Posted On: 2017-10-10
Closing On: 2017-10-31
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

The opportunity: Are you are looking to build on a strong existing fundraising base and make your mark? The Redwood is a high-impact organization with an established fundraising program, a strong infrastructure and an enthusiastic Executive Director, willing to be involved in fundraising.

Projected to raise approximately $670,000 in the coming year, The Redwood has a traditional philanthropy mix with a strong focus on direct marketing and monthly donors, foundation grant writing and special events with potential for leadership gift giving and bequest giving. With the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Redwood in 2018, an event series concept has been developed.

The Organization: Since 1993, The Redwood has been helping women and children live free from domestic violence. Free from fear. Free from threat. 

Leaving an abusive situation is one of the toughest things any woman or child has to face. The Redwood provides the emotional, practical and social support that families need to get their lives back on track, including:

  • Programs like art and play therapy, counselling and after school tutoring to help children and youth rebuild their self-esteem, and break the cycle of violence.
  • On-going support to help women build confidence and self-reliance through employment readiness training, assistance in finding affordable housing, and opportunities to pursue post-secondary education.
  • Assistance to women and children trapped in an abusive home through outreach visits and educational workshops at local schools, libraries, housing co-ops, churches, mosques, and other community gathering places.

To learn more about The Redwood please visit:

You’re the ideal candidate if:

·      You can both adapt and contribute to an organization that is aiming for growth. 

·      As a versatile fundraising generalist, you have a track record of securing major or leadership gifts, managing and/or overseeing annual appeals, events, stewardship, grant writing, and communications. You write well and have a working knowledge of using technology in support of a revenue generation program.

·      You have experience working in a social service/social justice organization, and in particular have sensitivities to working in an environment where there are survivors of abuse.

·      You are able to communicate effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of individuals in person, by email, via digital media and over the phone. You also write well.

·      You have the ability to both think strategically and execute tactics.

·      You have a history of demonstrating fundraising best practices, while also being innovative and creative.

·      You understand the importance of relationship building and have demonstrated success in doing so.

·      You can point to your success being donor-focussed, anticipating and responding to donor needs.

·      You understand the fundraising landscape, including the regulatory framework. 

·      You understand that leadership includes following as well as leading and the importance of learning from those with skills and competencies different than yours.

·      You have demonstrated success in achieving goals and are a self-motivator. You’re able to work collaboratively and motivate and understand the need to inspire both staff and volunteers to achieve great things.

·      You work effectively as a member of a small team and are willing to pitch in and carry out all levels of the task at hand.

·      You are decisive, able to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make timely, clear decisions which are in the best interests of the organization.

·      You’re a problem solver, able to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

·      You have a related post-secondary degree and/or equivalent combination of other education and work experience; and at least 5 years related experience as a fundraising professional.

·      You are curious; committed to life-long learning and professional development.

·      You have knowledge of anti-oppression policies and procedures.

·      You have a good sense of humour. You take your work seriously, but not yourself.

Key Responsibilities: 

Planning and evaluation:

·      Working collaboratively with the Executive Director, develop comprehensive fundraising strategies and plans to build fundraising revenues, achieve annual goals and support The Redwood’s mission.

·      Develop and execute an evaluation framework for the fundraising program and update senior leadership regularly.

Individual Giving:

·      Lead the planning and execution of The Redwood’s direct marketing campaign which includes traditional direct mail, on-line and a robust monthly giving program thanks to door-to-door campaigns.

·      Develop and execute a leadership giving program, namely, the Make Room campaign.

·      Execute The Redwood’s Planned Giving program.

Corporate Giving:

  • Identify, research and, with volunteer leadership, support effective solicitation of local small business and corporate prospects for sponsorship and philanthropic support.

Foundation Giving:

  • Lead the foundation portfolio: prospect research, application submission, tracking and post-grant reporting.

Stewardship, Communications & Volunteers:

  • Develop an annual communications plan and participate in and oversee its execution.

·      Work closely with the Donor Relations Coordinator to develop and execute stewardship plans and activities related to donor recognition and donor relations.

·      Ensure year end e-tax receipting for monthly donors is carried out.

25th Anniversary:

  • Execute the event series, anchored in the 25th anniversary. Events are a combination of fundraising and stewardship activities. Namely, International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018); third party events, tbc; Open House (spring 2018, tbc); other tbd.

In Addition:

·      Develop creative new ideas to complement and/or build on existing fundraising assets.

·      Adhere to standards of ethical fundraising (AFP, Imagine Canada), industry best practice and The Redwood fundraising policies.

  • Perform other duties, as required.

Scope & Accountabilities:

The Redwood fundraising team (Board of Directors, ED, Fundraising Manager, fundraising volunteers) will work closely together and with the Donor Relations Coordinator.

The incumbent will work with Cathy Mann of Cathy Mann & Associates who is currently working with The Redwood in support of its philanthropy program.

Computer Skills:

  • Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher or similar program
  • E-Tapestry or similar online fundraising/events management program
  • Familiarity with basic financial administration is an asset (QuickBooks)

Reports to: Executive Director

Reporting relationships: Donor Relations Coordinator

Schedule: Permanent, Full Time (40 hours per week) Occasional evening and weekend work when required.


  • Salary is $66,248.00
  • Access to coverage of health and dental benefits, and employee assistance program
  • 5 weeks’ vacation
  • Contribution to group RRSP upon completion of probationary period

Application Procedure:

The Redwood is committed to the development of a staff and management team that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Applications from Aboriginal Women, Women of Colour, Lesbians, Bi‐sexual and Trans Women and Women with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Candidates will be required to participate in a skills-demonstration exercise.  We will provide employment accommodation (i.e. an accessible location, technical aids, accommodation during the interview, rescheduling of interviews that fall on religious holidays, etc.) if we are advised of an applicant’s needs in advance of any part of the selection process. Please advise us of those needs if you are contacted for an interview.

Applications will be accepted until October 31st, 2017 at 5:00 pm. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email with “Application for Fundraising Manager” in the subject line to: Lucy De Luca at

No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.