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Food For The Poor Canada

Senior Manager, Philanthropy

Posted On: November 30, 2021
Closing On: January 21, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $85,000-95,000 Annually


Food For The Poor Canada is seeking a fundraising professional who will provide leadership and expertise to grow our fundraising programs and department. As our Senior Manager, Philanthropy, with a specific focus on major gifts and monthly giving, you are interested in an executive leadership role in the next few years. FFPC is in an exciting period of growth and is looking for someone to help build the organization’s capacity and work.


Food For The Poor of Canada, Inc. (FFPC) is a small and nimble charity that has the infrastructure of a large NGO. We work with established partners, Food For The Poor US, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana and other partners in the Caribbean and Latin America, to support humanitarian projects that create lasting impact. We build villages, homes, schools, and clinics and manage sustainability projects funded by FFPC donors. Our work also involves the distribution of goods to schools, orphanages, churches, hospitals, and community leaders that work directly with the people they serve.

Over the last 13 years FFPC and its donors have built 160 homes and 35 schools, as well as shipped $40 million worth of food, educational and medical supplies.

FFPC uses a unique and powerful combination of basic aid and sustainable development to build strong and prosperous communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. We respond to urgent needs while also building community and social infrastructure where it is needed most, through food, housing, education, health and livelihood.


Building on FFPC’s 13 years of work and relationships, the Senior Manager, Philanthropy will be responsible for creating and executing an annual fund development plan to elevate fundraising, setting clear goals and metrics for revenue development, as well as through volunteer and donor engagement. Reporting to the Executive Director and providing leadership as we build our fundraising team, the Senior Manager, Philanthropy will be a valued member of the senior leadership team, with the opportunity to grow in further leadership roles.

The Senior Manager, Philanthropy will provide expertise and leadership to develop overarching annual plans based on best practice fundraising. With an “out the door” approach and an active presence in the community, the ideal candidate will be motivated to enhance current donor relationships and to explore new ways of securing our next generation of donors. An authentic and compelling storyteller, the Senior Manager, Philanthropy will proudly articulate for support and will exhibit great skill in expressing the various ways donors can partner in addressing poverty in the Caribbean and Latin America.


You are a team player and a positive individual who leads by example, an accomplished fundraising professional with major giving experience. You have applied strategic thinking to successfully grow a major gifts program, and a track record in securing gifts of $10,000 and above from corporations, individuals and family foundations. You are articulate, genuine, and a relationship builder with excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.

You are an energetic, high-achiever who takes the initiative and goes the extra mile, and you know how to prioritize. Collaborative and supportive, you will be a philanthropy partner to the Executive Director and our board.  You are genuinely donor-centric, with a strong commitment to sharing our impact. Performance-driven and results-oriented with a strong focus on accountabilities, you are confident, creative, and you have an active interest in growing the capacity of the organization.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Manager, Philanthropy will be responsible for:

Strategy and Planning

  • Participate with the senior team in the strategic- and business-planning process
  • Develop strategies for building a competitive position for securing donations and maximizing giving opportunities, towards the achievement of short and long term goals
  • Develop and manage annual budget and operating plans, and targets for individuals, foundations, and corporations


  • Ensure the best possible stewardship of all donor relationships
  • Personally manage a portfolio of prospects and donors
  • Build and maintain relationships with assigned donors
  • Research, identify and pursue opportunities for annual funding
  • Develop and execute corporate, foundation and partnership campaigns
  • In collaboration with the senior team, establish appropriate annual-fundraising goals for portfolio, target and metrics to ensure that all fundraising efforts are effective, efficient and successful
  • Oversee the fundraising program, including major and planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, digital and direct mail acquisition
  • Write a variety of documents such as donor correspondence, contact reports, proposals and briefing notes
  • Assess, evaluate, and implement changes as needed, towards fundraising activities and practices
  • Ensure progress tracking, financial controls, and reporting systems are in place
  • Represent FFPC to our external community by being informed, articulate, and enthusiastic about our mission and work

Staff and Volunteer Leadership

  • Grow, manage and provide leadership and oversight to the Fundraising team. Includes direction, support, coaching, and mentorship
  • Grow the leadership volunteer structure, and participate in the identification, recruitment, training, management, and stewardship of fundraising volunteers
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, champion fundraising and a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization

Operational Management

  • Ensure the development and maintenance of policies, practices, and standards
  • Ensure all fundraising policies and practices continue to meet Canada Revenue Agency requirements

Required Qualifications and Competencies

  • Minimum of 5- 7 years experience in fundraising
  • A university degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • CFRE designation a strong asset
  • Leadership, expertise and demonstrated success in fundraising
  • Proven experience developing and implementing strategies and plans resulting in increased revenue
  • Solid track record in soliciting and closing major gifts
  • Experience identifying and setting funding priorities and matching opportunities with donor interests
  • Demonstrated experience building budgets and monitoring financial progress
  • Experience developing and implementing custom- and mass-donor stewardship strategies
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-management skills; ability to work well with a diverse group of people and build strong relationships
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with board members, committees, and volunteers
  • Strong verbal, communication and writing skills, along with polished presentation skills
  • Experience leading and coaching a professional fundraising team and motivating performance standards
  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Consistently demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism, confidentiality, integrity, and sensitivity
  • Familiarity with the Caribbean and Latin America, its level of poverty and issues, an asset
  • Strong computer skills, including all of Microsoft Office
  • Experience using a CRM database
  • Capacity for travel with some evening and weekend work


  • Work from home until physical distancing measures are lifted, opportunity for flexible hybrid of in-office and work from home after that
  • Office located at Bay and Bloor, steps from Yorkville
  • We offer an enhanced benefits package including health, dental, long-term disability, paid sick days, personal days and more
  • We offer a positive work environment and a culture that supports healthy work-life balance as well as opportunities for professional development
  • Working in a small shop you will get to see all the inner workings of a charity and as part of a small team you will have a chance to make a real impact
  • This is a permanent, full-time position


Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Samantha Mahfood, Executive Director at by January 21, 2022.

We will be reviewing and evaluating applications on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is found and so early applications are encouraged. We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

FFPC supports equal employment opportunities and encourages applicants from all faiths, beliefs and diverse backgrounds.