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Sunnybrook Foundation

Senior Philanthropy Officer

Posted On: November 15, 2021
Closing On: December 9, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior


Sunnybrook Foundation is seeking a skilled and competent relationship manager to serve as our Senior Philanthropy Officer. A proactive and motivated major gift professional, the Senior Philanthropy Officer will build and grow a diverse portfolio of prospects and donors developing engagement strategies and solicitation plans in support of strategic Hospital priorities.

With a passion for healthcare philanthropy, the Senior Philanthropy Officer will understand ideas and concepts in a medical and scientific context in order to communicate the transformative healthcare projects and programs, creating a compelling vision for donors that engages and excites them to action. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation of the complexity of the hospital environment and create mutually beneficial partnerships and be skilled at coaching and engaging physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and other subject matter experts in all aspects of philanthropy.

As a collaborative, adaptable, and contributing member of the advancement team, the new incumbent will subscribe to our ‘one vision, one goal’ philosophy. The Senior Philanthropy Officer will be driven to achieve their personal and program team goals while participating in the overall fundraising activities, being accountable to the entire Sunnybrook Foundation team.

This is an exciting time to join Sunnybrook Foundation; we are investing in new resources, strategies, and structures that will enhance Foundation-Hospital collaboration and create opportunities for partnership and innovation in order to drive revenue growth to advance the mission and vision of the renowned Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Sunnybrook Foundation is currently working within a hybrid model; a combination of in-office and remote work is anticipated post-pandemic.



Sunnybrook is a world-renowned academic health sciences centre with a reputation for providing the highest quality care and for teaching and research excellence. The Hospital’s 13,000 staff, students, physicians, and volunteers provide extraordinary care at critical times in the lives of the more than 1.3 million patients we see each year. Sunnybrook treats more people with their lives on the line than any other hospital in Ontario with over 80 hospitals referring their patients to Sunnybrook every day

Sunnybrook leads by discovery, innovation, teaching, and learning. We have evolved to become one of Canada’s largest and most dynamic health science centres. First opened in 1948 as Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital and renamed Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the 1990’s, today, Sunnybrook has established itself across three campuses and is home to Canada’s largest trauma centre. Sunnybrook is a fully affiliated University of Toronto teaching hospital.

Our vision at Sunnybrook is to invent the future of health care with a focus on trauma, cardiac, stroke, high-risk pregnancy and newborns, and cancer. Our Primary Care Programs include:

Sunnybrook’s Strategic Directions

Sunnybrook creates a strategic plan every three years. Each plan builds on the experience of the previous and sets a course for the organization to pursue its mission and vision over not only the next three years but also with a longer view for the next 10 years and beyond. Our relatively short planning horizon allows Sunnybrook to be responsive to the rapidly changing health care system and gives the organization latitude to alter its course as opportunities arise and innovations are generated and adopted.

Sunnybrook’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 was developed through broad consultation with the many communities the hospital serves and with partners in the system. This plan represents an ongoing evolution of the organization as we look to build a health system around the needs of the more than 1.3 million patients who come through our doors each year. This plan responds to what patients have been telling us about their care and how it can be improved. We have four main Strategic Directions that work to ensure our programs and services are providing care for patients that is personalized to their needs, is unsurpassed in quality and the best experience possible, is integrated across the system, and is provided by high performing teams.

Sunnybrook plays a unique and special role in the health care system. It provides a ‘safety-net’ for the province’s most critically ill and injured patients while at the same time it services the hospital needs of its surrounding community. Strategic Plan 2018-21 aims to address the significant challenges Sunnybrook is facing such as significant and increasing demand for patient care that is outpacing available resources. At the same time, the plan is focused on ensuring the organization’s commitment to innovation, education, and excellent care remain at the forefront.

With the support of its community, the generosity of its donors, and partnerships with government, the North Toronto Ontario Health Team, University of Toronto and other institutions, and fellow health care providers, Sunnybrook is poised to continue on its journey to realize its vision of inventing the future of health care.



