Major Gifts Officer

Date Posted: Oct 09, 2019
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
Start Date: Nov 04, 2019

Salary From: 40K To 50K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: Business
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

The Walrus Foundation
The Walrus is a charitable non-profit foundation with a national, educational mandate to create forums for Canada’s conversation. It fulfills this mission by publishing fact-based journalism about Canada and its place in the world in The Walrus and at; producing The Walrus Talks, a national, curated speakers’ series; and through other innovative projects such as The Walrus Books, The Walrus Podcasts, The Walrus Leadership Dinners, and The Walrus Editorial Fellowships. 

Job Description

Major Gifts Officer
The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism, produce national, ideas-focused events, and train emerging professionals in publishing and nonprofit management. The Walrus and its 2000 donors are invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens
The Walrus is seeking a full-time fundraising professional to play a key role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors for gifts of $1,000 to $100,000. Under the guidance of the manager of donor stewardship, the major gifts coordinator will assist with all departmental initiatives, including prospect research, stewardship report writing, event planning, project management, identifying and developing opportunities for donor engagement, and grant and proposal writing.
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and willing to take complete ownership of critical duties. They will understand and eagerly support the role of The Walrus in sparking Canada’s conversation.
Major Gift Cultivation and Stewardship

  • Contribute to the development, coordination and implementation of fundraising strategies
  • Use prospect identification, research, and qualification processes to generate foundation, major donor, and corporate sponsor prospects
  • Work with the manager of donor stewardship to raise revenue based on approved annual operating plan goals through a portfolio of mid- and major-level gift prospects
  • Write donor stewardship correspondence, including acknowledgement letters, impact reports, and program updates
Fundraising Event Coordination
  • Lead event coordination (logistics, administration) of The Walrus Gala and three to four of cultivation and stewardship events
  • Develop invitations and manage guest-list preparation
  • Coordinate sponsorship outreach and solicit in-kind donations
  • Coordinate the work and contracting of outside vendors
Gift Processing and Administrative Support
  • Ensure procedures and standards for timely and accurate gift processing and acknowledgment are met
  • Provide administrative support for fundraising campaigns and ongoing department initiatives including campaign mailings, stewardship report mailings and e-solicitations

Please consider joining our team if you have a commitment to a career in fundraising and are interested in supporting essential Canadian conversation and exceptional journalism. 



  • A university degree (or equivalent) with formal fundraising training (preferred)
  • A minimum of 1–3 years of experience in a fundraising role
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and prior experience writing correspondence, reports, requests, and other compelling fundraising copy
  • Experience coordinating fundraising events
  • Strong organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to manage and meet deadlines
  • Experience with fundraising database software
  • High proficiency in all Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment


Additional Info:

The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation.



How to Apply:

To apply, send your resumé & cover letter to by 5 p.m. on September 30, 2019.
NOTE: A cover letter is required with your application.


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