Manager, Philanthropy & Partnerships
Who We Are
Shorefast is one of North America’s most creative and notable social enterprises and the charitable organization behind the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn and Fogo Island Arts. Shorefast’s work has garnered significant international interest including a feature on 60 Minutes and named in The New York Times’ 52 Places for a Changed World.
Shorefast is committed to building economic and cultural resilience on Fogo Island while making it possible for local communities to thrive in the global economy; we’re forging a new path at the intersection of business, philanthropy, and community economic development.
Shorefast is a multi-faceted organization with both charitable and business operations focused on community economic development. We are at an exciting time in our organization history as we build out our fundraising team to support a period of significant growth.
The Manager, Philanthropy & Partnerships is a full-time, permanent position based in Newfoundland (special consideration given to Fogo Island-based candidates) or Toronto. The Manager, Philanthropy & Partnerships will lead fundraising activity in support of organizational priorities, with a portfolio focused primarily on generating philanthropic support for Fogo Island Arts (FIA) through major gifts and a Patrons’ program. As a critical member of a growing fundraising team, this position will report to the Director, Philanthropy & Partnerships, with a dotted line to the Director, Fogo Island Arts. Applying an entrepreneurial, community-centric lens to your work, you will intersect with a variety of dynamic, engaging individuals, including leading figures in the visual arts and creative sectors.
What You’ll Do
• Craft compelling and customized major gift proposals, successfully articulating the case for support.
• Collaborates with FIA leadership to plan and execute Patrons stewardship activities that result in meaningful donor engagement and inspire increased philanthropic involvement in FIA and Shorefast.
• Assists with research, itinerary development, and travel arrangements for events within Canada and international, including visits to private collections, museums, artist studios, etc.
• Accountable for timely delivery of donor acknowledgements and benefits and maintaining accurate and complete donor records.
• Liaises directly with donors and tracks and prompts donor touchpoints and activity with Shorefast CEO and FIA leadership.
• Prepares solicitation packages, thank you letters and follow up messages, and correspondence for signature in a timely fashion.
• Responsible for ongoing communications and relationships with funders, including program updates and invitations, written impact reports, funder surveys, and in-person meetings.
• Responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to further grow FIA and Shorefast’s donor family to meet revenue targets.
• In collaboration with program areas, oversees the complete grant cycle process, including writing complex, high quality grant applications and proposals, preparing budgets and other materials/documentation (reports, letters of intent, program briefs, etc.), managing the submission and follow-up.
• Prepares summaries and briefings for executive meetings and conversations with patrons and major donors.
• Identifies new potential fundraising activities and events that align with FIA programming.
Qualifications you’ll bring
• Post-secondary education or equivalent experience
• 3 years of direct work experience in non-profit fundraising.
• A proven relationship builder with exceptional interpersonal skills. Strong working knowledge of fundraising techniques for major gifts and high-end donor acquisition and retention.
• Well-developed communication skills with a high attention to detail and ability to craft persuasive and succinct communications.
• Knowledge of contemporary art an asset.
• Event management experience.
What we offer
• An engaged, progressive, highly supportive, flexible, and collaborative work environment.
• A commitment to recruiting, promoting, and training qualified individuals at all levels within the organization.
• Competitive benefits program including group insurance plan, Employee Assistance Program, and other benefits.
Submit cover letter and resume to email@example.com, subject line “Manager, Philanthropy & Partnerships”. Questions may also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are grateful for all applications but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.