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Covenant House Toronto

Donor Stewardship Writer

Posted On: July 14, 2022
Closing On: August 14, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: contract
Level: beginner
Salary Range: 55,000 - 60,000

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Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, we offer the widest range of services to an average of 280 young people each day.

As a national leader, we educate and advocate for long-term change to improve the lives of vulnerable youth. This includes influencing public policy, leading awareness and prevention programs and continually building and sharing our knowledge. As a learning organization, we strive for excellence and programs with impact.

More than a place to stay, we provide life-changing care with unconditional love and respect. We meet youth’s immediate needs and then we work together to achieve their future goals. We offer housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing care once youth move into the community.

To do all this, we rely on donors for 75 per cent of our $40-million annual operating budget. Since opening our doors in 1982, Covenant House has served more than 100,000 young people.

Reporting to the Manager of Donor Stewardship and Engagement, this is an 18 month contract position on an effective high-performing team.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Content Development

Working with the Major Gift and Corporate Giving teams, and other relevant development and program staff to coordinate and support proposal development, solicitation and stewardship processes. This includes:

  • Acting as the lead writer for proposals for major donors, corporations, foundations.
  • Create compelling reports that clearly and effectively articulate the impact of the corporation/foundation/major donor’s contribution.
  • Develop, coordinate and provide technical advice on an array of print and electronic communications that support all stages of the donor-cycle.
  • Ensure communications products (proposals, reports, correspondence, etc.) are error-free, adhere to guidelines and are in alignment with Covenant House Toronto’s brand and strategic priorities.
  • Develop compelling donor, staff and program stories

Information Management

  • Maintain grant deadlines and track submissions and results. Coordinate with fundraising portfolio managers on moves management processes as it relates to proposals/solicitations and stewardship reports.
  • Maintain a library of donor communications products (e.g. proposals, customised materials, impact reports, etc.).
  • Coordinate with Direct Marketing, Communications, other relevant parties on sourcing/ sharing content across teams.

Other Tasks

  • Stay current on donor landscape, evolving trends and best practices.
  • Performing other tasks as required.

Qualifications & Competencies (include but are not limited to):

  • Post secondary education in Communication, Marketing, Journalism or other relevant field and 3 years experience in grant writing and fundraising; or a combination of comparable experiences.
  • Demonstrated track record in developing successful proposals for private donors at the six and seven figures level.
  • Ability to understand and synthesize technical information into clear, concise and impactful donor communications.
  • Creative and innovative; able to identify and develop new opportunities and adapt to changing situations.
  • A critical thinker with experience or interest in social services, youth services and the homelessness sector.
  • Excellent copywriting skills and knowing what keeps audiences engaged.
  • A skilled organizer with excellent time management abilities, strong attention to detail and able to multi-task.
  • Experience with the Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM database.
    • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office.
    • Experience with Canva, Photoshop, InDesign considered an asset.
    • Police check vulnerable sector screening.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to Human Resources, on or before August 14th, 2022 directly to with subject line “AFP Applicant – Donor Stewardship Writer”

Fax: 416.204.7030

This position is a 18-month parental leave contract. Salary range for this position is $55,000 – $60,000. This position is hybrid in office and work from home.

We thank all applicants however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. As an employer, Covenant House is committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from qualified individuals who represent diverse communities.