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YWCA Toronto

Foundations, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer

Posted On: January 19, 2023
Closing On: January 30, 2023

Location: Toronto
Effective: February 20, 2023
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $51,829 (L6), plus comprehensive benefits

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 Employment Type:  Full-Time, Permanent

Work Hours:  35 hours per week

Salary:  $51,829 (L6), plus comprehensive benefits

Location:   87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

Internal Application Deadline:   Friday, January 27, 2023

External Application Deadline:   Monday, January 30, 2023


YWCA Toronto strives to uphold anti-discrimination practices and anti-oppression principles to ensure that the rights of all individuals are respected and protected. We work to promote a climate that is welcoming of all women and individuals who identify as Trans, intersex, non-binary, agender, and/or Two-Spirit. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people from all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

The Foundations, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer is responsible for co-ordinating donor-focused programs and activities in the areas of foundations, major gifts and planned giving.


YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and gender diverse people. Our programs promote equality, economic security and lives free from violence. We help women, girls and gender diverse people flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs. We also engage in systemic advocacy.


  • Helps to maintain a departmental focus on developing quality relationships with foundations and individual major gifts and planned giving donors;
  • Works closely with the Manager of Foundations & Planned Giving and the Head of Major Gifts and Stewardship to ensure appropriate and effective strategies and systems are in place to identify new planned gifts, major donors and foundations, cultivate and educate potential donors and recognize, engage and steward current donors;
  • Tracks donor relationships and solicitations in Raiser’s Edge CRM;
  • Co-ordinates the planned giving recognition program;
  • Participates in the development of program materials in collaboration with Advocacy and Communications department;
  • Assists in planning and monitoring the related program budgets;
  • Researches prospective foundations and individuals to approach;
  • Writes persuasive funding proposals;
  • Prepares appropriate reports for effective monitoring of foundations and planned giving;
  • Prepares donor profiles and impact reports as needed and within agreed upon timelines.


  • In-depth knowledge of an academic or technical discipline normally acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree (e.g. arts, social sciences, business). In addition, a certificate or diploma in fundraising will be considered an asset (Cases for Equivalency will be considered);
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience within a fundraising department, preferably in a role related to individual or foundation giving;
  • Proven history of writing persuasive cases-for-support and proposals and securing funding;
  • Experience with prospect research;
  • Familiarity with planned giving;
  • Knowledge of the social service sector and awareness of issues affecting women, girls and gender diverse people;
  • Computer competency in word processing, spreadsheets and database management software (Raiser’s Edge preferred);
  • Superior organizational and administrative skills as well as a proven ability to work within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship management skills;
  • Demonstrated good judgment and the ability to manage multiple projects.

Note: Restriction on vacation during key donor engagement periods and events. It may be necessary at times to work in excess of 35 hours per week, and this may include evenings and weekends.

Vaccination Policy: In accordance with YWCA Toronto’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all YWCA Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination series by October 30, 2021. As a condition of hire, new staff will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to their first day of work.  The YWCA will consider written requests for accommodation under the Human Rights Code on a case by case basis and will accommodate those individuals who are legally entitled to accommodation.


Please submit your cover letter and résumé to Monika Sormova, Manager of Foundations and Planned Giving, at Please quote JOB ID number PHIL823 and your name in the subject line.

Please note: A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring. YWCA Toronto is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. This position is within the Bargaining Unit. Please indicate on your cover letter your email subject line, if you are an internal candidate. For internal applicants, this position is not secondable.

YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

YWCA Toronto is a Scent-Sensitive Workplace.

Posting Date: January 18, 2023