Director of Major Gifts & Development

at Safe Families Canada (view profile)
Location Markham, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted June 1, 2022
Category Other
Job Type Full-time


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Safe Families Canada (SFC) is a faith-based, registered charity that serves the community by helping to keep children safe and families intact. SFC reaches families before their circumstances get to a critical point, warranting intervention from Child Welfare. Prior to involvement with child welfare, families voluntarily place their children with an approved and screened SFC volunteer Host Family while they work through their crisis and maintain parental custody. A Family Coach, Family Friends, and the church work together to support the parent as well as the Host Family. Through these volunteers and churches, SFC’s can provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.

SFC understands the needs of families facing a crisis and a parent’s concern for the care of their child. We also know that when “the daily stress for the parent decreases, providing immediate relief, time and space to address the issues that led to the stressful situation, a parent is less stressed, children are safe and there is less risk of Child Welfare needing to be involved”.*

Our Vision

Creating a world where children are safe and families transformed through radically compassionate communities.

Our Mission

Safe Families Canada hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassionate faith to keep children safe and families intact.

Our Values

Radical Hospitality | Compassion fuelled by Mercy | Disruptive Generosity

Our Objectives

Child Welfare Deflection

Child Abuse Prevention

Family Support and Stabilization

Strengthening Compassion Ministries of the Church

SFC has been well established in Canada for over 10 years. Incorporated in 2012, it has grown from one chapter in Toronto to 12 chapters across Canada. The 2 year COVID-19 Pandemic brought about the launch of 5 new chapters, with increasingly more chapters in development. While churches and communities saw the growing need of families, they also experienced their own crisis of isolation, limited access to resources and the day to day uncertainty. This promoted a stronger foundation of empathy and urgency to support families from within their own communities. Churches reignited and sought out a partnership with SFC and those partnerships continues to grow.

This growth identified SFC's need to develop its National Office in order to support the ministries in local communities. The National Office will now focus on more direct support to all chapters and staff, strategic planning, HR development with fundraising as a priority. The National fundraising strategy has been identified, specifically, the need to fill the role of Director of Major Gifts & Development. This position will increase funding to support a National Office Team growth and assist in supporting local chapters toward continual financial stabilization.

Role Description

From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission. ~ Henri Nouwen

SFC Director of Major Gift & Development | Full Time

Competitive Salary | Benefit Packages | Summer 2022

The SFC Director of Major Gift & Development is an integral part of the SFC National Office Team. This person will oversee two aspects of the national fundraising effort. The first of which is developing, managing, and increasing the major gift portfolio and fundraising effort and second assisting the National Executive Director in equipping the National Team in this work for their local chapters. SFC Director of Major Gift & Development must also ensure adherence to SFC policies and procedures.

This position is responsible for achieving an agreed upon fundraising goal, developing a donor portfolio by stewarding current donors and growing this portfolio with new donors. The position is a key contributor to the annual revenue goals of the National Office.

The SFC Director of Major Gift & Development is relationally oriented with a donor centred approach to fundraising. They work closely with the National Office Team to develop marketing and fundraising strategies and they are prepared to grow this role to meet the growth of the organization as a whole. They share the team’s desire to surround families in crisis with caring compassion communities, keeping children safe and families intact. They clearly understand that SFC ministry is built within and through the church and is in fact a movement in radical, biblical hospitality to local communities.

Role Responsibilities

  • Reports to the SFC National Executive Director
  • Increase the SFC donor portfolio by identifying, researching, and contacting potential donors
  • Organize and Maintain donor relations portfolio for SFC
  • Plan and implement mail, email, phone call and face-to-face interactions with donors
  • Assist National Executive Director with:

- evaluating the success of previous fundraising campaigns

- training staff in major gift fundraising procedures and practices

- Developing Community Social Responsibility, and promotional material

- Increasing monthly, annual, year end and capital campaigns

  • Ensure that all policies and procedures are adhered to
  • Maintain the vision, mission, objectives, values and community creed of SFC

Key Result Areas

  • Contribute to the annual revenue goals of SFC by fundraising through major gifts defined as $5,000 and above from individuals and foundations with a primary focus on gifts of $5,000-$50,000 and above.
  • Grow a donor portfolio to 50-75 donors and prospective donors
  • Meet with donors and prospects face-to-face and virtually to facilitate donor decisions resulting in major gifts.
  • Develop and execute strategic plans for donor approach and solicitations, successfully
  • Work toward achieving an agreed upon annual revenue target
  • Provide support and work closely with the National Executive Director in drafting proposals and stewardship reports.

Position Qualifications

  • Shared Vision and Mission of Safe Families Canada
  • Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, business, or another relevant field
  • Proven work experience in major gift fundraising, (min. 5 years)
  • Skill set to organizing and administer a major gift campaign on a national level.
  • Clear understanding of the major gift donor centred process, including donor relations cultivations, closing, acknowledgement, and stewardship
  • Exceptional communication skills with proven ability to inspire and encourage shared mission within donor portfolio
  • Ability to work remotely, in-person as well as independently and with a team, with minimal supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team player with a flexible and helpful attitude and outlook.
  • Experience in developing fundraising communications
  • Experience in training leaders in major gift fundraising

Conditions of Employment

  • Reports to the SFC National Executive Director
  • Must be willing and able to implement the core mission and community commitments of Safe Families.
  • Position requires flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • A personal vehicle is required for frequent business travel, as well as a valid G2 license, and proof of third party liability insurance coverage ($2,000,000).
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check (and Child Welfare Check in Western Provinces)

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All qualified applicants who fulfill our conditions for employment will receive consideration for the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Disability and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

We thank all who apply.

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*Testa, M. F. & Budde, S. (2021). Low-cost randomized controlled trial of Safe Families for Children. Children’s Home Society of America.