Position: Director, Philanthropy and Institutional Giving
Status: Full-time, permanent
Reports to: Associate Vice-President, Philanthropy
Language(s): English required, other languages an asset
Location: Remote - Canada or USA
Salary range: $98,000 to $130,000 CAD
Deadline for Applications: November 13, 2023
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Imagine a fund as revolutionary and resourceful as feminist movements themselves. Sustainable. Scalable. Shifting resources and power to women far into the future. We are the Equality Fund. Powered by Canada and ready to change the world.
Backed by a $300 million CAD contribution from the Canadian government, and inspired by the radical ambition of feminist movements, we are building the largest self-sustaining fund for women in the world. Shaped by leaders from every sector, this new funding model will harness gender-lens investing and bold, multi-sector philanthropy to unlock the full potential of capital to support a gender equal future.
We are in the process of recruiting a Director of Philanthropy and Institutional Giving.
The Director is a key member of the philanthropy team, leading and aligning the Equality Fund’s (EF) major gift fund development activities with the organization’s strategic priorities and mission. The Director provides leadership to the overall direction of the major gift program and develops, implements, and evaluates philanthropic strategies with the purpose of generating philanthropic revenue in support of the work of EF. The Director identifies prospective donors, establishes relationships through various formal and informal cultivation activities, solicits and secures $10,000 CAD plus donations, and provides meaningful stewardship to donors.
SCOPE & RESPONSIBILITIES
Direct Fundraising–Major gift donor cultivation, solicitation, engagement, and stewardship
- Oversees, leads, and prioritizes the growth of major gifts revenue, including instituting best practices in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of five-, six-, and seven-figure individual, institutional, and corporate donors.
- In partnership with AVP Philanthropy, senior leadership, and other stakeholders, supports the development and implementation of an innovative, progressive, and values-aligned vision and strategic framework for Equality Fund’s feminist philanthropy program
- Works with the Philanthropy team to grow EF’s base of support from individuals, institutions, and corporations using traditional and trending forms of donor prospecting and engagement, including prospect researcher(s) to identify and qualify supporters at major donor levels.
- Builds institutional pipeline with an emphasis on foundations (family, community, private institutional) and corporate giving multi-year grants of $100K or greater
- Creates opportunities to educate, uplift, and inspire major gift donors and prospects and provides timely reporting and updates on collective impact and success.
- Fosters and advances relationships with prospects and donors by engaging them in meaningful and impactful ways through the work of EF
- Develops and delivers compelling proposals and presentations to donors and prospective supporters including writing Letter of Intent, grant proposals, and other funder correspondence as well as managing contract support e.g grant writer(s).
- Identifies and collaborates with various funder tables, and donor networks to promote philanthropic advocacy for EF’s mission
- Leads on the development and execution of donor stewardship strategies for institutional major donors and donor networks, including developing, executing, and overseeing major gift acquisition and engagement programs
- Manages a portfolio of institutional major gift donors and prospects for the purpose of securing philanthropic revenue for EF; works collaboratively with the entire EF team to maximize gift opportunities
- Leads regular analysis and reporting on the overall performance of fundraising against goals and the strategic plan.
- Leads donor services team to develop and continually enhance major gift donor acknowledgment, recognition, fundraising reporting, and revenue tracking processes and systems
Leadership and Management
- Ensures ongoing integration of EF annual organizational priorities into the philanthropy program
- The Director is accountable for the team’s goals and risk management relating to meeting the annual fund mobilization targets in coordination with AVP, Philanthropy. The Director is also expected to propose corrective measures when needed.
- Leads the Philanthropy team in creating and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan to achieve annual philanthropic revenue and programmatic goalsProvides thought leadership for increased growth, opportunities for innovation, and efforts to increase diversity among donors and diversification of gifts.
- Provides direction, support, and feedback to the Philanthropy team members; conducts weekly check-in meetings with team members to discuss progress/challenges while strategizing, planning, executing, and celebrating accomplishments
- Develops team goals and key performance indicators; provides regular performance feedback and reviews to direct reports
- Supports AVP, Philanthropy in developing and managing the annual department budget
Donor communications and philanthropy team collateral
- Leads and implements regular updates/impact reporting to prospects and donors
- Prepares and writes personalized proposals, reports, letters, emails, and notes for donor cultivation.
- Co-leads digital strategies that foster community growth that showcase EF’s efforts
- Works closely with the communications, investment, and global programs teams to ensure clarity of communication/messaging
- Develops content for annual report, GAC reports, and other external communications
QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Undergraduate degree in business, international development or related field.
- CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designation is considered an asset, but is not required.
- Minimum seven to ten years of progressive fund development experience in the not-for-profit sector, with a track record of establishing meaningful donor relationships and programs.
- Experience building thoughtful, engaging and unique donor programs, and in particular, women’s giving programs
- Experience developing and implementing fundraising plans/strategy/campaigns and having a track record of securing philanthropic donations in the range of $10K+
- Comfort and ability to manage ambiguity and an ambitious philanthropic raise
- Experience providing strategic direction, leadership, and management of fundraising activities resulting in income and donor base growth.
- Extensive management experience and administrative skills to build, organize, direct, and motivate successful teams
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Strong relationship management skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders
- Discerning organizational and time management skills to multitask, manage various projects, deadlines, and priorities while guiding strategic fundraising goals, and reporting on results.
- Demonstrated high ethical standards and ability to work with sensitive information in a confidential manner
- Ability and openness to work on cross functional/multi-disciplinary teams
- Strategic thinker with ability to identify and maximize strategic philanthropic opportunities
- Flexible and adaptive, able to respond quickly and effectively to changing circumstances
- Ability to thrive in a fast paced and complex environment
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities, navigate changing realities and work effectively with a range of styles and approaches
- Excellent working knowledge of GSuite, Excel and fundraising software
- Demonstrated tact, discretion and confidentiality
- Values-driven with a passion for women’s rights and a strong understanding of feminist issues, advocacy, movement building and the funding environment facing women’s rights organizations in the global South
- Commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices
- Commitment to the work and values of the EF, in particular the values of gender equality and shifting traditional power systems
OUR ENVIRONMENT OF CARE
- We trust our talented team and are pleased to offer an extremely flexible and virtual work environment.
- We adhere to feminist values. We believe in sharing power and creating space for everyone to lead. We value collaboration, self care, inclusion and empathy towards all team members.
- The Equality Fund is proud to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes 4 weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, parental leave top up, medical benefits, life insurance, Group RRSP, paid birthday off and more!
The Equality Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We believe deeply in equality and diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, and all other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and abilities, and are committed to providing an accessible candidate experience. If you need any accommodations or adjustments throughout the interview process and beyond, please indicate this in your application.
At the Equality Fund, we do not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. All offers of employment are conditional upon signing our code of conduct, satisfactory reference checks and may be subject to appropriate screening checks.
We thank all applicants for their interest in working with the Equality Fund; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.