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William Osler Health System Foundation

Vice President, Philanthropy

Posted On: April 3, 2024
Closing On: April 26, 2024

Location: Hybrid. When in office: 20 Lynch Street, Brampton, ON
Effective: June 2024
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $160,000 - $180,000 with an annual variable incentive, comprehensive benefits, HOOPP pension and vacation package

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William Osler Health System Foundation

Position Profile

About William Osler Health System Foundation

Osler Foundation is the fundraising arm of William Osler Health System (Osler). Osler serves 1.3 million people in Brampton, Caledon, North Mississauga, Etobicoke, and the surrounding region. This is one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse regions of Canada. Osler Foundation builds and fosters relationships in their hospitals and the community to raise funds to support the clinical priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital, Osler’s two acute-care sites, and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. As part of the Osler System family, they are committed to providing a fulfilling work environment that inspires their staff to learn, innovate and grow. Year after year, Osler is proud to be recognized as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Osler Foundation is equally committed to supporting their employees through flexible work arrangements, professional development, and a commitment to creating an environment of inclusiveness and belonging. Team members are highly effective leaders, instructors, and mentors within the philanthropy sector with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Association of Healthcare Philanthropists (AHP), including past Chair, AFP Canada and AFP Fundraiser of the Year, 2019. Most recently the Foundation raised $21M in annual revenue.

William Osler Health System Foundation MISSION, VISION, VALUES

MISSION:     Inspire our community to invest in exceptional health care close to home

VISION:         Healthier Communities through giving

VALUES:        Accountable Collaboration Excellence Inclusive Integrity Optimism

Osler is about to embark on a campaign to build a multi-story in-patient tower on the Peel Memorial Site.

The Osler Foundation is particularly known for consistent and atypical success exceeding targets and engaging a new generation of philanthropists, including newcomers to Canada with diverse backgrounds. They have achieved their strong track record through a culture of thoughtfully working with and through others.

Where could you fit in?

If you are reading this position profile it’s entirely possible you could be the next Vice President, Philanthropy for William Osler Health System Foundation. Consideration for the role starts with your own – objective – personal analysis.

If you want to play a lead role in writing the book on community engagement in ethno-cultural philanthropy, this is the role for you. The Vice President, Philanthropy role demands major gift excellence, exceptional leadership skills with a team first mentality, the highest degree of organization, and tireless, flat-out commitment to results. You are collaborative, excited by what Osler Foundation is doing, and have a deep understanding of the dynamics in fundraising success and passionately believe that teamwork is the key to success.

You enjoy building, leading and mentoring a high performing team. You are not a ‘lone wolf’ who would prefer to fundraise alone. You are the opposite. Collaborative, a teacher who is gracious with others by sharing your expertise. You are hands on and ideally have experience working within an ethnically diverse community. You have an innate curiosity and are caring. You are an exceptional listener and do not want your own accomplishments broadcasted from the rooftops. You’d rather see the success of the team be showcased over your own. You are well respected because you respect others. What you don’t know, you admit, what you do know, you share. You are a humble, results driven, mission motivated fundraiser who brings innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.

You would describe yourself as an accomplished fundraiser who has a deep appreciation for, and track record in, major gifts within a campaign environment. You enjoy digging into data and understanding the history of an organization’s donor pool to chart forward the plan for what’s to come. You possess a growth mindset and are always looking for ways to improve. You are trusted by your colleagues because you follow through on your commitments.

You are known for your ability to guide and lead with high emotional intelligence. You have a deep commitment to continuous learning and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation in all its forms, and are curious and open to welcoming ideas from all stakeholders.

If this sounds like you, please read on…


Shelagh Barry
This role reports to the newly appointed Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, Shelagh Barry. Shelagh joined Osler Foundation nearly 10 years ago and has been a key player in transforming Osler Foundation’s approach to fundraising and event management. Her ascent to this role comes after a series of significant contributions in various leadership positions, showcasing her unwavering commitment and innovative fundraising mindset. Under Shelagh’s guidance, Osler Foundation is poised for an exciting new chapter ahead.

Ken Mayhew
The Foundation President & CEO, Ken Mayhew is a dynamic and highly respected senior fundraising executive with a passion for cultivating donors who share Osler’s commitment to deliver exceptional health care close to home. Through his exemplary leadership, Osler Foundation has experienced continuous revenue growth, recently exceeding its $100M campaign goal by $9M to support redevelopment and ongoing equipment needs at Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

Prior to joining Osler in 2012, Ken spent 20 years with the MS Society of Canada where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications, media and fund development for a program with almost one million active donors, raising over $50M annually.

