Posted On: 2018-07-24
Closing On: 2018-09-04
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation (BGCCF) is seeking an Executive Director oversee a variety of fundraising initiatives, with a focus on growing relationships and revenue with individual donors through major gifts, annual giving, and capital/special campaigns. In this newly created position, the Executive Director will focus on broadening and deepening relationships with individual prospects, donors, and trustees to build new revenue streams to help BGCCF achieve and exceed its goals. 

The Executive Director will also partner closely with the CEO and the VP, Marketing & Development to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors.

An initial focus of the role will be the identification and recruitment of new members for the Foundation Board of Trustees. Another important aspect of the work will be stewarding relationships with Board member, donors and other stakeholders, through ongoing communications, reporting and personal visits. The Executive Director will also oversee communications, public relations, and marketing to support the BGCC Foundation board and its vision.

The Executive Director will work with the CEO to set annual fundraising objectives and metrics, and will manage, analyze, and report on progress to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis.

This role is based in the national BGCC office in Toronto, at Sheppard Avenue East and Highway 404.



For more than a century, Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across Canada have been helping young people to discover, develop, and achieve their best potential as they grow to become future adults, citizens, and leaders. As the largest agency in our country serving children and youth exclusively, Boys and Girls Clubs provide quality after school and out-of-school programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational, and social development of more than 200,000 young people and their families in Canada each year. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life. 

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Support from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation ensures the ability of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to play a vital role in building brighter futures for Canadian children and youth – now and for generations to come.

The Foundation was established in 1995 to help support BGCC, its member Clubs, and the children and youth that Clubs serve across Canada. The Foundation evolved from the Endowment Fund Board of Trustees, which was established originally in 1968 to oversee an endowment fund created through the fundraising efforts of Alan D. McCall and other directors of the BGCC national board. The Endowment Fund was supplemented by a generous donation from R. Howard Webster. In 1981, Mr. Webster made a five-year gift of $1.25 million for the purpose of distributing grants to Clubs and the national organization, thereby establishing the R. Howard Webster Special Project Fund, which was supported annually by the R. Howard Webster Foundation until 2009. In 1985, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation donated $1.5 million to establish the J.W. McConnell Trust Fund as a fund within the Endowment Fund.

A new endowment campaign was launched in 2005, stimulated by a matching gift challenge of $500,000 from the R.H. Howard Webster Foundation. The match was met and exceeded, with total new contributions and pledges to the Endowment of $3.8 million by the conclusion of the campaign in 2008. To date, the Fund has distributed over $2.8 million to Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada, supporting their capital and equipment needs and development priorities.


BGCC Foundation – Board of Trustees 

The members of the Board are committed to making certain that the organization has the resources, tools, and support needed to give every child the opportunity to benefit from the experience of a Boys and Girls Club. One of the priorities of the new Executive Director will be to work with the CEO, the Vice President of Marketing & Development, and with existing Trustees to identify, recruit, and support new Trustees who will be actively engaged in fundraising for the Foundation.

Current Trustees:

  • David Mather, Chair
  • David Ingram, Vice Chair
  • Felix Wu, Treasurer & Secretary



This senior position will be of interest to an individual with some or all of the following professional and personal attributes:


  • Solid understanding and working knowledge of effective fund development strategies, processes, donor motivation and engagement, philanthropic trends, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated track record in setting and consistently achieving fund development targets.
  • A strong donor-centric philosophy and approach to fundraising.
  • Proven experience in identifying, building, and sustaining an ongoing pipeline of individual mid-level and major gift prospects.
  • Previous experience with undertaking prospect research and relationship mapping.
  • Familiarity with donor management: identification, qualification, acquisition, stewardship, retention, cultivation, recognition, increasing levels of donor engagement and giving.
  • Previous success in solicitation of donors at the 5- and 6-figure level, both in partnership with organizational leadership, and on your own when appropriate
  • Demonstrated success in working effectively with fundraising volunteers and committees.
  • Creating and managing effective programs for mid-level donor that result in solid donor acquisition, retention, and increased giving.
  • Experience executing successful high-end fundraising events, such as our annual gala.
  • Involvement in successful grant-seeking for a variety of foundations and government programs.
  • Knowledge of gift planning tools and principals, and an understanding of how and when to deploy these in an effective manner.
  • Ability and willingness to support colleagues in fostering and sustaining corporate partnerships, including sponsorships and cause-marketing.



  • Strong writing skills, particularly creating engaging, effective, and persuasive donor communications materials and resources (proposals, impact reports, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and communicate with a variety of audiences, including donors, volunteers, committees, senior management, and corporate partners.
  • Highly-effective public speaking and presentation skills.


Other Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Effective project management abilities.
  • Excellent organizational, systems management and administrative skills.
  • Strong research skills and analytical skills.
  • Highly comfortable with computers and technology.


Key Attributes

  • Passionate about improving the lives of children and youth in Canada.
  • Enthusiasm and a positive, engaging, friendly, and respectful approach.
  • Strong sense of drive, ambition, and ability to take initiative and see ideas/projects/initiatives through to completion.
  • A strategic thinker who is able to prioritize well and maximize impact.
  • Highly professional, mature, diplomatic.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and accuracy, and thorough record-keeping.
  • Ability to inspire – donors, volunteers, staff team, media, partners.
  • A good listener, able to put people at ease, builds trust, and forges strong relationships.
  • Resourceful and creative.
  • The ability to speak, read, and write French is an asset, but is not a mandatory requirement.
  • An undergraduate degree is required for this position, as is the ability to travel periodically for work.


For More Information

For more information about this exciting and unique career opportunity, please contact Tara George, Senior Vice President & Partner by email or 416-340-9710 ext. 1013.

All enquiries will be kept in strict confidence.

Please note that the deadline for submission to the above email address is September 4, 2018.