Posted On: 2019-11-27
Closing On: 2020-01-09
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description


Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) is seeking an exceptional fundraising leader to join our team as Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships. In this newly-defined role, the Vice President will help our team secure new levels of philanthropic investment in support of the Hospital’s mission to Revolutionize Healthcare.

Reporting to Foundation president & CEO, Jennifer Bernard, the Vice President will provide strategic direction for all philanthropy programs and will be responsible for designing and delivering a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes major giving, annual and intermediate giving, planned giving, corporate giving and support government relations and grants.

The Vice President will engage Hospital leadership, the WCH medical community, Board members, and other partners and stakeholders in building and enhancing donor relationships that culminate in philanthropic support of organizational priorities. 

Responsible for ensuring Philanthropy team members are well supported to successfully reach their individual and team goals, the Vice President will provide mentorship and motivation to the Foundation’s fundraising professionals while working cross-sectionally with other Foundation teams in the collective goal of advancing health for women and equity for all. Passionate about helping to break down barriers to healthcare access and equity, the Vice President will be committed to inspiring others to take positive action to revolutionize healthcare by being a values-based leader who believes in accountability and authenticity.



Women’s College Hospital is a world leader in health for women, health equity, and health system solutions. We are a hospital that is designed to keep people out of the hospital.

For more than 100 years, Women’s College Hospital has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare.

We develop ground-breaking innovations that address issues related to population health, patient experience, and system costs. We advocate for health equity because we know that a healthy society requires a level playing field where everyone has access to timely, high quality, efficient and compassionate care.

At Women’s College Hospital, we have a bold vision to create a healthier, more equitable world for all. We advocate for health equity because we know that a healthy society requires a level playing field where everyone has access to timely, high quality and compassionate care. This means creating programs and services that enhance our health system and solve its most pressing challenges for the people who need it most.

With support from our community, we are breaking down barriers to healthcare access through innovative virtual initiatives; we are advancing health for women through cutting-edge research and clinical care; we are reimagining what a hospital experience should be by putting patients at the centre; and we are transforming and improving care for marginalized populations that have traditionally been overlooked by healthcare, such as the LGBTQ2+ community, Indigenous peoples, refugees and newcomers to Canada and many more.

We see a future of Healthcare Revolutionized, where we are setting a new pace for transformative redesign in healthcare. We aim to confront gender and social inequities that threaten people’s health; to bring virtual care into the mainstream; and to reimagine healthcare service delivery so we can help solve our health system’s most urgent issues and close the health gaps for all.


For over a century, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been at the forefront of closing health gaps for women and their loved ones: founded in 1911 as the first hospital in Canada where women could study and practice medicine, today WCH is a world leader in revolutionizing healthcare for women and advancing health system solutions for all.

At Women’s College Hospital Foundation, we are dedicated to working together with donors, patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and community members to advance the mission of Women’s College Hospital to revolutionize healthcare. In partnership with the diverse communities in which we live and serve, together we are creating a healthier and more equitable world for women and their loved ones as we confront gender and social inequities that threaten people’s health, bring virtual care into the mainstream and provide health system solutions that close health gaps for all.

Our passionate and diverse team of 29 staff works collaboratively with our dedicated hospital colleagues and many committed volunteers.  Last year the Women’s College Hospital Foundation raised an incredible $14.8 million to drive forward the shared vision of a healthier and more equitable world in which all people are able to pursue their greatest potential.

To meet the growing diversity of programs and services offered by Women’s College Hospital, the Foundation is committed to diversifying its base of support with growing emphasis on intermediate giving, Planned Giving and partnerships to help double revenues over the next 3-5 years.

WCH Foundation is fully accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. The Standards Program awards accreditation to charities and non-profits that demonstrate excellence in five areas of operations: board governance, financial accountability, fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement.



Women's College Hospital 2019 Annual Report

WCH Strategic Plan (2018-2022)

WCH Health Equity Plan (2016-2020)

Closing the Health Gap website

A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health Report

WCH in the Media

WCH Media Releases

WCH Connect (weekly newsletter)

WCH Patient Handbook

Women’s College Research Institute

WCRI Impact Newsletter (Fall 2019)

Donor Impact Report 2018-2019

WCHF Donor Listings

WCHF 100 Women Community

Foundation News & Events

Foundation Financial Statements 2019

WCH Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors



We are seeking an outstanding fundraising leader who brings an authentic interest in and passion for women’s healthcare, innovation, and health equity. The successful candidate will possess a strong business mindset and an entrepreneurial ability to marry creativity with strategy. Driven by evidence-based practice, the ideal candidate will have the intelligence and foresight to look upstream at potential levers that affect downstage results, and the flexibility and discipline to propose and follow through on new approaches.

The Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships will bring strong traditional philanthropy experience, with an emphasis on individuals, corporations and family foundations. Fundraising experience will ideally include major and transformational gifts, annual and intermediate giving, planned giving, and the creation of complex and creative partnerships. Experience in different phases of institutional campaigns is also desirable.

The new incumbent will excel at both the science and art of fundraising, bringing a deep understanding of best practices, emerging trends, and new ideas. The Vice President will understand how to drive a holistic pipeline and will work collaboratively with colleagues to connect strategies, develop systems, and implement practices to grow our donor base and results.

A self-starter who takes initiative and works proactively, the Vice President will set an example for the team by identifying prospects, getting out the door and meeting goals. The ideal candidate will be a strong closer who enjoys coaching others in donor strategy, making the ask and deepening relationships.

Dynamic and outgoing, the successful candidate will have terrific people skills and will enjoy interfacing with donors, hospital colleagues and the community.  An enthusiastic communicator who can effectively translate our needs into projects that resonate with donors, the VP will be a storyteller who conveys the importance and impact of vision, programs, research, clinical efforts and ideas.