An active and passionate volunteer, Ken is immediate Past Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada. He is also Past President of the local AFP chapter. Ken’s ongoing involvement with AFP, Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation includes government relations and media work to profile the importance of philanthropy as an enabler of Canada’s robust and inclusive social fabric. He is a frequent sector spokesperson and has been featured in numerous podcasts, panels, interviews, and media pieces.

Among his many honours, Ken has been recognized with a CEO in Action award from the Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive board and fundraising development. He was named 2019 Fundraiser of the Year by AFP Toronto and in 2022 became a Paul Harris Fellow—the highest award in Rotary, given to a member of the public who has made an outstanding contribution to the community. Ken’s career and transformational impact at Osler is featured in Peter Mansbridge’s current national bestselling book ‘How Canada Works – The People Who Make Our Nation Thrive’.

Position Overview

Organization: William Osler Health System Foundation

Title: Vice President, Philanthropy

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Philanthropy

Team: 8

Location: Hybrid. Minimum 2 days on site with focus on team building and collaboration with key stakeholders: 20 Lynch Street, Brampton, ON (Wednesday is the ‘anchor’ day)

Compensation: $160,000 – $180,000 with an annual variable incentive, comprehensive benefits, HOOPP pension and vacation package

Key Internal Relationships:

  • Foundation Staff and Hospital Board of Directors
  • WOHS Senior leadership, Medical Directors, Program Directors, and Senior Staff

Key External Relationships:

  • Donors
  • Maintaining strong community relationships as the philanthropy leader of the foundation

The Role

The Vice President, Philanthropy will assist the Senior Vice-President, Philanthropy, and the President & CEO to define, create and manage the overall strategic fundraising plan that will enable William Osler Health System Foundation to realize aggressive growth goals while maintaining a long-term donor-centred approach.  Our successful candidate, in partnership with leadership will set annual budgets and objectives, establish and implement strategies to reach these objectives and will be responsible for the ongoing evaluation of these initiatives.

The Vice President, Philanthropy will provide the leadership needed to further advance high performing major gift and community giving programs overseeing the identification, cultivation and solicitation of individuals, corporations and foundations and personally soliciting prospects for major and planned gifts, specifically, gifts above $100,000, and assisting with facilitating the President’s and Senior Vice-President’s efforts to secure transformational gifts.

The Vice President, Philanthropy will develop strategies to inspire those who may not have a history of philanthropic giving and demonstrate the impact their gift and philanthropic involvement can have on the community. Culturally aware, highly strategic and a genuine relationship builder, the Vice President, Philanthropy, alongside the SVP and President & CEO co-lead the design and execution of the major gift pipeline for Osler’s upcoming campaign. A proven and inspiring people leader, our successful candidate will inherit a high performing and dedicated philanthropic team. A coach, with an inclusion mindset, our Vice President will inspire the best from the team by leading by example.

The Vice President, Philanthropy will be comfortable working with senior level volunteers and Board members and coaching them around the art of the ask. They will be at ease with diverse operational styles and will excel at developing and leveraging strong relationships with senior stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Is committed to the Mission, Vision, and Values of William Osler Health System and the Foundation
  • Is responsible for the Foundation’s consistent achievement of philanthropic revenue objectives (the Foundation achieved $21M in annual revenue most recently)

Strategic & Operational Leadership

  • Plan, manage and implement the strategic and operation plans for all philanthropic revenue streams, in collaboration with the President & CEO, Senior Vice-President, Philanthropy and the philanthropy program managers
  • Work with the philanthropy program managers to ensure full integration and coordination of their programs to maximize donor engagement and fundraising results
  • In partnership with leadership determine appropriate goals, targets and metrics to ensure that all philanthropic fundraising efforts are effective, efficient, and successful
  • Monitor and report on the progress towards these goals and targets, and on the activity and results of fundraising programs, initiatives, and staff giving
  • Actively recruit, onboard and manage volunteer committees in support of our events
  • Ensure that all fundraising programs and activities fall within ethical, fiscal, and legal

standards, and within Foundation policies and regulations

  • Contribute to the development of the Foundation’s annual revenue and associated costs  budget

Integrated Fundraising Planning & Management

  • Work with the team on stewardship, where the focus is around strategic donor-centred cultivation in order to realize increased current and lifetime support
  • Work with the Associate Director, Community Giving on strategies to better integrate the Community Giving activities with other fundraising/donor programs and to streamline and grow the Third Party Events revenue stream
  • In partnership with colleagues, devise and integrate strategies to reach diverse communities representing many ethnocultural groups and constituencies
  • Cross functional strategic support to the Marketing and Communications team in their production of direct mail and digital campaigns

