Posted On: 2017-12-01
Closing On: 2017-12-30
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description


With the mission ‘We inspire inspirational gifts’, Mackenzie Health Foundation has raised more than $125 million for capital projects, medical equipment, technology and educational opportunities for Mackenzie Health. The Foundation has embarked on a $250-million fundraising campaign – the largest to date for a community hospital in Canada – to advance patient care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and raise the community portion of funding to build and equip the future state-of-the-art Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The Foundation supports Mackenzie Health’s vision and mission to create a world-class health experience and to relentlessly improve care to create healthier communities. As we work toward achieving our exciting mandate, we are seeking to grow our inspired team with a full-time Major Gifts Officer.

The Major Gifts Officer plays a critical role in securing funds for the organization by managing a group of assigned, qualified donors and acting as an ambassador for Mackenzie Health Foundation across the community. Reporting to the Director, Campaigns and working closely with the President & CEO, the incumbent is responsible for overseeing the stewardship of current donors and solicitation of prospective donors to the current capital campaign as well as other special initiatives.

This is an incredible opportunity for a motivated fundraising professional to help define relationships with Mackenzie Health’s most committed supporters, introduce Mackenzie Health to new prospects and work with a talented and creative team to help donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Mackenzie Health.


  • Develop and maintain a core list of 100 + prospective donors for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and pursue leads with identified individuals, foundations or corporations to secure support for Mackenzie Health.
  • Identifies, cultivates, and solicits philanthropic support by developing and maintaining relationships with prospective donors.
  • Proactively support and develop effective and innovative approaches to major gift solicitation strategies with assigned committees and key volunteers in positioning Mackenzie Health with a wide variety of donor prospects.
  • Maintain major gift actions and notes in Raiser’s Edge so that timely and appropriate “moves” are being implemented to grow or maintain ongoing relationships with current and past major gift donors
  • Participates in prospect clearance and review sessions with Campaign team to ensure there is no simultaneous engagement of the same prospects.
  • In conjunction with the Donor Relations and Communications Marketing team, plan and execute stewardship and recognition plans for current major gift donors.  Specifically, ensure that appropriate celebrations, openings, letters, tax receipts, invitations, and other correspondence are sent and or presented in a timely manner.
  • Develop key institutional and philanthropic-related messages through the direction and preparation of major gift proposals, solicitation letters, and other materials for donors and prospective donors.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and committee meetings for the purpose of managing and tracking top prospective donor activities.
  • Handle special fundraising assignments at the discretion of the Foundation President & CEO and the Director, Campaigns.
  • Submits timely reports on fundraising activities to Director, Campaigns.
  • Attend or lead cultivation, recognition or stewardship foundation activities as required.
  • Utilizes strategic information from Raiser’s Edge database to identify donor prospects and develop fundraising strategies based on donor information and analysis.
  • Adheres to Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Mackenzie Health’s Health and Safety Policies.
  • Positively represents Mackenzie Health Foundation in the community.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience in fundraising, the most recent in Major Gifts fundraising or relevant experience preferred.
  • University/college degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years relevant experience with a demonstrated track record of achievement in securing major and transformative gifts or key accounts management with an organization.
  • Displays an exceptional level of professionalism, knowledge, productivity, and high ethical standards.
  • Experience working in health care or other complex environment.
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with an ability to handle several tasks simultaneously and set priorities with a sense of urgency.
  • Strong computer skills with a background in donor/prospect databases (experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred).
  • Strong team player with proven collaboration skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to interact effectively with individuals across the organization and demonstrate tact.
  • Able to maintain and work with confidential information.
  • Prepared to respond to a fast-paced changing environment requiring flexibility and adaptability with respect to working hours.
  • Proven attendance record.
  • Demonstrates understanding and complies with patient and staff safety policies and procedures that foster a safe and inclusive environment for all.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the job.
  • Effectively uses empathy in interactions with others.
  • Demonstrates behaviours consistent with Mackenzie Health Foundation’s Commitment to Caring.
  • Models behaviour that is aligned with the values of Mackenzie Health Foundation– Excellence, Leadership and Integrity. 
  • Commitment to providing an exceptional experience for staff and clients within a challenging and exciting health care environment.

Mackenzie Health Foundation is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer committed to providing accommodations for applicants upon request at any stage of the recruitment process in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

Interested candidates are invited to forward their cover letter and resume to:

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.