Intelligent and curious, the Vice President will be a great listener who seeks to deeply understand the substance of the Hospital and the work we do here. The new incumbent will seek to establish internal relationships in a genuine, collaborative and trusting manner. Respectful and gracious, the Vice President will value the partnership of senior hospital colleagues and will ensure that these colleagues feel engaged in and appreciated for their efforts with the Foundation.

The ideal candidate will bring a joyful energy and a passion for developing people. An inclusive coach and mentor, the Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships will have a strong ability to align, engage, motivate and support volunteers, physicians and staff. The successful candidate will bring maturity, patience, and the ability to meet people where they’re at, in order to help them grow, find success, and celebrate.

The Vice President will be the type of leader who lifts others up and who motivates people in a positive and long-lasting way. Transparent and forthright, the new incumbent will establish clear goals and expectations for staff and will deploy empathy and kindness in supporting people to achieve their goals.  A well-rounded human who brings their whole self to work, the successful candidate will respect when others do the same.



To be successful in this role, the Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships will:

Strategic Leadership

  • Participate with the President, senior management, and volunteer leaders in guiding the strategic direction of the Foundation.
  • Actively manage the philanthropy pipeline and adopt strategies and tactics to support the donor journey at every level of giving from Annual to Principal Gifts.
  • Work directly with the President, Board Executive, Board of Directors and senior staff to set overall organizational policies and priorities.
  • Coach and model behaviour to support leadership journey of all staff members.
  • Consider and analyse the implications of proposed actions and decisions by individual areas on the whole of the organization (financial, operating and administrative aspects).
  • Provide effective mentorship, training, encouragement, support, and leadership to staff, volunteers, and leaders in order to ensure collective attainment of annual and long-term financial goals.
  • Systematically cultivate long term, collaborative, strategic relationships that are beneficial to the organization.
  • Act as an ambassador for philanthropy to WCH, consistently and convincingly demonstrating the role and importance of private sector support.
  • Through professionalism, integrity, and accountability, maintain and enhance the credibility of Women’s College Hospital and the Foundation.
  • Keep current on issues affecting the philanthropic and voluntary sector, and propose strategies to proactively address these issues and opportunities.


  • Develop strategic and operational development plans and associated budgets; monitor relevant revenue and expense budgets.
  • Lead and manage the affairs of the Philanthropy & Partnerships program, including budgeting, program direction, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff.
  • Build, mentor, and retain a high-quality, motivated and satisfied staff team who exhibit strong alignment to mission, and who consistently produce results.
  • Realign philanthropy operations as needed to facilitate and reinforce the effectiveness of strategic plans. This may include realigning key processes, team structure, management practices, communications, and the deployment of staff and volunteers.
  • Actively participate in management and campaign leadership meetings.
  • Work with all teams and provide strategic information and guidance to assist in developing goals, plans, and procedures.
  • Participate in community initiatives to promote the organization and philanthropy.
  • Engage relevant consultants and vendors, and ensure their effective management.
  • Remain abreast of best practices in the fundraising field, general management of development programs, privacy, the Income tax act, Canada Revenue Agency rulings and guidelines.

Philanthropy & Partnerships

  • Plan and develop short- and long-term strategies that are both strategic and tactical in nature in order to support WCHF in accomplishing organizational goals.
  • Develop strategies and approaches to diversify the base of support, and to generate increasing levels of giving.
  • Actively manage a portfolio of leadership gift prospects (individual and corporate) at various stages of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Attend important donor calls to ensure a growing base of support for the organization.
  • Support and mentor Foundation staff by guiding them through donor strategy and tactics, and by engaging them in donor visits and other actions where appropriate.
  • Work with Hospital staff, medical professionals, and volunteer leaders to identify prospective donors, fundraising priorities, and gift opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with Vice President, Marketing Communications and Community Engagement and Stewardship and Communications teams to ensure that programs are in place for all donors to receive appropriate, consistent recognition and an accounting of the impact that their gifts have.

Community & Collective Engagement

  • Work with other charitable organizations, leaders, senior staff, and/or board members on collaborative projects that further the mission of the Hospital and Foundation.
  • Act as a goodwill ambassador for the organization to donors and stakeholder groups, and act as a representative or spokesperson of the Hospital/Foundation when required.
  • Prepare and deliver speeches and presentations to corporations, organizations, business groups, and boards as needed.
  • Support the visibility of WCH/F in the broader philanthropic professional community in order to position the Foundation positively for employee recruitment and retention.



  • Passionate about the mission, vision, and strategic direction of Women’s College Hospital and the Foundation.
  • Strong business acumen and progressive experience in both fundraising and management within the charitable/not-for-profit sector.
  • While a broad base of philanthropic knowledge and experience is preferred, proven success in the area of major gifts and corporate partnerships is required for this role.
  • Comfortable working with high net worth individuals.
  • Goal-oriented individual with demonstrated success in donor prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Experience negotiating and closing sensitive negotiations and working within the organization as a whole to ensure that donor expectations are aligned with organizational strategy and needs.
  • Strategic, creative and highly analytical with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • An encouraging leader who is able to motivate and support groups and individuals.
  • Able to think creatively and strategically to successfully mediate and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • Able to overcome obstacles to cooperation and to foster harmonious relations.
  • Able to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated success in building and retaining a ‘best in class’ team by coaching, managing, and inspiring staff.
  • Comfortable supporting and mobilizing strong, time-challenged senior volunteers/executives.
  • A professional and superior client-service approach.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience is required for this position.
  • CFRE designation preferred but not required.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of WCHF. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Tara George, Partner / Lead, Search + Talent by email at

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All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by January 9 at latest. Candidates will be screened on a rolling basis, so we would encourage early application.

We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital and Foundation communities. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy.