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Advisor, Development

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

Life. We don’t want you to miss it.TM

 

That's why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives.

Heart & Stroke is a health charity active in communities across the country. We are sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 30,000 volunteers and more than 1 million donors.

 

The opportunity

The Advisor will lead the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s signature major gifts event with a goal of $1 Million. Managing a critical path, organizing meetings and stewarding senior volunteers are significant components of this role. The Advisor is responsible for identifying and qualifying prospective donors, cultivating positive relationships, soliciting major gifts/sponsorships and stewarding donors and corporate partners. In addition, this role is responsible for raising +$300K from a pipeline of individual, corporate and foundation donors to advance the Foundation’s mission priorities and impact areas.   

 

Key responsibilities

Management and execution of Major Gifts Fundraising Event

  • Assume a leadership support role in planning, organizing and executing all aspects of a signature event for Vancouver major donors, prospects & corporate partners.
  • Work with the event’s Committee Chair and event producer to recruit & support members of the volunteer committee
  • Schedule meetings and support the development of fundraising case for the event
  • Manage event timeline and critical path
  • Assign and follow up on tasks
  • Work closely with Development Team to ensure targets for sponsorship, gaming, donations & ticket sales are reached

Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation, Stewardship and Recognition

  • Strategically and compellingly align prospect/supporter/corporate interests with the organization’s project needs and funding requirements
  • Identify and qualify gift and supporter involvement primarily, though not exclusively, from the levels of $5,000 and beyond, developing individual donor and corporate partnership cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects
  • Conduct integrated solicitation efforts in support of highest priority need areas of Heart and Stroke Foundation as identified in the Strategic Plan
  • Ensure appropriate and agreed-upon recognition and thorough stewardship including follow-through on the implementation and administration of the funds and related expenditures

Administration and Metrics Analytics

  • Effectively manage donor moves and adhere to internal protocols and processes; enter prospect and donor/partner information into the database, and handle all confidential donor information in a sensitive and ethical manner
  • Anticipate and plan for future events, trends, problems, and opportunities, and exercise sound judgment
  • Conduct the necessary analysis of revenue (raised/received) and expenses
  • Keep the Director, Development informed of events, activities, and emerging issues as required

 

Qualifications

Education

  • Post-secondary education in a related field (Business, Marketing & Communications would be particularly valuable)
  • CRFE designation preferred but not essential

Experience

  • 3 to 5 years in fundraising, including Major Gifts and/or Corporate Partnerships.
  • Experience managing or participating in the execution of fundraising events which raise +$100,000.
  • Experience closing philanthropic gifts or sponsorships at the $5,000 plus level and managing a portfolio of at least 100 individual and corporate supporters and prospects is essential
  • A track record of soliciting and closing gifts at the $10,000 plus level
  • Experience working in a large, complex organization
  • Demonstrated business experience in sponsorship or major proposal building is valuable 

Skills

  • Proven ability to work successfully with high profile corporate, individual, and community leaders
  • Outstanding organizational, motivational, and people skills
  • Exceptional communications skills: listening, oral, written, and presentation
  • Strong presentation and public speaking abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals, and expectations
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising specific database
  • Well known for being a strong, positive team player with a collaborative work style who thrives in a highly competitive industry and fast-paced work environment
  • Familiarity with non-profit and corporate communities in British Columbia is an asset
  • Ability to travel
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
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