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The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Development Associate, Major Gifts – Toronto, Ontario

Posted On: June 28, 2022
Closing On: July 14, 2022

Location: 700 University Avenue-4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: 55,000-60,000

Position: Development Associate, Major Gifts
Site: The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (700 University Avenue, 4th Floor)
Department: Foundation
Status: Permanent Full-Time

Do you want to be part of a bold, daring, and ambitious team that will Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime?

About Us 

Established in 1982, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) raises funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.
Since it’s inception, The PMCF has been setting daring and audacious goals with a mindset that is driven by our culture and passion for the cause. We have pioneered many successful fundraising programs, including our world-leading Princess Margaret Home Lottery, and some of the world’s largest cancer fundraising events, and have a sophisticated Major and Estate Giving program. The Foundation’s vision, which you would share, is to Conquer Cancer in Our Lifetime.
The Princess Margaret is a proud member of University Health Network, Canada’s largest research hospital network, which also includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute and The Michener Institute for Education.

About the Role

As an integral member of the Major and Estate Giving Team, our Development Associate will contribute to the development and implementation of successful major gift fundraising initiatives at the level of $50,000 and up.  The Development Associate will report directly to one Director, Major Gifts with a dotted line to at least one other Director, Major Gifts.
We are seeking someone who is proactive, professional and enthusiastic about working collaboratively.  The successful candidate will be mature, energetic and versatile with excellent attention to detail. They will be a skilled writer, communicator and relationship-builder that is able to manage multiple, competing priorities for a busy Major Gifts team.
The ideal candidate enjoys the challenge of working in a vigorous, ambitious fundraising environment with responsibility for a wide range of assigned duties and projects.

This role requires strong administrative and organizational skills to track and complete assigned tasks and maintain up-to-date prospect/donor information.  Candidates must have demonstrated experience in related administrative and/or fundraising roles and a strong interest in the field of major gifts.

In addition, the Development Associate will be called on to assist others in the department and across the whole Foundation from time-to-time and must be comfortable contributing as an active team member.

Interaction with Cancer Centre staff, fundraising volunteers, and Foundation colleagues will be ongoing. Experience with advanced fundraising systems, like Blackbaud CRM, is an asset.

You will:

Assist Directors, Major Gifts in development-related activities as assigned, including:

Donor Strategy and Implementation

  • Work with the Directors to create solicitation and stewardship strategies for current and prospective major gift donors
  • Draft briefings and/or speaking notes for staff and volunteers in preparation for donor and volunteer calls
  • Request research profiles, funding priority approvals, proposals, donor agreements, and stewardship reports
  • Plan and execute complex donor tours, meetings and visits
  • Follow up with donors regarding pledged donations
  • Respond to inquiries from donors, and problem solve as necessary.


  • Assist in developing and delivering presentations
  • Assist in the development of written proposals and reports
  • Write personalized donor letters and other correspondence/reports/materials
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information from colleagues, cancer centre staff, donors and volunteers.

Cancer Centre Staff Relationships

  • In collaboration with Directors, Major Gifts, build meaningful relationships with select clinician partners and Cancer Centre staff, including attending and actively participating in meetings
  • Develop and maintain a strong knowledge of the Cancer Centre and assigned site group’s research and priorities
  • Prepare agendas, take notes and make recommendations, including strategy and next steps, during meetings with Cancer Centre staff.

Operations and Systems Management

  • Navigate donor database and request lists and reports
  • Help ensure integrity of database and donor data
  • Notify appropriate Cancer Centre staff when donations are received and provide reminders about promised deliverables and timelines, etc.
  • Support Directors with prospect pipeline management and monitoring.

You have:

  • Passion for our vision: To Conquer Cancer in Our Lifetime
  • Passion for growth and making a meaningful contribution as part of a team
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in fundraising or administrative coordination/ support
  • Deadline and results oriented, with excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy and curiosity
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative manner with peers, colleagues and volunteers
  • Ability to work in a results-oriented environment
  • Demonstrate a high level of ethics in fundraising
  • Computer literacy: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), database software and spreadsheet programs, familiarity and aptitude with the Blackbaud CRM donor database is a significant asset
  • Experience in a large, complex, not-for-profit healthcare organization and/or in a Major Gifts capacity, is an asset
  • University degree or equivalent experience.

Why work with us?

  • Experience a sense of purpose that you won’t get anywhere else, in any other job: You will be making a difference for millions of people impacted by cancer in Canada and around the world
  • We offer a competitive compensation package including competitive salary, incentive pay, health benefits, and Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
  • We have an open and approachable culture that enables you to bring your best ideas forward
  • We will invest in your growth through ongoing learning opportunities, individual development planning, and education assistance programs
  • We offer flexible working arrangements to support your need to balance life at work and at home

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posting Date: June 16, 2022      Closing Date: July 14, 2022

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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