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Capitalize for Kids

President & CEO

Posted On: May 24, 2023
Closing On: June 27, 2023

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $225,000 - $275,000

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Capitalize for Kids is seeking a growth minded, relationship focused, strategic leader as its next President & CEO.  With responsibility for the vision, strategic planning, implementation, and management of a broad range of programs, products, events, and donor and stakeholder support, the President & CEO will play a key role in the ecosystem of supporting child and youth mental health and the effectiveness of outcomes of its programs.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will be the primary fundraiser and spokesperson for Capitalize for Kids, aligning the work of the organization with funders, key donor/charity partners and beneficiaries while driving the fundraising strategy, gift cultivation and solicitation.  This is an opportunity to work with an influential and engaged volunteer network while building new, diverse connections with the goal of diversifying and growing revenue.  Leading a dedicated and talented team of professionals, the President and CEO will also be responsible for the oversight and integration of Capitalize for Kids impact team, translating dollars raised to more children receiving care.

Adept at organizational planning and strategy, the President & CEO will lead the development and execution of the Capitalize for Kids’ next strategic plan and continue to strengthen the organization’s governance, business, and operational capabilities.  Passionate about advancing children’s health in Canada and an experienced and values driven leader of employees and volunteers, the successful candidate will embrace a culture of innovation and position our operations so we can readily take advantage of new business opportunities while maintaining the ongoing quality of current services that build programming capacity for kids’ mental health.



Capitalize for Kids began in 2014 as a charitable investors conference that raised $1 million for the Centre for Brain and Mental Health at SickKids. Today, we are a growing community of professionals rallying our friends, families, and firms to support kids’ mental health.

More than ever, kids are reaching out for support. Demand is increasing and mental health service providers are struggling to keep up.  Kids and their families are trapped on waitlists – unable to get the help they desperately need.  According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth struggle with serious mental health issues.  Unfortunately, service providers just can’t keep up with demand.

We believe that kids and their families deserve so much better. It’s why we focus on building capacity in kids’ mental health services.

We work with great agencies to identify business opportunities to increase the capacity of their existing services.  We partner with top for-profit companies on a pro-bono basis to design solutions and then we fund the required changes to an agency’s operations.  At the end of the process, we template and share what we learn so that other organizations can implement similar solutions for themselves.

We are helping service providers support more young people with their existing resources.  It means that kids spend less time looking for help and more time getting it.

Investors Conference

The 10th Annual Capitalize for Kids Investors Conference will take place in fall 2023 and will bring together over 400 attendees from across the North American alternative investment community including capital allocators, fund managers and service providers.  This initiative has raised over $13 million for child and youth mental health since 2014.

Bay Street Games

2023 marks the 6th year of the ultimate fitness competition between Bay Street firms where co-ed teams of six face off in a series of fitness challenges and at the end of the day, the winning team will be crowned as Bay Street’s Fittest Firm!  We expect 40 teams with 240 participants to take part in the games with the goal of raising $400,000 in support of Capitalize for Kids.





  • Serve as the lead ambassador for Capitalize for Kids with important external constituents including private donors, corporations, industry associations, media, community organizations, beneficiary organizations, partner consultants, and professional associations.
  • Oversee all activities of the organization to support successful fundraising efforts, (e.g., marketing, communications, events, stewardship, gift administration, information technology, and digital media), and granting (e.g., allocation of grants, selection of partner consulting firms, effectiveness of results, accountability for funds awarded, reporting of results).
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of leadership donors and prospects involving cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of influential and generous supporters.
  • Engage with key donors and volunteers, major corporate partners, and other stakeholders to seek regular input on strengths and opportunities for increased philanthropic support, advancement of the brand, and state-of-the art granting practices.
  • Forge strong strategic partnerships with child and youth mental health providers in the community.
  • Provide financial leadership, oversight, and integrity to sustain the organization and ensure the effective flow of funds to beneficiaries and partners.
  • Ensure a robust policy framework is in place to guide the activities of Capitalize for Kids and sound procedures to maximize organizational efficiency.
  • Develop the culture of the organization and a set of values that govern the effective operation of the organization and drive employee performance.
  • Seek to ensure Capitalize for Kids leadership position in the philanthropic sector.



