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Tim Hortons Foundation Camps

Senior Manager, Special Events

Posted On: November 3, 2021
Closing On: December 3, 2021

Location: GTA or St. George, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior

*Tim Hortons Foundation Camps is adding four exciting new roles to the Development team and seeking a Senior Manager (Corporate Partnerships), Senior Manager (Individual Giving), Senior Manager (Special Events) and Senior Manager (Marketing & Fund Development). For more information, please see additional position briefs at and contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent.


As a leader in youth development, Tim Hortons Foundation Camps (THFC) has for the past 45 years, served more than 300,000 youth from every Tim Hortons community, empowering them to believe in their own potential and change their stories for the better.

Reporting to the Director, Fund Development, the Senior Manager, Special Events plays a critical leadership role in the strategic development and implementation of all signature fundraising events for the Foundation.  The execution of this strategy will increase awareness, engagement and donor loyalty of our current donors and acquire new supporters to the Foundation.

The Senior Manager will ensure the successful execution of all fundraising special events including signature events (galas, auctions, golf tournaments), peer-to-peer fundraising events, 3rd party/community events as well as events related to corporate partners. Employing best practices in the event field, the new incumbent will seek fresh ideas and approaches to build, enhance, improve, and grow our existing events, incorporating cross-promotion options and maximizing opportunities across the organization.

Prior to the pandemic, revenues from events totaled $2,300,000 annually. As more events are now re-starting, the target for 2022 has been set for gradual re-growth at $1,300,000. Fiscally aware, with a keen eye on the bottom line, the Senior Manager will employ strategic and broad oversight of our key signature events, ensuring accountability to timelines, goals, and targets.

The Senior Manager, Special Events will work closely with event volunteer committees (involving Tim Hortons restaurant owners and others) and manage one direct report (the Specialist, Special Events and Sponsorship). All large-scale events are also supported by the whole Fund Development team. The Senior Manager will be an important contributor to THFC’s culture, driven by inclusivity, collaboration, and our strategic framework.

The new incumbent will work closely with related corporate Tim Hortons departments and restaurant owners to further strengthen our relationships and partnerships across the organization.

While positioning for continued fundraising capacity growth, allowing for greater reach and impact of our programs, THFC remains focused on what has always made it an incredible organization: a strong culture that models excellence in everything we do; making a meaningful and lifelong difference in the lives of the young people we serve; and, inspiring everyone who encounters them.

This position will be remotely based in the GTA area or at the THFC home office in St. George, Ontario. The Senior Manager will need to travel domestically and in the USA, occasionally and when it is safe to do so.



The Tim Hortons Foundation Camps was established in 1974 in memory of the great hockey player, Tim Horton, to honour his love for children and his desire to make a difference in their lives. The Foundation is dedicated to fostering within our youth the quest for a brighter future. 

As a charitable youth development organization, the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps funds and delivers programs designed to address the cultural roots of poverty and change the way that young people from economically disadvantaged circumstances think about themselves and the opportunities that exist for them. We meet youth where they are, offering a multi-year leadership development program tailor-made to the challenges they face and supporting their development of important life skills.

Through our Summer and School Programs, we invest in youth from Tim Hortons communities across North America. Building on the strengths that exist within them, youth develop into empowered and engaged community members, able to change their story.

We work with Tim Hortons restaurant owners, schools from priority neighbourhoods, youth serving agencies like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children’s Aid to select kids who would benefit from a Tims Camps experience.

Tims Camps has seven camp locations across Canada and the United States. Camp experiences are completely free to campers and their families thanks to our passionate restaurant owners, team members, guests, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.

Multi-day, multi-visit & multi-impact – our programs offer a deep investment in youth, whether in-person at summer camp, in classrooms and at camp during the school year, or virtually through our digital programming. At camp, youth learn skills geared towards positive relationships, academic success, and community engagement, and in between sessions they complete a community service project. In 2020, we unveiled a digital eCamp experience to provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing space for youth during the pandemic.

Everything we do is measurable. We have successfully used camp experiences to develop social and emotional skills and learning and innovation skills. The impact is felt in classrooms, in positive relationships, in self identity, in career prospects. We survey campers and teachers to quantify the change and improve our program, ensuring we’re meeting the needs of the campers we serve.

Evidence from our multi-year, multi-visit camper and teacher impact survey data shows a positive impact on camper development, growth, and achievement in these important life skills and outcomes.

2021 marked 47 years of Tims Camps. In nearly half-a-century, more than 300,000 youth from every community where there is a Tim Hortons restaurant have gone through our programming.  Our participants may remember the canoe trips and campfires best—but we’re focused on the horizon, on ensuring youth have the skills and opportunities needed to thrive, pursue their education, find meaningful jobs, enrich their communities, and lead fulfilling lives.


Our Camp Programs

Summer Program: Youth ages 12-16 (9 days, four consecutive summers)

Through our unique four-year, camp-based program, youth participate in a variety of increasingly challenging development programs encouraging them to believe in their own potential. Programs include traditional camp activities like archery, canoeing and camping, as well as academic and financial literacy activities that help teach them how to set goals, create a budget, apply for post-secondary scholarships, and build a career path.

