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Company Name:
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Fundraising and Volunteerism
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Major Gifts Officer (Flexible Work Location)



Major Gifts Officer (Flexible Work Location)


CALGARY or EDMONTON, AB or SASKATOON, SK - Be part of the largest Wish Granting organization in Canada! Enjoy a job that is personally rewarding, and help children enjoy their most heartfelt wish. Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada now has a regular fulltime opportunity for a Major Gifts Officer working from your choice of one of our three Chapter Office locations in Calgary, Edmonton, or Saskatoon.


Working in collaboration with the Regional Director, Western Canada, the Major Gifts Officer is directly accountable for more than $300K in revenues from both individual and corporate donors.  The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the major donor program for The Children’s Wish Foundation, Alberta/Saskatchewan.  They are integral of the campaign team and responsible for solicitation of gifts as well as cultivation and stewardship. We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated fundraiser to secure major gifts in Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

If you are interested in being part of a growing organization that has a profound impact on the communities across the country, the position of Major Gifts Officer may be right for you.

Primary Responsibilities:




Works with the Regional Director and National Manager, Major/Planned Giving to establish a volunteer More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign Cabinet.

Supports the work of the Campaign Cabinet.

In partnership with the Regional Director, develops strategies to increase revenue in the Major Gifts portfolio which contributes to the overall fundraising goals of the organization.

Works collaboratively with the MWMW Cabinet to identify prospective donors from within and outside of The Children’s Wish Foundation existing network.

Manages effective systems for tracking and cultivating donors, and prospect donors through Raiser’s Edge.

Participates in the planning and implementation of project related donor events and activities to engage and educate donors and prospects.

Plans and implements donor recognition projects and events, liaising with staff regarding existing events to which donors will be invited.



Manages a minimum of 100 individual prospects and corporate donors in AB/SK.

Identifies new prospects and works directly or through volunteers to initiate dialogue.

Meets existing activity targets and builds relationships via the phone, email and face to face visits solicitations for both immediate and deferred planned gifts.

Facilitates gift agreements.

Act as a representative for the Foundation by conducting presentations at various meetings and events as required.





Post-secondary education  

CFRE or equivalent professional designation is preferred

Strong understanding of charity sector and not-for-profit organizations.


Experience and Training

Minimum 5 years of experience of direct fundraising experience preferably with proven success at cultivating, securing, and/or stewarding major gifts. 

Highly self- motivated and directed.

Experience in the direct ask role at the $2000+ level with proven results in successfully cultivating and soliciting donors and prospects.

Strong knowledge of local and provincial donors and prospects; existing familiarity and relationships with these donors and prospects preferred.

Knowledge of effective fundraising strategies and techniques for growing non-profits; thorough and specific knowledge of the principles and techniques of major giving moves management.

Demonstrated ability to understand prospect identification and planned giving techniques.

Strong relationship building skills, with the ability to motivate and persuade with tact and diplomacy.

Proficient in the use of MSOffice, with knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge.

Strong knowledge of and ability to articulate tax benefits of giving.

Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information appropriately and to demonstrate excellent judgement when communicating with our about donors and/or prospects.

Valid Driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle is a requirement for this position.


If you are excited about this opportunity, submit your resume, WITH SALARY EXPECTATIONS, no later than February 9, 2018 via e-mail to [email protected] Please ensure your subject line reads “Major Gifts Officer AB/SK, #CW024”. While we look forward to receiving applications from qualified candidates, only those identified through the pre-screening process will be contacted for an interview.  No phone calls, please. Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations arae available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is an Equal Opportunity employer.


About the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families – that’s three wishes each and every day, all year long!


Children’s Wish has chapter offices and professional staff in every province, and each wish family is assigned a dedicated Wish Coordinator who is able to personally and carefully structure each heartfelt wish experience to meet the particular needs of the child and their family. Travel wishes include all siblings 21 years and under living in the same household, and families travel worry-free thanks to exclusive Blue Cross insurance.


Our newly expanded reach, which includes children diagnosed with a serious neurological or genetic illness, means continued strong wish referral support through our medical community. Wish referrals continue to increase year over year, and we are proud to maintain our 'no waiting list' policy, thanks to our generous donors.


Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Help us grant the next single-most heartfelt wish. Visit for more information and to donate. 

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