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The Safehaven Project for Community Living

Director, Philanthropy

Posted On: November 9, 2022
Closing On: December 24, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $110k - $148k

About Safehaven 

Safehaven is a not-for-profit organization focused on delivering exceptional residential and respite care to individuals with medical complexities and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Our mission is to create a more inclusive world for individuals with medical complexities, where every individual has the right to experience life to the fullest regardless of their physical or mental disabilities. With six locations across the GTA, Safehaven serves individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, genetic disorders, and other medically complex care needs.

Safehaven is a client-centered, inclusive community-based organization that is Accredited by Accreditation Canada with Exemplary Standing, a designation provided to organizations considered best in class.

Our Future 

At Safehaven, we are constantly striving to better serve our clients and communities that need us most. That’s why we are currently exploring opportunities to expand our service offerings beyond children to include adults, developing programs and services to care for more medically complex individuals, and implementing innovative therapy and recreational programs for our existing and future clients.

In order for Safehaven to achieve our goals, we are looking for exceptional people with huge hearts who are motivated by positively impacting the lives of others and believe in our vision of creating a more inclusive world for people with complex care needs.

Whether you are working in one of our locations, or in a client’s home, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference and improve the lives of clients and their families in our communities. You will be part of an outstanding team that is so passionate about the work we do.


Safehaven is looking for a Director of Philanthropy who brings the skills and experience to help the organization achieve our ambitious ten-year agenda to expand services and facilities with several new builds across the Greater Toronto Area. The successful candidate will be responsible for not only building and executing a fundraising program designed to lead the organization through multiple capital campaigns but to continue to grow and develop our annual giving program as well. The individual will be responsible for building a team of individuals to achieve our vision of creating a more inclusive world for individuals with health complexities and advancing community base care for those in need of services and housing.

Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Philanthropy will be a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team, helping to ensure that the organization achieves its strategic goals and objectives.



  • Develop and execute a donor acquisition strategy including prospect identification and qualification, engagement, solicitation, and cultivation
  • Evaluate and evolve the current annual giving program (~$250,000) with a focus on retention and growth within the corporate, foundation and individual donor streams
  • Oversee and expand Safehaven’s stewardship program to build affinity and relationships with the organization
  • Build a major gifts program for Safehaven
  • Stay current with philanthropy landscape, fundraising trends, and best practices
  • Refine and launch Safehaven’s donor recognition program
  • Work in partnership with the communications team to craft philanthropy-specific communications and marketing pieces such as customized solicitations, monthly newsletters, product development, etc., to support donor engagement and giving

Volunteer Engagement 

  • Lead recruitment for Safehaven’s first campaign cabinet including prospect identification, outreach, and orientation
  • Provide guidance and oversight to Safehaven’s Volunteer Lead to execute on key stewardship and cultivation activities
  • Act as the primary staff lead to the Philanthropy and Communications Committee, and accompanying Campaign Planning Sub-Committee, of the Board of Directors


  • Build and manage the department budget, report on progress towards goal and attend finance committee meetings to discuss
  • Develop and launch a philanthropy scorecard to support quarterly reporting to Senior Leadership and the Philanthropy and Communications committee
  • Contribute to Senior Leadership team and ensure that the organization is progressing towards meeting strategic goals and priorities outlined in the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan
  • Provide leadership and oversight to the philanthropy team (as recruited) to support strategy execution, provide coaching and leadership and create opportunities for professional development


The successful candidate will possess the following key competencies:

  • An educational background including a recognized university degree or equivalent, with a CFRE designation considered an asset
  • A successful track record in cultivating donor and volunteer relationships to secure major ($25K+) and principal ($1M+) gifts
  • A minimum 5+ years of managing and leading a comprehensive donor-centred fundraising program encompassing annual, major and legacy giving
  • Demonstrated campaign success, from planning through implementation on budget
  • Experience recruiting, guiding and engaging Board members and campaign volunteers
  • Demonstrated strategic planning skills and entrepreneurial creativity in building organizational fundraising capacity
  • Expert written and oral communications skills with highly developed ability to deliver meaningful presentations and effectively communicate impact with external audience
  • Proven experience in working with CRM systems
  • A commitment to equity and inclusion, collaboration and making a positive difference for Safehaven clients and families

How to Apply

Please submit your resume to:

We thank all interested candidates for applying. Successful candidates will be contacted to participate in the interview process.

All Safehaven employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with  Safehaven policies.

Safehaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We are committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or testing, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.

Accommodation can be made for individuals identifying with a disability under the Ontario human rights Code.