Posted On: 2020-03-12
Closing On: 2020-04-27
Location: Toronto, Canada
Effective: June 2020
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

Position Overview

Organization: Food Allergy Canada

Title: Head of Philanthropy

Reports to: Executive Director  

Location: 505 Consumers Road, Suite 507, Toronto

Is this you?

Food Allergy Canada is a small team of exceptionally talented, dedicated and passionate individuals working at making a real difference for more than 2 million Canadians and their families that live with food allergy. Food Allergy Canada is currently looking for a committed, collaborative and solution-orientated fundraiser with a proven track record to play an integral role in their success.

You are a fundraising generalist and understand different revenue streams (i.e. major gifts with individuals, foundation, corporations and possibly government). In your next move you are looking to ‘own’ the philanthropic strategy for the organization. You know what goes into building a robust sustainable philanthropy program because you’ve done it (or been part of doing it) before. You are good at creating and then executing on agreed strategies. Your strengths include working with a board, directly contributing to strategy development and track record in revenue generation.

You are comfortable being an individual contributor and you would enjoy working closely with the Executive Director and an impressive cross functional team.

In addition to high professional standards, you also appreciate flexibility and would be grateful for the opportunity to be part of an adaptable work environment, including work from home options.

Is this you? If so, please read on…

The Organization

Food Allergy Canada is a leading non-profit organization that is committed to educating, supporting, and advocating for the more than 2 million Canadians living with food allergy.

Food Allergy Canada’s focus is on improving the daily quality of life of individuals and families by providing education and support needed to effectively navigate food allergy, building informed and supportive communities, and acting as the national voice on key advocacy issues.

Some notable achievements include:

  • Launched a National Food Allergy Action Plan to prioritize food allergy within the federal government in 2019
  • Helped to secure a second supplier of epinephrine auto-injectors during a crucial shortage period in 2018
  • Improved allergen labelling regulations – for more than a decade Food Allergy Canada was at the forefront of discussions and meetings with Health Canada and the food industry to improve food allergen labelling which resulted in Health Canada’s updated regulations in 2011
  • Ushering in ground-breaking legislation that protects students at risk of anaphylaxis (Sabrina’s Law, 2005)

Food Allergy Canada’s accomplishments are many but so is the desire to do more and focus on key areas that will significantly improve the lives of those at risk. To fully support the ambitions of the organization, Food Allergy Canada needs to take their capability of revenue generation to a new level, developing their existing donor base and cultivating new donors.  Enter this opportunity…

The Position

Alongside the Executive Director and in close partnership with their talented marketing peer, the Head of Philanthropy will create a revenue generation plan that will support the overarching goals of the organization. As this is a new position, our candidate will ideally have experience setting up and growing a philanthropy program.

Our successful candidate will have successfully fundraised from a myriad of stakeholders including Government, Individuals, Corporations and Foundations. They’ll consider themselves a generalist who appreciates the need for diversified revenue streams.

We’re looking for a strategist and a do-er. Our candidate will be entrepreneurial and comfortable with ambiguity. They’ll possess a high degree of tact, polish and maturity which is reflective of the Food Allergy Canada culture. The Head of Philanthropy will be autonomous, creative, business minded, self-motivated and fiscally responsible. They’ll be a strong communicator, both written and verbal and will possess a strong passion for the cause.

Lived experience will be considered an asset, but not a requirement

The Food Allergy Canada board is small but distinguished. There is opportunity to grow the board’s national presence and perhaps build an advisory board around fund development. Our candidate will ideally have experience working with boards in this capacity and may have board recruitment experience as well or at a minimum an appetite to play a role.

Primary Accountabilities

The successful Candidate will be accountable for the following:

  • Develop the revenue generation strategy and plan – in collaboration with the Executive Director, lead the development and implementation of a 3-year revenue generation plan, grounded in understanding of the existing revenue sources, the vision of the organization, and the funding requirements of near-term strategies
  • Develop existing donors – nurture the existing donor base (40K existing emails) through research, tailored strategies and regular outreach and engagement
  • Cultivate new donors – through research and networking, identify and qualify prospects, also develop and implement outreach and engagement plans with a focus on major gift, foundations and corporations
  • Develop and implement a process for donor management & stewardship – establish and implement processes for donor engagement, acknowledgement and retention, ensure utilization of Giftworks platform (both analytics and CRM capabilities) to ensure an end donor experience
  • Lead the development of fundraising proposals, donor correspondence and supporting materials – define and oversee the implementation of an annual calendar to engage, secure and retain donor support, work closely with Marketing in the development of supporting collateral and the user interface to tailor communication and materials to the donor
  • Work collaboratively with others – to maximize outcomes and drive efficiency
  • Measure impact – produce and analyze fundraising reports to track and capture activity and financial results

The Ideal Candidate

  • Ability to think like a business and act as a charity. Take a prudent approach to maximize the impact of our donor dollars
  • Be guided by a passion for the cause. Food Allergy Canada is a group of highly qualified individuals who are passionate about their cause and motivated to push through to get to real impact, while maintaining a balanced approach
  • Ability to set priorities against where the greatest impact can be made and therefore deliver optimal effectiveness. There is an endless list of opportunities. The challenge is to have the discipline to define and focus on activities which yield the greatest impact
  • Be willing to take ownership and make things happen. Food Allergy Canada is  a lean and entrepreneurial organization which means you need to be prepared to take the lead and seize the opportunity for action
  • Post Secondary education, CFRE certification will be considered an asset
  • 5+ years in fundraising experience
  • Goal oriented, with a proven track record on fundraising success and donor management
  • Experience in a variety of fundraising channels (Corporate, Major Gift, Foundation)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written skills
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work effectively with others
  • Organized and detail oriented, with many moving parts and deadlines, ability to multi-task and prioritize is a necessity
  • Experience working with donor CRM databases. Familiarity with Giftworks is an asset.

Food Allergy Canada hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. Food Allergy Canada especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

If you are looking for an outstanding challenge, working with a great team for a very important, uniquely focused organization then what are you waiting for?

Apply now to Lindsay Preston at by submitting your Cover Letter and CV. Please note only qualified respondents will be contacted. Submission deadline is April 6, 2020.