Sunnybrook Foundation exists to advance the mission and vision of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre by raising awareness and financial contributions to invent the future of health care. Simply put, philanthropic support allows us to accelerate the pace of research and innovation, purchase the most advanced equipment, and attract the best and brightest minds.

Last year, thanks to the commitment of our dedicated volunteers, donors, and staff, we were able to raise more than $80 million to support Sunnybrook’s vision to delivering the highest level of patient care, research, and education. We are also fortunate to have an endowment fund of more than $90 million that helps to support Sunnybrook’s mission.

Located within Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Bayview Avenue in Toronto, the Foundation consists of more than 65 professionals and support staff who work in close partnership with our Hospital colleagues. With ambitious goals ahead, the Foundation is committed to continuing to grow our results and impact as we help Sunnybrook to raise sights, uncover new possibilities, develop talent, and deliver exceptional care.



We consistently operate at our best and meet the expectations of our colleagues, Hospital partners, donors, and volunteers.


We embrace partnership and enthusiastically cooperate with others to achieve our mission.


We hold ourselves responsible for the commitments we make to our colleagues, Hospital partners, donors, and volunteers.


We commit and adhere to our values, principles and use the strength of our differences to embrace each person's uniqueness to help achieve our mission.


We engage our colleagues, hospital partners, donors, and volunteers in our work as we all integral to the hospital's success.





  • Build and manage a portfolio of 75-100 assigned major giving prospects, donors, and volunteers at the 6 and 7 figure level, including individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Meet or exceed targets of $1.5-$2.5M, working with the Philanthropy Director to achieve annual performance metrics and financial targets.
  • Develop and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit a range of individual and corporate major gift donors.
  • Effectively steward major giving donors to ensure long-term commitment to Sunnybrook and identify opportunities for support renewal.
  • Ensure accuracy of all active donor files including all related donor record administration, briefing notes, and contact reports.
  • Build meaningful working relationships with hospital stakeholders including physicians, nurses, and allied health partners.
  • Work closely with the Philanthropy Director to understand programmatic content, strategic priorities, and initiatives, and directly contribute to securing philanthropic support, aligned with the hospital’s strategic priorities and approved projects.
  • In partnership with hospital physician and staff partners, identify grateful patients and build prospective donor pipeline.
  • Work closely with other teams to assist with the strategic development and execution of cultivation and stewardship events and/or marketing initiatives to maximize donor engagement and advancement opportunities, when appropriate.
  • Act as an internal resource on program and major gift activity for other Foundation staff and volunteers.



  • Proven track record of personal success in securing major philanthropic contributions, at the 6-figure level and above.
  • Experience developing major gift strategies, and execution, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Proven ability to work well with a wide range of constituents including volunteers, donors, program physicians and staff, and internal team members.
  • Experience with prospect management best practices, data, and reporting.
  • Understanding and experience with donor databases, ideally Raiser’s Edge.
  • Demonstrated strength in building strong relationships with diverse audiences.
  • Possess a high level of intellectual curiosity toward the work being done at the hospital.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and professionalism.
  • Flexible and adaptable to change with the ability to navigate and forge ahead in ambiguous scenarios.
  • High regard for accuracy and attention to detail with excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize a varied and dynamic workload.
  • Natural collaborator who thrives in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Passion for healthcare philanthropy with experience in a hospital foundation or similarly complex environment.
  • A person of integrity; committed to upholding professional ethics and encouraging philanthropic best practices.



KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Sunnybrook Foundation. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Associate Vice President, KCI Search + Talent 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 9, 2021.

Sunnybrook Foundation is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Sunnybrook Foundation is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Please note that the combined salary range for the Philanthropy Officer & Senior Philanthropy Officer roles is $75,000 – $110,000.

To view the full Position Brief, please visit:

As our team grows, we will also be adding Philanthropy Officer(s) to the team. We are open to also receiving inquiries from candidates interested in these roles