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Mackenzie Health Foundation

Director, Community Giving

Posted On: February 29, 2024
Closing On: March 28, 2024

Location: Vaughan, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $102,500 - $143,000

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Mackenzie Health Foundation is seeking a forward-thinking, results-driven fundraising professional who is passionate about healthcare philanthropy to be our Director, Community Giving. An experienced fundraising leader, the Director will drive excellence through the development of clear strategy, the coaching of a high-performing team, and by inspiring a culture of innovation.

This newly developed position will report to the Vice President, Philanthropy and be responsible for an annual giving portfolio that includes signature events, community events, third-party events, in honour gifts, in memory gifts, and the staff giving program. The incumbent will establish and lead a community-focused fundraising team and will collaborate internally to establish strategies and plans that are aligned across fundraising streams and with overall goals, ensuring a positive donor experience and maximized revenue portfolios.

This is an opportunity for a result-driven fundraising generalist to re-imagine and re-invigorate the community giving portfolio. On the heels of one of Canada’s largest and most successful community hospital campaigns and the resulting growth in patient services and supports, Mackenzie Health Foundation has a goal of sustaining and growing annual revenue to meet the needs of the communities it serves. This is an exciting time to become a part of this evolving team and help build the future for the hospitals and community programs that support a number of rapidly growing communities.



Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional healthcare provider serving the ethnically diverse population of more than one million people across York Region including Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, King, and surrounding communities.

The vision of Mackenzie Health is to create a world-class health experience and ensure residents receive most of their medical care close to home. This means delivering quality, compassionate, and timely patient-centered care. It means that everything is focused on patients and community. Above all, it is the people – selfless volunteers, giving donors and dedicated staff – who set Mackenzie Health apart.

Mackenzie Health includes two hospitals as well as community-based services. Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. These hospitals work in tandem, with each site offering a full-service emergency department, core services and specialized services to provide community members with the care they need.

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital

Nationally recognized for its commitment to safety and quality patient care, Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital is home to many specialized services including regional expertise for the York Region District Stroke Centre, York Region Chronic Kidney Disease Program, York Region Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault (DASA) Care Centre, York-Simcoe Brain Injury Services and the Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences.

Over its 60-year history, the hospital has grown in both physical size and in the range and sophistication of its services to meet the health care needs of one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities. From its humble beginnings in November of 1963, Mackenzie Health has transformed, becoming a two-hospital organization with the opening of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in 2021.

Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital – Canada’s First Smart Hospital

The state-of-the-art Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital opened on June 6, 2021, and features fully integrated systems and medical technology to improve the patient experience and provide the best possible care, putting Mackenzie Health on a path to becoming a technologically advanced, smart healthcare provider.

As Canada’s first smart hospital, each patient room at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital features smart beds that automatically monitor patients, giving healthcare providers real-time information without disturbing them and has smart bedside tablets, which give patients access to personalized health information, including tailored educational videos.



The communities served by Mackenzie Health are growing and with that growth, the demand for quality health care services is increasing. Mackenzie Health Foundation is at the forefront of addressing this challenge through a multitude of fundraising programs and initiatives. Donor support enables Mackenzie Health to expand facilities, add new services, and equip medical teams to meet the healthcare needs of today and tomorrow.

Moving into 2024, Mackenzie Health Foundation is gearing up for an ambitious year with the bold theme – “Be Part of Something Bigger”. True transformation comes from the collective force of community support. The continued involvement of donors is essential to ensuring a bright future for health care in communities throughout the York Region.

The Foundation is working towards increasing funds and donor commitments to meet the ever-growing needs of the community while supporting Mackenzie Health’s vision to provide a world-class healthcare experience. On the heels of the largest fundraising initiative ever undertaken by a community hospital in Canada, Mackenzie Health is motivated to do even more and to continue providing best-in-class health care services.

While government funding is essential, it often falls short of covering the full spectrum of healthcare costs. Donations are what bridge the gap. The Foundation fundraises through third-party and signature events, in honour, in memory, and monthly gifts, gifts of securities, legacy gifts, partnerships with the business community, and the generosity of individual donors. By engaging our community, Mackenzie Health Foundation ensures continued support allowing Mackenzie Health to invest in state-of-the-art technology, training opportunities for health professionals, expand and improve facilities, launch specialized programs and clinics and meet our ambitions of creating a world-leading healthcare landscape for the people of York Region.



