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MS Society of Canada

Manager, Principal Giving

Posted On: January 6, 2022
Closing On: January 26, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $75,000 - $85,000

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Are you someone who is passionate about the work that you do? Do you want your next adventure to be part of a great cause? If so, look no further than the MS Society of Canada! Our team is looking for a strategic, innovative, and proactive Manager, Principal Giving to further enhance the MS Society’s fundraising capacity located in Toronto on a full-time basis working 35 hours per week.

Who we are

We have a bold vision of a world free of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Our mission is to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change and you can be part of that!

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease.

We are privileged to be a part of a determined group of change agents who are working tirelessly to create a world free of MS. Some 1500 Canadians affected by MS serve as leadership volunteers on division and chapter councils and committees and an estimated 13,500 volunteers work tirelessly delivering programs, fundraising events, public awareness campaigns and social action activities.

Through discoveries, innovation, and collective action, we will work together to alleviate the uncertainty that MS causes, help provide accessible options for disease management, and reach out to partners to eliminate physical and social barriers in our communities.

Our strategy not only lays out the roadmap in our journey to create a world free of MS, but we hope it also provides inspiration for all in the MS community to connect and collaborate in order to advance treatment and care, enhance well-being, understand and halt disease progression, and prevent MS from happening. Discover. Innovate. Act.

What we offer

At the MS Society of Canada, we have a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, short-term disability, an employee and family assistance program (EFAP) and travel insurance, to name a few. We also offer a RRSP matching program. Not only do we close between Christmas and New Years, but we also have half day Friday’s before long weekends! On top of that, we offer flexible working arrangements and opportunities to work remotely as well! Who wouldn’t want all of that?

The role you will play                                                                       

  • Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy, the incumbent will serve as a key member of the Philanthropy team responsible for significantly increasing the Society’s revenue from Principal ($100,000+) and planned gifts on an annual basis
  • Actively build, manage, and maintain a high-value portfolio of up to 120 individuals and foundation donors and prospects with capacity to give primarily at the six-, and seven-figure levels
  • Maintain accuracy of all active donor files including all related donor record administration, briefing notes, and contact reports
  • Work closely with colleagues across the Multiple Sclerosis Society team as well as volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors to achieve annual fundraising targets according to agreed upon metrics, milestone, and deliverables
  • Help build the principal, major and planned giving pipeline, identify innovative fundraising opportunities, and create engagement strategies that increase donor giving, upgrades, and retention
  • Be a strong and proactive communicator for the MS Society of Canada’s mission by preparing written correspondence; designing and writing proposals and solicitations; preparing strategy, briefing, and talking point documents; and creating presentations describing our organizational priorities: research and, programs & services
  • Collaborate with teams and colleagues as it relates to mission priorities, prospect research, data analysis, cultivation, and stewardship
  • Willingness and ability and travel (dependent on pandemic status).
  • Experience in and commitment to using computer-based donor relationship management systems (e.g., SalesForce) in support of fundraising efforts

What you will bring

Are you someone who has:

  • Three to five years of demonstrated success in personally building philanthropic relationships with high-net worth individuals; working closely and productively with volunteer and senior staff leadership; and identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing leadership gifts
  • Proven ability to work well with a wide range of constituents, including volunteers, donors, executives, and researchers
  • A proven track record of developing successful individual fundraising strategies that expand the base, grow revenue, and strengthen existing donor relationships
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful fundraising professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, impeccable integrity, demonstrated initiative, professionalism, intellectual curiosity, and the temperament to work effectively and productively with colleagues, donors, volunteers, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and concisely (both in writing and orally) with multiple audiences; listens as well as gives advice; and respects others
  • Demonstrates the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • A broad knowledge of industry best practices, standard operating procedures, and new approaches to philanthropic giving
  • A strong affinity for the cause and/or health research
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment

If this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you!

If everything you have read so far has made you want to be part of this fantastic team, please send your application that includes your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to by January 19, 2021. Applications without salary expectations will not be considered.

All positions at the MS Society of Canada will require a criminal background check.  This position is also a position of trust. The incumbent will be required to complete the screening process including completion a credit and or education verification check in compliance with the National Screening Measures Policy.

The MS Society is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture amongst the whole workforce where people from all backgrounds can thrive.

To protect the health and safety of our employees and the MS community, the MS Society is requiring employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or obtain an approved exemption. Upon hire, we would need proof of vaccination or an approved exemption.

Our aim is to ensure that all employees, volunteers and those interested in joining our team are given equal opportunity and that our organization is representative of all sections of society. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs throughout the selection process. Please contact should you need accommodation.

To learn more about the MS Society of Canada and the great work that we do, we encourage you to visit