Current Opportunities


Director of Development

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada


The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, located in London, Ontario, is seeking a Director of Development to provide leadership and management for the direction, planning, and execution of our development plan as we continue to make dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing an annual strategic plan to elevate fundraising across our organization by setting clear goals and metrics for revenue development, volunteer and donor engagement. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director will provide strategic and operational leadership to a team of seven professionals and support staff. The Director of Development will also be a valued member of the senior leadership team and will work in partnership with our Board of Directors, Fund Development Committee, program leaders, and volunteers.


The  Sunshine  Foundation  of  Canada  is  a  national  Canadian  charity  impacting  the  lives  of  children  living  with  severe  physical  disabilities  or  life-threatening  illnesses.  Established in 1987 by a London, Ontario police officer as a legacy to his son who passed away from muscular dystrophy, he wanted children like his son to be able to live their dreams.

Sunshine Dream Programs are once-in-a-lifetime experiences for kids that ignite a sense of newfound independence, build confidence, and create joyful memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. By having their dreams come true, kids are inspired to keep dreaming, are willing to try new things, and have a more positive outlook on life.

Sunshine has two dream programs: Sunshine Dreams, once-in-a-lifetime customized experiences which can range from family trips to meeting a hero to outdoor play-spaces, and Sunshine DreamLift, a whirlwind ‘day of yes’ adventure that transports a plane full of Sunshine kids to a Disney theme park and back home in just one day! For many children, it’s a day to experience a first plane ride and a taste of independence away from mom and dad. It’s a day to be a regular kid in a magical setting and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Over thirty  years  later,  we  celebrate 63 Sunshine DreamLifts and over 8,700  young  lives  transformed  by  the  tremendous  impact  of  having  a  dream  come  true.  These  dreams  have  ignited  new  possibilities,  optimism,  independence,  and  confidence  in  children and their families helping  them  break  barriers  and  write  a  brighter  future  story  for  themselves.

Sunshine continues to operate from our home town of London, Ontario with the support of a national volunteer network from coast-to-coast. In 2017, through the generous support of our donors, we raised close to $3 million to grant 50 dreams to incredible children across Canada.


For more information about The Sunshine Foundation of Canada please visit:

Board of Directors:

2017 Annual Reports & Audited Financial Statements:



The Director of Development will be an established fundraising professional with a scope of experience ranging from major gifts, corporate partnerships, events and direct mail.

The new incumbent will be strategic with a clear sense of how to successfully activate plans to reach goals. The ideal candidate will build on our past efforts and accomplishments, and in collaboration with the fund development team, will determine our fundraising plan and path forward.

The new incumbent will ensure processes and systems are established to confirm that quality data informs our decisions. The successful candidate will grow our donor base and our prospect pipeline to advance our revenue generation capabilities. Carrying their own portfolio, the Director will nurture and sustain relationships with our long term and generous donors.

Energetic and driven, the ideal candidate will bring a results oriented focus and perspective. Instilling a call culture and an “out the door” approach, the new incumbent will be an inspirational coach, guiding and motivating our development team to reach their full potential. The successful candidate will establish metrics, benchmarks and moves management discipline to encourage efficiencies and best practice fundraising. Decisive and concise, the ideal candidate will share information and value input. Collaborative, tactful and kind, the Director will nurture a cohesive team.

The new incumbent will be comfortable interacting with wide variety of audiences and stakeholders, from grassroots organizations to C-suite executives. Caring, empathetic and showing compassion for the children and families we serve, the Director will be excited by our mission to make dreams come true for children across Canada living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.


Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development will be responsible for:

Strategy, Planning and Fundraising

  • Working with the CEO and Board of Directors, polish and execute the current Strategic Development Plan while being instrumental in the development and implementation of future strategic planning in the fund development area.
  • Manage all national fundraising programs, including direct mail, major gifts, partnerships, and events. Ensure all annual fundraising targets are met or exceeded.
  • Regularly monitor the progress towards these goals and targets, and report on the activity and results of fundraising programs, initiatives, and staff.
  • Foster strong relationships with key stakeholders such as donors, partners and volunteers.
  • In collaboration with other staff, work with volunteer leaders and others to identify linkage, ability and interest of major gift prospects.
  • Develop and oversee an integrated prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship program for all donors.
  • Oversee the relationship management of all major donors (individuals, corporate donors, organizations and foundations), including managing their own personal portfolio.
  • Develop and administer the annual national operating budget for development.
  • Establish appropriate annual goals, targets and metrics for development to ensure that all fundraising efforts are effective, efficient, and successful.
  • Regularly monitor the progress towards these goals and targets, and report on the activity and results of fundraising programs, initiatives and staff.
  • In collaboration with the CEO, ensure ongoing knowledge of best fundraising practices and benchmark performance; ensure that all fundraising programs and activities fall within ethical, fiscal, and legal standards, and within Foundation policies and regulations.
  • Represent Sunshine Foundation of Canada in a professional, appropriate, informed and consistent manner.


Team Leadership and Management

  • Direct and manage a staff of seven: including three direct reports, and their respective teams.
  • Provide leadership and guidance for the development team.
  • Collaborate with all Sunshine staff, particularly direct reports, program fulfillment and marketing.
  • Recruit, manage, mentor and inspire staff.
  • Develop and implement programs for professional development for fundraising staff.
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of direct report staff including hiring, accountability and annual performance reviews.
  • Work with staff to develop and achieve performance goals, targets, and metrics for their programs and revenue streams.
  • In concert with direct reports, monitor departmental budgets.


