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The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Development Associate, Major Gifts

Posted On: March 3, 2022
Closing On: April 4, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000

Posting title: 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.

For more than a decade, The PMCF has been setting daring and audacious goals is a mindset that is driven by our culture and passion to perform. 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. The foundation’s vision, which will be your vision, 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 Philanthropy Team, our Development Associate will contribute to the development and implementation of major gift fundraising 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 Major Gifts Director.

We are seeking someone who is proactive, professional and enthusiastic about working collaboratively.  The successful candidate will be mature, energetic, versatile and possess excellent attention to detail, communication and relationship-building skills. He/she/they will be able to manage multiple priorities for a busy Philanthropy Team. The ideal candidate enjoys the challenge of working in a vigorous, successful fundraising environment with responsibility for a wide range of assigned duties and projects.

In addition, the Development Associate will be called on to assist others in the department and the Foundation from time to time and must possess the ability to work as an active team member. This role requires strong administrative and organizational skills to track and complete assigned tasks as well as 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 major gifts field.

Interaction with Cancer Centre staff, fundraising volunteers and Foundation colleagues will be ongoing. Experience with the Raiser’s Edge or another fundraising CRM is an asset for this position.

You will:

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

Donor Strategy and Implementation

  • Work with the Directors of Major Gifts to create solicitation and stewardship strategies for major gifts prospects
  • 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 donor tours and visits
  • Follow up with donors on pledged donations
  • Respond to inquiries from donors, and problem solve if necessary

Cancer Centre Staff Relationships

  • In collaboration with Directors, Major Gifts, build meaningful relationships with selected clinicians partners and Cancer Centre staff, including attending and actively participating in meetings
  • Build and maintain a strong knowledge of the Cancer Centre and assigned site groups’ research and priorities
  • Prepare agendas, take notes and make recommendations including strategy and next steps coming out of meetings with Cancer Centre staff


  • Assist in developing and delivering presentations when appropriate
  • Write donor letters and other correspondence/reports/materials as required
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information from colleagues, hospital staff, donors and volunteers

Operations and Systems Management

  • Navigate donor database and request reports
  • Help ensure integrity of database and donor data
  • Notify fund holders when donations are received and provide reminders about promised deliverables and timelines, etc.
  • Prospect pipeline management and monitoring

You have:

  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in fundraising or administrative coordination/support
  • Experience in a large, complex, not-for-profit healthcare organization and/or in a Major Gifts capacity, is a definite asset
  • 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 with colleagues and volunteers
  • Ability to work in a results-oriented environment
  • Computer literacy: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), database software and spreadsheet programs, familiarity and aptitude with the Raiser´s Edge or Blackbaud CRM donor database is a significant asset
  • Passion for our vision: To Conquer Cancer in Our Lifetime
  • Demonstrate a high level of ethics in fundraising

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
  • We offer a competitive compensation package including competitive salary, incentive pay, health benefits, and Health of Ontario Pension Plan
  • 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