campaign objectives

  • Work with senior leadership to identify restricted and unrestricted funding opportunities

  • Provide timely reporting on progress towards financial and non-financial objectives

Team & Program Management (40%)

  • Coach and manage a team of five fundraising professionals, including accountability for the major gift & grant team’s annual revenue goals

  • Strategic oversight and management of prospect research, prospect management, major donor communications, donor engagement and stewardship to support major gift program objectives 

  • Oversee development of case and stewardship materials, collaborating with Communications and/or external partners as required

  • Serve as strategist and prospect manager for CEO and CDCO

  • Contribute to the development of an equity-focused, community-centric culture of philanthropy at CFCC, including initiatives to diversify CFCC’s donor base

  • Play a leadership role in the evolution of CFCC’s culture, and a work environment that is grounded in collaboration, respect, innovation and transparency

Major Gift Fundraising (50%)

  • Individual accountability for a pipeline of 75-100 donors and sponsors and an annual revenue goal established with the CDCO (beginning at $2M, with annual progression).

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience leading and growing a major gifts program with direct revenue accountability

  • Strong relationship building and negotiation skills, with a demonstrated track record of securing commitments greater than $500K+

  • Experience designing and delivering effective corporate partnerships and sponsorships

  • Proven people leadership and management experience with staff and senior volunteers

  • Demonstrated financial literacy with budgeting and reporting

  • Experience with funding priority, case for support and proposal development

  • Understanding of database management and prospect management systems to support major gift fundraising

  • Track record of collaborating with internal and external stakeholders toward shared goals

  • A post secondary degree in a related field; fundraising education an asset

  • 10+ years relevant experience; background in social change philanthropy an asset  

  • 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:

➔ a comprehensive benefits package, a pension plan, three weeks paid vacation 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 click "Apply Now" through this link. 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, referencing the required qualifications and experience. Posting closes Wednesday November 18 at 11:59pm. 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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