  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Establish annual operating plans with goals, objectives, and strategies in support of the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Develop and regularly evaluate annual resource development and spending plans with Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and measurable objectives.
  • Develop underexploited opportunities for additional revenue and create new revenue producing initiatives while also leveraging a strong, loyal donor base.
  • Regularly evaluate the relationship with key business partners.


  • Act as leader, teacher, mentor, and champion for Capitalize for Kids staff and volunteers.
  • Inspire high levels of collaboration, achievement and collegiality among the Board and staff.
  • Develop a leadership team that is motivated, creative, loyal, and high performing.
  • Provide professional guidance to the leadership team and to all staff.
  • Ensure effective professional development and mentorship is provided to employees and that state-of-the-art employee policies and procedures are in place.
  • Create a work environment characterized by high morale and built on respect for employees. As the leader, the President & CEO is expected to build consensus and set clear expectations for excellence and accountability.
  • Engage volunteers to stimulate and increase involvement in organizational activities.


  • Regularly evaluate Capitalize for Kids programs and assess progress toward goals; report on results to internal stakeholders.
  • Ensure alignment of business strategies across the organization.
  • Regularly assess the organizational structure, team, programs, events, and products to refine, improve, and build on existing strengths and take advantage of new opportunities.
  • Creatively approach new opportunities for revenue growth.




  • A senior leader with a demonstrated and successful track record leading a complex organization.
  • Experience in a mission-driven organization, either directly through employment or as a board member of a not-for-profit organization.
  • Prior fundraising experience, including direct involvement in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and partners, raising significant funds.
  • Experience building and growing revenue generating programs and projects.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to engage, motivate and unify individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds in a manner that increases philanthropic support.
  • Experience successfully working with a volunteer Board and an understanding of not-for-profit governance and regulatory and reporting requirements.
  • Exposure to volunteer structures and the ability to create meaningful contexts for volunteer involvement in fundraising activities.
  • A reputation as a team-oriented and collegial executive with the ability to influence, inspire, and interact effectively with diverse stakeholders and engender trust and confidence; a leader who others want to follow.
  • Experience hiring and leading diverse, high performing teams; inspiring high levels of mutual respect, collaboration, and collegiality.
  • Proven business acumen and experience managing complex financial models.
  • Experience leading a major business or division with ultimate accountability for success.
  • Undergraduate degree required; graduate degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education and related work experience will be considered.


  • Comfortable in a mission-oriented setting where relationship building for the purpose of raising money is a primary role.
  • Understanding of the Canadian healthcare model, particularly in the mental health space, is considered an asset.
  • Superior relationship building and listening skills accompanied by a genuine interest in the opinions of others.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Communication skills that will enable them to quickly earn a reputation for being straightforward, honest, trustworthy, reliable, and confidential.
  • Delegation skills.
  • Intelligent, a quick learner; demonstrates empathy and curiosity.
  • Mission driven, a person whose caring nature is genuine and evident to others.
  • Articulate, equally comfortable as a spokesperson and one-on-one.
  • Collaborative, seeks input from others, listens and is willing to consider new ideas, but is also decisive.
  • Achievement oriented with both the ability to master details and manage strategically.
  • Self aware, with strong emotional intelligence, high integrity, and unquestioned ethics.
  • Self confident but with low ego needs.
  • Patient, cool headed in crisis, well-grounded, and even-tempered.
  • Possesses a sense of humour that contributes to a healthy work environment.



KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Capitalize for Kids. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Vice President or Tara George, Partner / Lead KCI Search + Talent by email at

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All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by June 27, 2023.

The salary for this position is $225,000 – $275,000.

Capitalize for Kids welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Capitalize for Kids is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages applications from all persons including those with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.