School Program: Youth in grades 6-8 (One, 4-day camp visit)

While the summer program is most well-known, the School Program which takes place during the year (Fall, Winter and Spring), actually reaches more participants. Partnering with schools from low-income neighbourhoods, students participate in a visit to camp during their academic year. Following their visit to camp, students work to achieve personal goals that support further development regarding personal wellbeing, academic success, meaningful employment, and community connection.

eCamp: Total eCampers served in 2020 & 2021: 7,679

Launched in the summer of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, Tims eCamp has been revamped for 2021 to ensure we’re showing up for young people when they need us most. With their mental health and well-being in mind, eCamp offers a safe and supportive digital community for youth to connect with others, learn, and grow. eCampers participate in two weeks of daily, live programming, learning new skills and developing as leaders, and have access to digital resources and an online community all summer.

Camp in a Box

When Tims eCamp wrapped up at the end of August 2020, our team quickly shifted to reimagine our school program.  Knowing that we wouldn’t be able to bring schools to camp in the short term, we decided to bring the camp spirit to schools through “Camp in a Box”. Since then, we have delivered Camp in a Box programming focusing on social and emotional development to 75 schools in under-resourced neighbourhoods, reaching 4,100 students. These boxes were filled with our signature Gr8 Bead lesson plans, physically distant camp games, Kids Help Phone resources, Camp Day bracelets, journals, teacher appreciation gifts and activities suited for classroom learning.

Furthermore, when Tim Hortons communities were in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tims Camps stepped up. From community gardens and partnerships with local food banks to donating personal protective equipment to local health authorities and wellness supplies to local shelters, our camp teams were there when the community needed us most.



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Reporting to the Director, Fund Development, the Senior Manager, Special Events will:

  • Ensure the execution of high-quality special events that advance the Foundation’s brand, donor involvement, cultivation, and stewardship
  • Oversee the development of innovative concepts, themes and formats for signature events that engage supporters and grow revenue
  • Negotiate with venues consultants and vendors to secure rates and enhance budgets and ensure flawless execution and efficiency
  • Collaborate with marketing/communications team and develop content for event correspondence, collateral materials, social media and digital marketing initiatives
  • Manage external committees in event planning and execution, while supporting with best practices, strategies for improved efficiencies and maintaining fundraising expenses and revenue aligned with industry standards
  • Manage internal and external volunteers in planning and support at events
  • Further build sponsorship program and solicit and secure event sponsorships
  • Further build the Community Events Program, including peer-to-peer fundraising events, to engage new supporters and increase revenue in support of the Foundation
  • Analyze and report on event performance by preparing post-event evaluations, facilitating learning across the teams, and identifying and implementing opportunities to enhance revenue as well as the donor stewardship/participant experience  
  • Undertake travel as needed, from time to time, domestically and in the USA
  • Supervise, guide and mentor the Specialist, Special Events and Sponsorships
  • Support the Director, Fund Development in the execution of relevant sections of the multi-year Fund Development Plan for the team, and ensure integration across the organization
  • Monitor results and report on progress relative to the Special Events Program and fundraising activities
  • Ensure that philanthropic practices are aligned with the Canada Revenue Agency legislation and guidelines, and with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics



  • Post-Secondary education in related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in managing special events and fundraising activities of a similar size and scope
  • Proven experience in executing impeccable, effective, and successful events and measuring results
  • Knowledge of special event fundraising best practices including onsite fundraising activities (including auction management experience)
  • Proven experience in building community events programs and peer-to-peer fundraising, engaging new stakeholders and increasing revenue
  • An in-depth understanding of charitable giving guidelines, specifically as it pertains to Special Events
  • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with donors and volunteers
  • Exceptional leadership, communications, and organizational skills
  • Passionate, driven, hard working with exquisite attention to detail
  • Bilingualism (French/English) will be considered an asset
  • Ability to travel nationally and in the USA – when it is safe to do so


COVID-19 Vaccination

Tims Camps is committed to taking all reasonable efforts to ensure the health and safety of those that use our work locations. As such, offers of employment are conditional upon being Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 and providing THFC with proof of your vaccination status. “Fully Vaccinated” means having received the completed series of a COVID-19 Vaccine. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their completed series. In the event you are unable to be Fully Vaccinated based on medical reasons or protected ground by the Ontario Human Rights Code, THFC will consider requests for accommodation on an individual basis. Individuals who are not Fully Vaccinated are required to adhere to additional safety protocols when attending the workplace. Personal health information collected by THFC is stored in accordance with applicable privacy laws and will be kept confidential.



KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Tim Hortons Foundation Camps. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent or Helena Debnam, Senior Search Consultant by email at  

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 December 3, 2021.


To view the full Position Brief, please visit:

Tim Hortons Foundation Camps is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both KCI and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Please note that the hiring salary range for this position is $70,000 – $80,000, based on experience.