Program and Community Leadership

  • Work collaboratively with senior leadership team to establish strategies and plans that are aligned across fundraising streams, and with overall goals, ensuring a positive donor experience and maximized revenue portfolios.
  • Establish and lead a high-performing team, providing leadership and guidance for direct reports.
  • Plan for and support the recruitment and engagement of volunteer leaders for community-based fundraising.
  • Promote the creation of third-party events in the community through networking and engagement initiatives.
  • Act as an Ambassador for Mackenzie Health Foundation in the community, including attending community events and activities, and speaking on behalf of the Foundation.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the value of the diverse cultures of the York Region, encourage inclusive behaviour, and ensure that Mackenzie Health is represented with integrity and care.
  • Develop internal relationships with Hospital and Foundation staff, promoting a culture of philanthropy.
  • Model and foster a culture of excellence, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Work collaboratively across departments on shared objectives, fostering innovation and teamwork.

Fundraising Strategy & Execution

  • Develop, manage, and execute comprehensive business and marketing strategies for the Community Giving Portfolio.
  • Lead the development of the annual plan, budget, and key performance indicators to meet annual revenue targets for Community Giving.
  • Evaluate fundraising activities and develop strategies to improve revenue performance and efficiencies and make recommendations to increase revenue and community support.
  • Grow and expand Community Giving through promotion and exploration of new opportunities.
  • Work in partnership with Marketing and Communications to develop communications plans for the Community Giving portfolio in alignment with the Foundation’s overall communications plan.
  • Collaborate internally on communications materials and assets, including website content, annual reports, newsletters, brochures and pamphlets and social media to enhance marketing.
  • Work collaboratively with the Stewardship team to develop and implement a stewardship framework for volunteers, sponsors, donors, third-party groups, and/or event participants, ensuring that communication is timely, targeted, and effective.
  • Effective oversight and management of Signature and Community events including logistics, partnerships with suppliers, sponsorships, participants, and volunteers.
  • Effectively engage and cultivate partners of third-party events and ensure tools are in place to support revenue.
  • Develop and manage processes and logistics for In Memory, and In Honor giving programs.
  • Work closely with Major Gift and Stewardship teams to facilitate the growth and maintenance of the prospect pipeline.
  • Plan and implement hospital physician and staff engagement and giving programs.
  • Work with the finance team to prepare financial reports and analysis of donor trends.
  • Effectively leverage Raiser’s Edge donor database to track, evaluate and report on fundraising activities.
  • Monitor program revenues and expenses to ensure they remain within budget.


  • Proven history of developing fundraising plans and strategies and meeting targets.
  • Fundraising experience across multiple revenue streams including events, corporate sponsorships, and mid-level giving strategies.
  • Experience leading the development and execution of community-based fundraising activities and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience building, mentoring, coaching and fostering innovation within high-performing teams.
  • Excellence in collaboration with the ability to generate innovative initiatives and solutions.
  • Strong writing skills and experience tailoring messages to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and a history of building trusting relationships with donors.
  • Experience working with data analytics to evaluate and guide planning for increased revenue generation activities.
  • Public speaking skills and enthusiasm for representing Mackenzie Health Foundation in the community.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the various cultures represented in the York region along with a commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equality, and accessibility.
  • Team player with a demonstrated commitment to driving excellence.
  • Organized, attentive to detail and effective time management skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced changing environment requiring flexibility and adaptability to meet deadlines and targets.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is considered an asset.
  • Passion for healthcare philanthropy and community-based fundraising.
  • Experience working in a healthcare-related environment is considered an asset.
  • Availability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Must have a valid Ontario driver’s license and a reliable insured vehicle.
  • University degree or college diploma in fundraising or related field or equivalent combination of skills and experience.



KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of the Mackenzie Health Foundation. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Mia Gardiner, Senior Consultant Search + Talent at

The deadline for candidate submissions is March 28, 2024. Please email your resume and letter of interest to the email address above.

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Please note that the hiring range for this position is $102,500 – $143,000 annually, plus benefits.

Mackenzie Health Foundation is a hybrid work environment. The position encompasses York Region, and some external commitments may require regional travel.

Mackenzie Health is an inclusive and equal-opportunity employer committed to being representative of the people of York Region. We encourage all interested applicants of diverse gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial or cultural identity, or whether they are a person living with a disability. We will provide accommodations for applicants upon request at any stage of the recruitment process. If you require any accommodations during the recruitment process, please notify the Search Consultant.