Posted On: 2017-05-10
Closing On: 2017-06-12
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description


The 519, an agency of the City of Toronto, is seeking an open-minded, collaborative and seasoned fundraiser to be their new Director, Philanthropy.  Currently raising approximately $1 million net per year, The 519’s fund development program is a mix of special and third party events, corporate partnerships and individual giving.  Having experienced significant growth over the last number of years, the new Director will have the opportunity to build on a strong existing base, developing and executing growth strategies to double the annual fundraising revenue in the next four years.                                            

Reporting to the Executive Director and participating as a member of the Senior Management team, the Director, Philanthropy will provide leadership to two Philanthropy staff in line with our mandate and Toronto Public Service values.


THE 519

The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ community. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect in Toronto and beyond.  Our unique three-pillared organizational model of service, space and leadership is present in every program, initiative and activity we undertake.


We respond to the evolving needs of the LGBTQ community, from counselling services and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming and senior’s support.


We provide free, accommodating and non-judgemental space where individuals, organizations and non-profit groups can meet, organize and work towards their goals.


We share knowledge and insight gathered on the ground through consulting and workshop services, best practice research and public engagement campaigns.

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  • Demonstrated success in being innovative and creative in revenue generation efforts, and inspired to be part of a dynamic environment; displays both flexibility and adaptability in contributing to an organization that is in rapid growth mode.
  • A strategic thinker who can concurrently develop strategies for growth and put in place the necessary systems and infrastructure to support it.  Highly developed analytical and project management experience with the ability to both think big and execute on details; prioritizes effectively to meet competing deadlines with a customer-centric approach.
  • Understands the importance of relationship building, is comfortable engaging with a diversity of people, approaches the role with the spirit of community engagement and is eager to participate in developing and supporting The 519’s Anti-racism and Equity framework.
  • A seasoned and versatile fundraising generalist with a track record of leading corporate partnerships, individual major gifts, annual appeals, events, planned giving, membership programs, stewardship, grant writing, communications and a working knowledge of using technology in support of a revenue generation program.  Demonstrates an open and curious mind set towards emergent approaches to fundraising.
  • Demonstrated success in achieving goals and growing revenue, and combines a solid foundation of experience and theory to craft strategies that will successfully expand networks and broaden the donor base.
  • Enjoys being an external facing fundraiser and meeting all kinds of people; doesn’t take solicitation declines personally.
  • Understands the fundraising marketplace and landscape, including the regulatory framework, with experience or knowledge of social entrepreneurship.
  • Extensive management experience with the ability to motivate, train and provide direction to staff, “lead from behind” to support senior volunteers and make a meaningful contribution to and with the senior management team and the overall organization.
  • An inclusive leader who is equally comfortable allowing others to lead with support and to learn from those with different skills and competencies.
  • A self-starter, able to motivate and inspire both staff and volunteers to new levels of achievement using persuasion and collaboration.  Combines confidence and assertiveness with empathy, tact and diplomacy in communicating both verbally and in writing with a broad range of stakeholders, including donors, funders and government bodies.
  • Knowledge of, and experience working in, the LGBTQ communities that include an awareness of current issues, and trends impacting these communities is a significant asset. Recognizes that a strong revenue generation program can contribute to The 519 and the LGBTQ2S community in ways that extend beyond simply raising funds.
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment an asset.
  • Working knowledge of MFIPPA, the Canadian Income Tax Act and other relevant legislation.
  • A related post-secondary degree and/or other equivalent combination of education and demonstrated work experience; CFRE an asset.
  • Demonstrates a good sense of humour and doesn’t take self too seriously.



Planning and Evaluation

  • Develop strategic plans for the Fund Development that align with The 519’s overall strategic direction.
  • Plan and deliver the annual fundraising plan.
  • Develop and execute an evaluation framework for the fund development and updates senior leadership regularly.

Revenue Generation

  • Oversee and participate in implementation of The 519’s special events:
    • An annual gala.
    • Green Space.
    • Two special events. The incumbent will have an opportunity for creativity and innovation as these events continue to develop.
  • Oversee and grow the traditional philanthropy program, including:
    • Individual donor program and membership program.
    • Major individual donor program, including research, supporting volunteers, developing appropriate materials.
    • Corporate and foundation donor program.
    • Developing a strategy for a planned giving program.
  • Manage stewardship of donors and donations, including engaging donors in stewardship.
  • Explore innovative revenue generation opportunities for future implementation.


  • Oversee the donor communication strategy, integrated with the stewardship program.
  • Work with Communications team on various donor/public image products, including newsletters, annual reports and on-line communications/stewardship.
  • Develop a plan to capture compelling stories of our work in the community in partnership with Communications.
  • Media engagement and public representation of The 519, when relevant and required.

Human Resources Management

  • Provide direction, mentoring and support to the Fund Development team, currently consisting of two full-time staff. Ensure that annual work plans are developed and achieved.
  • Recruit new hires, as future growth may require.
  • Manage the philanthropy volunteer management strategy and provide appropriate support and guidance for communications volunteers.

Financial and Systems Management

  • Continue to evolve the fundraising infrastructure to support the philanthropy program, including on-line technology, financial reporting, templates for donor agreements and other material and tools as required based on the strategic growth plans for the department.
  • Develop budgets, evaluates and monitors the 519’s fundraising and communications activities and provides timely and meaningful reports to senior leadership and general public, when necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements such as managing and recording donations, appropriate tax receipting, privacy, etc.
  • Work with the Senior Management Team to contribute leadership in all aspects of the 519’s policy and procedural development.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The 519.  For more information about this unique and exciting opportunity, please contact Sandra Taylor, Senior Consultant at or via telephone at: (416) 340-9710 ext. 266.

Please send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by June 12, 2017.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. 

The 519 actively encourages applicants from all equity seeking groups.  The 519 embraces diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives.  We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.