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Kensington Health Foundation

Donor Relations Officer

Posted On: August 5, 2022
Closing On: August 21, 2022

Location: Toronto
Effective: October 1, 2022
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $44,850-$47,000

Kensington Health:

Kensington Health is a not-for-profit, community-based model of specialized healthcare services that creates consistently better health outcomes by tirelessly pursuing the best ways to respond to unmet health needs within the communities served.

Kensington Health offers a diverse range of services including long-term care, hospice and community care, cancer screening, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology, and eye tissue processing for transplants.

Kensington Health is deeply committed to being an inclusive place to work, live and receive care. In addition, Kensington Health is a system partner, helping to co-lead and support the Mid-West Toronto Ontario Health Team, and are affiliated with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine.

For additional information about Kensington Health, please visit our website at

Kensington Health Foundation:

The Kensington Health Foundation supports the mission, programs and services of the Kensington Health Centre, including the Kensington Hospice, the Kensington Eye Institute, the Kensington Research Institute, the Kensington Cancer Screening Centre, and the Second Mile Club.

Position Overview:

The Donor Relations Officer will assist in the development and execution of a strategy for stewarding major gift donors by identifying, building and managing a dynamic portfolio of potential donors. Working with all areas of donor engagement, the role will support implementation of appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.

The successful candidate will be an essential member of the team, contributing to the operation of a comprehensive donor relations program ensuring that the Kensington Health Foundation exceeds donor expectations in the ways that we acknowledge, recognize, engage and are accountable to our donors. Reporting to management, the role is responsible for supporting all phases of donor engagement. You will work with colleagues throughout the organization to ensure all supporters feel extremely positive about the impact of their generosity on patient care and have the utmost confidence in our Foundation to manage and recognize their contributions.


Donor Relations:

  • Assist in establishing pipelines of donors and prospects to support the fundraising efforts of the Foundation with intimate knowledge of donor database, understanding of past history of giving, and providing detailed donor research.
  • Assess needs and contributes to the development and implementation of plans for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition.
  • Conducts donor prospecting and advanced research and analysis from a variety of sources to provide detailed background data on major gift donors.
  • Ensure donor stewardship touch points and activities are executed and tracked in Raiser’s Edge, as per our stewardship matrix and gift agreements.
  • Prepare regular stewardship reports.
  • Maintain all donor listings and manage donor wall updates.
  • Oversee physical naming opportunities including maintaining up-to-date inventory; identifying future possibilities; advising team members on opportunities; and, adhering to policies and procedures.
  • Update and customize standard stewardship letters and tax receipt templates.
  • Working with the Kensington Health team, compile reports on program outcomes and statistics for the purposes of donor and funder reporting.

Database & Gift Processing:

  • Responsible for oversight of the Raiser’s Edge database and online peer-to-peer fundraising systems, including maintaining donor records, ensuring data accuracy and integrity in accordance with the Foundation’s policies and procedures.
  • Process donations, generate personalized acknowledgements, and issue tax receipts in accordance with CRA guidelines.
  • Generate comprehensive reports, including revenue reports, fundraising metrics and donor lists.
  • Generate mailing lists for all direct mail activities and other event or marketing communications, including the Holiday and Spring campaigns.
  • Execute follow-up activities for In-Memory and Tribute donors.
  • Maintain administrative systems and adhere to filing protocols without exception.
  • Remain knowledgeable about the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, and other legislative requirements, and ensure compliance in the distribution of materials.


  • Write and coordinate communications to donors on behalf of the Foundation, including personal notes, acknowledgements, receipts, tribute and holiday cards, welcome packages, and impact correspondence.
  • Write tailored thank you letters and pledge reminder letters; prepare a range of thank you and acknowledgement letters, including correspondence from the office of the Foundation CEO.
  • Acts as the first point of contact for donors building and maintaining excellent relationships via phone, website, email and social media.
  • Coordinate and execute print and electronic stewardship communications.
  • Assist with the writing of content for marketing and communications materials.
  • Provide support for execution of events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • A passion for health care and motivated by seeing the meaningful work of Kensington Health.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate well with co-workers, peers, donors, volunteers and others.
  • Outstanding writing skills.
  • Highly organized with keen attention to detail.
  • Highly professional, mature and confident.
  • Proven track record in meeting revenue targets and deadlines while working under strict time constraints and with a diversity of projects.
  • Proven project management success with ability to set priorities and manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Able to work effectively both in-office and remotely.
  • Proactive self-starter who works collaboratively but is comfortable initiating projects and working autonomously.
  • Strong customer service mindset and skill set.
  • Creative, innovative and resourceful.
  • Sense of humour, energetic, and positive attitude.
  • Embraces change and looks for opportunities for continuous improvement personally and for the organization.
  • Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Positive and helpful attitude with superior customer service skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player who can engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Kensington Health Foundation and Kensington Health.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A high level of integrity and commitment to fundraising ethics.
  • An independent self-starter who works well with other team members.
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple priorities.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a professional fundraising organization; experience directly in a healthcare or hospital foundation environment preferred.
  • Experience working with volunteer committees is required, demonstrated ability to engage, inspire and train volunteers/community leaders.
  • Experience building donor relationships.
  • Intermediate level experience with Raiser’s Edge.
  • Advanced level of proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe products a strong asset.
  • Experience in coordinating video production, social media, and/or graphic design an asset.
  • Experience in writing for senior leadership.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms considered an asset.

Required Professional Designation/Certificate:

  • Post-secondary degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Please submit resumes by 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Kensington Health thanks all applicants for their interest in advance however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


COVID-19 Precautions:

  • Candidate must be fully vaccinated including 3rd dose:
    • Successful candidates will have to provide Kensington Health with a proof of COVID-19 vaccination (religious and medical exemptions may apply).
  • Active screening for all staff, residents, and visitors.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE):
    • Masks must be worn at all times except when eating (new masks are provided when mask becomes soiled).
    • Eye protection (goggles or face shield) required whenever within 6 feet of a resident or there is potential that they will be within 6 feet of the resident.
    • Gowns provided when entering the room of an isolated resident (most likely not applicable for this position).
    • N95 required when in contact with positive residents.
  • Social distancing, floor marks and room signage.
  • Increased hand hygiene.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high touch areas.
  • Cohorting staff.
  • Audits- universal masking, donning, and doffing, 4 moments of hand hygiene.
  • Infection control training.
  • Staff who are ill, who come in contact with an ill person, or travelled, are not permitted to report for work and must isolate until cleared by Occupational Health or Toronto Public Health.
  • Any positive staff or resident cases are reported to Toronto Public Health who directs on interventions that we must be implemented.


Kensington Health is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. Candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process, such as tests, skills demonstrations, etc. Kensington Health is committed to providing reasonable accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.