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Associate, Philanthropy (Corporate & Foundation Partnerships)

Posted On: September 20, 2023
Closing On: October 6, 2023

Location: Toronto
Effective: As soon as filled
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: 43,500 to $64,500

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Associate, Philanthropy (Corporate & Foundation Partnerships)

Full Time, Permanent

Toronto, ON (Hybrid)

CNIB invites you to build a career as unique as you! We are currently searching for an Associate, Philanthropy! Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy, the successful candidate will primarily support the nationwide Corporations and Foundation Partnerships Philanthropy team through strategic donor-oriented activities with a focus on proposal/grant writing, donor engagement and stewardship.

Your impact at CNIB:

  • Maintain a schedule of open projects including highly customized letters of intent, funding proposals/applications, and stewardship reports for the nationwide major giving portfolio including individual, corporate, foundation and government opportunities.
  • Work with the program and finance teams to prepare customized funding opportunities including budgets and financial reports to accompany submissions.
  • Communicate effectively with project teams as funding is received and initiate all processing procedures.
  • Support the nationwide major giving portfolio in the creation of exceptional impactful donor-oriented reports, acknowledgement letters, and program/project updates.
  • Work with all members of the nationwide major giving portfolio to manage donor-oriented stewardship and recognition of their support in a timely manner.
  • Maintain current awareness of organizational activities and available resources to utilize in day-to-day written assignments with excellence.
  • Continue to grow the stewardship offerings by being informed of industry best practices.
  • Build and maintain a close collaborative approach to working with philanthropy team members, program staff and leadership and inter-department relationships including Marketing & Communication and finance.
  • Take initiative to keep abreast of upcoming funding proposal deadlines, priorities, and guidelines.
  • Take a leadership role on special projects including, however not limited to, Imagine Canada Standards and specified donor engagement opportunities.


Who you are:

  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Professional attitude, results oriented, strategic, and flexible.
  • Ability to provide strategic solutions to complicated and difficult problems utilizing excellent analytical, problem definition and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated success in proposal and stewardship development.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, with the ability to collect, analyze, interpret, and evaluate information, as well as make recommendations.
  • Proven time management, planning, coordinating and organization skills; proactive in initiating multiple projects on an ongoing basis.


We want to hear from you if you have:

  • BA or equivalent in business, marketing, fundraising management.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a specific fundraising, preferably major giving position, proposal writing, and/or donor stewardship.
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365.
  • Experience using Salesforce is an asset.
  • Experience in a moves management program and prospect clearance process.
  • Experience coordinating events and/or a fundraising committee is considered an asset.
  • Aptitude for planning and analysis with strong project management skills.
  • Adheres to applicable privacy laws as well as AFP Code of Ethical Standards and CNIB standards of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Exceptional organizational and administrative skills with a focus on efficiency.
  • Personal or professional experience relating to blindness and sight loss is considered an asset.
  • Personal or professional experience working with assistive technology and/or accessible environments is considered an asset.


Work Environment:

  • Willingness to work flexible hours when required.
  • Occasional travel is required.


Apply now!

If this sounds like the role for you, send your application to the email indicated noting the position title in the subject line. Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, and mention how you heard about this opportunity.

CNIB is committed to creating and fostering an inclusive culture and welcomes applications from diverse candidates, including but not limited to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community, persons with disabilities, people who are blind or partially sighted, and those who identify as women, gender diverse, and/or 2SLGBTQ+. We strongly encourage applications from applicants with sight loss. Direct lived experience would be a definite asset. If at any stage you require accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to support your accessibility needs. We’re excited to review your application!

Please note: while we invite applications from all interested and qualified applicants, we are unable to follow-up with every applicant.

Closing date: October 6, 2023

About us

Life is a beautiful, wonderful, complex thing. Life with sight loss should be no different. At CNIB, we’re on a mission to change what it means to be blind, and we’re not slowing down. We think big, take risks, embrace change, and ask questions. We’re inviting you to be part of the conversation.

Our diversity is our strength – we take pride in our inclusive workplace and are committed to recruiting and selecting in a fair, transparent, and accessible way. CNIB welcomes applications from those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) to join us in expanding our capacity for inclusion in the broadest sense. To this end, we strongly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, people who are blind or partially sighted, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. We enthusiastically invite applications from applicants with sight loss. Direct lived experience is a definite asset. CNIB is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities and will work with applicants requesting accommodations at any stage of the hiring process.

Our team’s health and wellness are a priority, which is why we offer comprehensive benefits, competitive compensation, and flexible work schedules developed to help you stay healthy.

At CNIB, we are relentlessly passionate about what we do. We are in our second century of smashing societal barriers and stigmas through innovative programs and powerful advocacy. We are a collaborative, empowered team that drives achievement and equality. If that sounds like your cup of tea, let’s talk.