DATE: Thurs., April 21, 2016
LOCATION: Alumni Hall (VC 112), Victoria College, University of Toronto, 91 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M5S1K6 ~ MAP
TIME: 8 a.m. Continental breakfast and networking / 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Presentation
COST: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $45.00 (+ HST)


If you are looking for your next career move, before you do, think about what non-profit employers are looking for in candidates today; what attributes, competencies and preferred working styles are considered most important in their organization? How do they decide to hire you?

Equally important though, is what a candidate values when making his/her next career move. In today’s non-profit environment of continuous high turnover amongst fundraisers, it’s in no one’s best interest to maintain the turnover levels we are experiencing. Candidates are becoming more particular about the ideal environment in which they can thrive.

For employers – turnover in a position costs the organization precious donor dollars and a lot of frustration. Candidates with too many short stints in a row can render them unmarketable. The truth is that sometimes neither party is asking the right questions of each other.

In this interactive session, led by a non-profit executive search professional and a non-profit leader, we will share current and most common attributes employers are seeking in their talent and how they determine this. Also explored will be how today’s candidates determine if the opportunity and organization is right for them.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the key attributes & competencies employers are looking for when hiring professional fundraisers today. What’s changing and why?
  • Learn about the 5 most common questions candidates are asking prospective NFP employers today.
  • Best advice for you in your search.
  • Best advice for you as a hiring manager.

Approved for 1.5 CFRE points

Deborah Legrove, CFRE



As the President of crawfordconnect, Ms. Legrove’s goal is to help Canada’s nonprofit organizations make positive changes to our world.

Since 1999 she has been connecting Canada’s charities and nonprofits with executives, managers and fundraisers who have the experience, skills and confidence that enable these organizations to achieve their objectives.

To each valued client relationship, Ms. Legrove brings more than 25 years of experience with numerous nonprofits and charities as an executive, fundraiser, consultant and volunteer. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare foundation and advised senior leadership in multiple complex capital campaigns in both Canada and the USA

An active volunteer in the nonprofit sector, she currently sits on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. She has served on the boards of organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter, The Dorothy Ley Hospice and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

Ms. Legrove is a popular speaker and writer, frequently called upon by nonprofit organizations and groups to share her insights regarding leadership search, retention and sustainability. In 1996, she won the International Effective Speaking Competition with the Junior Chamber International.

Ms. Legrove is married and is the mother of two fabulous 15 year old boys.

Gary Sim, MBA, CFRE

President & CEO

The L’Arche Canada Foundation

As President & CEO of The L’Arche Canada Foundation, Gary is responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the largest organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in Canada. Prior to joining L’Arche, Gary served as President of The Reena Foundation for thirteen years where he converted that organization from a small events focused fundraising entity to a major player in the intellectual disability sector with a well- rounded and powerful fundraising portfolio. Prior to Reena, Gary served as President of such fundraising powerhouses as The Toronto Public Library Foundation, Havergal College Foundation, North York General Hospital Foundation and Baycrest Centre Foundation. Over these assignments Gary has overseen the raising of over $200 million in capital and endowment campaigns and the re-engineering of five organizations. Prior to his social profit career, Gary was in brand management at Nabisco Brands, Pillsbury and American Express. Gary graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Gary and his wife live on a horse farm in Schomberg, Ontario.