Campaign Strategy & Major Gifts Fundraising

  • Contribute to the development of appropriate campaign support for the three Osler facilities
  • Lead a rigorous focus on building the major gifts prospect pipeline by assisting in developing prospect identification and engagement strategies for new donors to the Foundation
  • Actively manage a portfolio of major gift prospects in support of campaign projects and other ongoing needs
  • Strategize with the Foundation President & CEO, Senior Vice-President, Philanthropy, other Foundation team members, and with volunteers when appropriate, on the approaches to major gifts prospects
  • Provide support, mentoring, coaching and encouragement to Foundation staff, Board

members, and volunteers who are involved in major gift fundraising

Communications & Donor Relations

  • Develop strategies and work with Foundation colleagues to ensure effective stewardship is  implemented across all donors
  • Lead the development of stewardship strategies, plans, and practices for all donor levels

Collaborate closely with William Osler Hospital Communications colleagues in the development of key communication materials to support philanthropy and stewardship activities, and to ensure alignment on all key messages

Collaborative Relationship Building

  • Maintain ongoing positive relationships with new and existing donors, volunteers, and

community members

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with physician, clinicians, and staff within the William Osler Health System
  • Identify key physicians, clinicians, and senior staff to act as Foundation ambassadors and to help develop and solicit major gift prospects
  • Identify opportunities for and lend support to activities with Osler Health System colleagues (i.e. physicians, administrative leadership) that help to build awareness of the Foundation and to foster a culture of philanthropy
  • Provide guidance, training, and support to any volunteers or hospital staff who serve as

partners in fundraising activities

  • Maintain relationships with other healthcare philanthropy professionals to ensure ongoing

knowledge of best practices and to benchmark the Foundation’s performance

Team Leadership & Management

  • Inspire, direct, and manage philanthropy staff who work at multiple hospital sites on a hybrid/work from home basis
    • Direct staff reports include the Associate Director, Major Gifts, the Senior Manager, Donor Experience, and their respective teams
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of philanthropy staff including hiring, performance management, accountability and annual reviews, and professional development
  • Engage every member of the team in working collaboratively towards the integration of programs and activities in support of our overall collective goals
  • Encourage staff to combine best practices with creativity and new ways of approaching problems and opportunity
  • Work with staff to develop and achieve performance goals, targets, and metrics for their programs and revenue streams, and for themselves and their individual team members


Our ideal candidate will possess/have:

  • A proven track record of to mentoring and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, commitment to excellence and a balanced work ethic
  • A minimum of 8-10 years  major and planned giving experience ideally having supported a  campaign in a large health care or academic setting
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing demands, meet deadlines and work collegially in a team setting
  • A professional and superior client-service approach
  • Excellent project management, prioritization and organizational skills
  • Outstanding leadership and communication skills; demonstrated results oriented approach
  • University or continuing education in relevant field
  • CFRE designation preferred, plus involvement in a professional association
  • A proven track record of major and planned gift success
  • A proven ability to work in a complex organization and receptive to change
  • Valid driver’s license required

What You Will Enjoy

  • A competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package including a defined-benefit pension plan (HOOPP), outstanding health/dental benefits, and a generous vacation allowance
  • The Foundation is working under a hybrid model of work from home and in office
  • A dynamic and professional office setting in a hospital environment in a state-of-the-art accessible facility located close to major highways in Brampton, Ontario
  • A highly collaborative team environment with the opportunity to participate in first-in-class fundraising events
  • An opportunity to gain invaluable philanthropy experience with community engagement in an ethno-cultural community

Application Instructions

If you are looking for an outstanding challenge, working with an exceptional leader, senior volunteers and leadership team, for a very important, focused, and successful community hospital network then please submit your CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you should be a serious candidate to Lindsay Preston ( at Preston Human Capital Group by no later than 5pm ET on April 26, 2024.

All applications are considered confidential. Osler values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process, please notify us through your application.

Please note all inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence and only qualified respondents will be contacted for interview. We thank you in advance for your interest.

Land Acknowledgement

Much of Osler’s work takes place in the Traditional Territory and Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

As visitors in this Territory, Osler would like to express their gratitude to the Mississauga Peoples of the New Credit First Nation, the descendants of the Credit First Nation.

Osler would also like to respectfully acknowledge the diverse community of Indigenous Peoples representing a multitude of distinct Nations who currently live, work, and play in this Territory. We would like to express our commitment to honouring Indigenous Communities and Nations across the territories now known as Canada.