Posted On: 2019-03-25
Closing On: 2019-04-22
Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description


TITLE: Manager, Individual Giving and Events

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Major Gifts

DETAILS: Full time




Toronto Public Library Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to join the team as Manager, Individual Giving and Events. Under the leadership of the Associate Director, Major Gifts, your key responsibilities will be to manage Literary Circle, TPLF’s signature donor program for gifts $1,000-$24,999, as well as Hush Hush, our annual young professionals fundraising event. This fundraising role includes managing senior volunteer committees, developing and implementing renewal and acquisition strategies, and implementing a thoughtful and compelling stewardship program. The Manager, Individual Giving and Events also creates content for Literary Circle events and leads Hush Hush sponsorship and ticket sales activities. This role is based at the Toronto Reference Library at Yonge & Bloor in downtown Toronto. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.


TPLF was established in 1997 as a charity to support the world's busiest urban public library system – Toronto Public Library. Funds raised by the Foundation support life-changing programs, services, spaces and collections at the Library’s 100 branches. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $84 million for TPL, thanks to the generosity of donors. To learn more about the Toronto Public Library Foundation, visit To learn more about the Toronto Public Library, visit


Individual Giving and Donor Programs – 70%

  • Lead and implement renewal, acquisition and upgrade strategies for Literary Circle (gifts $1,000-24,999), ensuring annual targets are met and retention rates are high. Bring innovative ideas to attract new donors
  • Oversee donor program fundraising committees. Partner with Chairs to recruit new committee members, lead meetings, track prospects, motivate and follow up with senior volunteers and Board members
  • Manage a pipeline of donors $1,000-$24,999, creating opportunities for upgrades within Literary Circle and identifying donors for major gift cultivation
  • Build and manage annual expense and revenue budgets. Ensure donor records are complete and briefing notes are prepared for senior staff and volunteers
  • Create and oversee donor correspondence, including letters, invitations, eblasts and website updates, ensuring donors stay engaged and informed

Donor Events – 30%

  • Design compelling donor program events, secure compelling speakers and create distinctive offerings for various giving levels. Work closely with the marketing team to implement events with an exceptional donor experience
  • Partner with senior volunteers hosting events designed to attract new donors
  • Oversee the Hush Hush fundraising committee
  • Secure cash sponsors for Hush Hush, create and manage the ticket sales strategies to reach annual targets


  • 5-7 years of experience in a fundraising environment
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and managing a fundraising portfolio with a proven track record of meeting targets
  • Experience working with senior volunteer fundraising committees
  • Experience leading meetings with donors and volunteers
  • Well-developed budget management skills
  • Experience using a donor database in a fundraising environment, preferably Raisers Edge
  • Demonstrated experience running annual or membership programs is an asset
  • Knowledge of the Toronto philanthropic and literary communities is an asset
  • Proficiency in applicable computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Candidate must be physically able assist with event preparation, execution and tear-down


  • Well-developed communication skills, both written and in-person, with a keen eye for detail
  • Exceptional project management skills, ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an exceptional relationship builder across diverse audiences
  • Passion for fundraising and a love of the library
  • Sharp strategic skills, creative and solutions-oriented
  • Team player and collaborative style
  • Even while working hard and fast, has the ability to maintain confidence, integrity, kindness, openness


  • Be key member of a highly innovative and results-driven fundraising team, focused on supporting priority initiatives at Toronto Public Library, the busiest public library system in the world
  • Expand your non-profit experience, create and lead new fundraising strategies
  • Mentorship from senior development professional
  • Develop valuable fundraising not-for-profit experience



  • Please send CV and cover letter to: (email only, no phone calls please) by April 22, 2019
  • Please include “[Your name] _MANAGER, INDIVIDUAL GIVING AND EVENTS APPLICATION in subject line
  • Only qualified candidates will be contacted

The Toronto Public Library Foundation invites applications from all qualified individuals. The Foundation is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, accommodation will be provided for persons with disabilities through all stages of the recruitment and selection process.