Posted On: 2018-08-09
Closing On: 2018-08-15
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Other
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Job Description

Who We Are

A United Way Anchor Agency, WoodGreen combines significant scale and a proven track record with an entrepreneurial mindset, continuously seeking and developing innovative solutions to critical social needs.

Now in our 80th year, we are one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto, serving 37,000 people each year.  We’re a group of diverse individuals who value respect, excellence, compassion, integrity, and team work. 

Visit to learn more about who we are and what we do.


Program Overview – The WoodGreen Foundation, Central Services

The WoodGreen Foundation is the fundraising arm of WoodGreen Community Services.  The Foundation is focused on raising funds to support WoodGreen’s role as a sector leader in providing sustainable solutions to some of our City’s most complex social needs.  Through donor support WoodGreen is able to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and create new paths to opportunity. 


What You Will Do

  • Manage relationships with 100+ prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors and prospective donors. Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: (identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward).

  • Establish a formal WoodGreen Corporate Engagement Strategy, by formulating strategic and tactical plans for partnership engagement, which are designed to gain/enhance the interest and involvement of the corporate prospects. Create meaningful employee volunteer experiences to engage employees through organization’s CSR program.

  • Evaluate tailored sponsor benefits and identify unique opportunities to deliver value to partners. Ensure contract obligations are met (e.g. logo recognition/inclusion, category exclusivity), communicating sponsorship deliverables to colleagues across the organization.

  • With the Director of Research and Communications, prepare effective proposals and grant submissions for individuals, corporations and foundations that are compelling, accurate and professionally written including case statements, tailored proposals, sponsorship packages and progress reports.

  • Develop and manage foundation and corporate funding applications, preparing letters of intent, online applications, proposals, grant applications and stewardship reports. Ensure all notes, calls, emails, gifts, meetings and events are entered into Raiser’s Edge in a timely and accurate fashion.

  • Build a culture of professional philanthropy by ensuring that board and volunteers are properly briefed and prepared in advance of any contacts to support their cultivation or solicitation activities and provide support with their calls or face to face meetings as appropriate.

  • Represent WoodGreen to external audiences and share information on programs and priorities.

  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, reflect an optimistic and positive attitude and be sensitive to the wishes and needs of the donor. Be authentic and accountable and foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization.

  • Collaborate with Annual Programs Manager to ensure campaign and annual support programs and activities are integrated.


What You Bring to the Team

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Certificate in Fundraising Management or professional designation an asset.

  • Demonstrated major gift experience including successfully closing gifts at the $100,000+ level.

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of successful experience in major gift fundraising.

  • Proficiency in standard office software and Raiser’s Edge or other Fund raising software, information resources and publications, including fundraising databases and on-line services.


What Will Set You Apart

  • Experience in pipeline development, prospect review and qualification, proposal development, report writing, successful cultivation and solicitation.

  • Excellent project management, including planning and critical evaluation of an initiative, designing metrics to monitor performance.

  • A team player with an ability to work collaboratively in a multi-tasked environment.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to convey an authentic vision and impact. Ability to align donor interests with approved funding priorities/case for support to inspire giving.

  • Highly organized, problem solver, able to meet deadlines and work collaboratively in a multi-tasked environment.

  • Entrepreneurial, creative, strategic minded and energetic.

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills including effective networking, relationship building and active listening.

  • A “self-starter” and goal driven with an ability to identify business development opportunities.

  • Understanding of sector trends in corporate social responsibility/community investment and sponsorship.

  • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and ability to liaise with and inspire senior management, staff, corporate contacts and donors.


Why You’ll Want to Work With Us

At WoodGreen you will be part of an amazing team that does amazing things for our community.

We offer:

  • Competitive salary/excellent benefits for full-time, contract (1 year+), and PSW employees

  • Ongoing training and opportunities for career advancement within the organization

  • Formal staff recognition and appreciation programs

  • Access to group discount programs and purchases


To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter, quoting the competition # in the subject line, as follows:

WoodGreen employees ONLY to:

External applicants to:

WoodGreen is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free selection process and work environment. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our HR representative at of the accommodation measures required. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.