Volunteer Leadership

  • Grow the fundraising volunteer structure, including the Fund Development committee, and participate in the identification, recruitment, training, management, and stewardship of fundraising volunteers.
  • Attend Board meetings and make presentations to various committees and groups involved with Sunshine.
  • In partnership with the CEO and Board of Directors, champion fundraising and a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.



  • Proven experience in a management level role providing strategic leadership in the area of fund development.
  • Progressive fundraising experience and success at a leadership level, preferably with major gifts from individuals and corporations ($50,000+).
  • Excellent track record of staff and volunteer management.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, leadership and analytical skills.
  • A proven track record of creating integrated cause marketing programs with a successful outcome of partnership engagement at $50,000+.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of individual donors, corporate partners and other funding bodies in order to develop long-term relationships with the Sunshine Foundation.
  • Excellent written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in a changing work environment.
  • Understanding of donor management systems, in particular Raiser’s Edge NXT.
  • Frequent local travel (Toronto) will be required as well as occasional national travel; a valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle are therefore required for this position.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required and CFRE accreditation would be considered an asset.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Sylvia Kadlick, Senior Search Consultant at Sunshine@kciphilanthropy.com


To view the full Executive Brief, please visit: http://kciphilanthropy.com/search


All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.


To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to the email address above by November 5,




Huntington Society

Senior Manager, Development 

1 Year Contract

The Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) is a nonprofit, charitable organization which raises funds to deliver individual and group counseling services to support individuals and families living with Huntington disease (HD) and to fund medical research to delay or stop the progression of the disease. The Society also works with health and social service professionals to enable them to better serve people living with HD. The Society’s National office is located in Kitchener Ontario with regional offices across Canada, which delivers support to families and individuals, plus 30 volunteer groups or Chapters engaged in fundraising. HSC raises approximately $4 million annually through a diversified fundraising portfolio, e.g., direct mail, major gifts, and special events.  

HSC is currently seeking a Senior Manager, Development, to support successfully advancing the mission of the Huntington Society of Canada.

The Senior Manager, Development supports leadership HSC fundraising initiatives through:

  • Data mining of donor database
  • Management for the Society’s Direct Mail Campaign
  • Identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors.
  • Oversight and responsibility for the gift processing function of the Society, overseeing the tax receipting process in a timely manner, notifying staff solicitors when a major gift is received in order for the donor to be stewarded;
  • Leadership for the oversight of the database, completing reports and queries for all departments; database growth and the management of its integrity
  • Ensuring that the manuals of standard processes are developed and maintained on a quarterly basis and that staff are fully trained
  • Responsible for supervision, team building, mentoring and evaluation of direct reporting staff.

This is contract position, for approximately 12 months, covering a maternity leave.  The role will begin in the fall of 2018, and is a full time (37.5 hours per week) position with a salary range of $55,000 to $60,000.


  • Five or more years of fundraising experience
  • Excellent proficiency working with The Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM tool, including knowledge of donor reports and query processing
  • Excellent software skills in particular Word and Excel
  • Substantial technical skills including database and record management
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Post-secondary education in fundraising or a related field
  • Strong writing, editing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to think critically
  • Results oriented, strategic and flexible
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with project coordination, data management and analysis

How to Apply:

  • Please forward your resume with a cover letter and salary expectations as soon as possible and no later than

4 p.m. on October 26, 2018. 

  • By Mail: Huntington Society of Canada

c/o Jeffrey Hoffman 151 Frederick Street, Suite 400, Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2


We’re Hiring!
September 24, 2018

KidsAbility Foundation raises public awareness and financial support to empower children and youth with special needs to realize their full potential. Close to 8,000 children and youth benefit from services provided by KidsAbility throughout Waterloo Region and Wellington County. You are a dynamic individual who enjoys implementing change and driving results with your creative talents and ideas. You have a strong track record of making connections and building relationships in our community.

Development Manager, Annual Fund Full Time (37.5 hours a week)

Summary of Responsibilities: Reporting to the Executive Director of KidsAbility Foundation this role has one direct report and is based in Waterloo with the following key responsibilities:

• Design, implement and analyze strategies to increase giving to the annual fund including giving from individuals, corporations, KidsAbility staff, foundations and other groups • Create the direct mail appeals and other donor communications working closely with the Marketing and Design Coordinator • Manage a portfolio of annual fund donors: identify, qualify leads, organize discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings engaging other staff and volunteers as appropriate • Provide strategic direction and oversight of annual Foundation events including the Radiothon • Design and deliver compelling presentations in the community to raise awareness and funds • Supervise the performance of one staff member

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills:
• College Diploma or University Degree, preferably in a related field such as fundraising, business or marketing • Above average verbal and written communication skills with ability to inspire, motivate and communicate the KidsAbility story • Minimum 5 year’s experience in a similar role • Expertise in Microsoft products • Strong project management skills, initiative and accuracy • Exceptionally strong relationship building and networking skills • Previous management experience an asset

Requirements: • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required with public liability and property damage • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends as required • Applicant will be required to obtain Criminal Reference Check and TB test

We offer a positive team environment as well as a competitive benefits and vacation package including a matching RRSP program.

If you are interested in joining a dedicated and dynamic team that makes a difference in the lives of children and youth with special needs please submit a cover letter and resume in confidence by end of day Oct. 8, 2018 to: recruitment@kidsability.ca

Please note that we will review all incoming applications on an ongoing basis.

KidsAbility follows the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. If you have accessibility or other requirements that need to be considered during the recruitment process, please let us know.