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

Director of Philanthropy

Director of Philanthropy Wellspring Calgary

Background:                                                                                                         ____ 

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It brings countless life-altering moments and events for the people who receive the diagnosis and for those who love them. People with cancer are compelled to find a new ‘normal,' before, during and after treatment. Priorities shift, relationships change, life is ... different.

At Wellspring, people living with cancer tell us that what helps them the most is having access to information, receiving support, and learning new ways to cope.

Wellspring Calgary is a charitable organization that supports, informs and empowers those diagnosed with cancer by helping them address the fear, isolation, disruption and practical problems cancer can bring to their lives. In operation since 2007 and an affiliate of the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, Wellspring Calgary provides a comprehensive range of programs, support, and resources so anyone living with cancer and the people who care about them can improve the quality of their lives. All programs and services are informed by evidence and offered free of charge and without referral in warm, caring, and welcoming community-based centres.

Wellspring Calgary’s work is made possible through the generous donations of individuals, corporations, foundations and grassroots fundraisers, and with the efforts of committed volunteers, dedicated staff and skilled facilitators. 

Our vision is that no one has to face cancer alone. 

The Opportunity:                                                                                               ____

Wellspring Calgary is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to join our team as Director of Philanthropy.  Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with the Board of Directors, fundraising staff, volunteers, and members, the Director will develop and implement a sustainable fundraising plan.

Focusing on relationship development with our many contributors, the Director will be a tireless ambassador who will help to expand awareness of, and investment in, Wellspring Calgary.  The successful candidate will develop and nurture genuine, thoughtful relationships with individuals, groups, and businesses who have an affiliation with Wellspring’s mission and programs and who want to join or expand their role as part of our team of supporters. 

We are seeking a qualified and energetic professional to initiate and cultivate relationships with new and existing supporters. This position offers a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in leading and making a mark, during an exciting period of growth. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of building genuine relationships with high net worth individuals and converting those relationships into tangible financial support. This senior level position is responsible for leading all aspects of philanthropy including major giving, donor relations, annual program, events, and more.  Responsibilities include executing a plan, and administration and management of philanthropy programs that include individuals, corporations, community groups, government, and foundations.

Primary Responsibilities                                                                  _________

  • Develop and execute a sustainable integrated fundraising plan
  • Build and manage a diverse portfolio of donors and prospects through referrals, events, personal engagement, and proposals
  • Solicit gifts from individuals, foundations, and companies
  • Nurture donors to deeper levels of engagement with Wellspring Calgary, including multi-year corporate or personal pledges
  • Leave every supporter knowing and appreciating the ‘Wellspring way’
  • Develop and implement strategies for cultivating new donors and for strategic relationship management
  • Prepare annual planning, goal-setting and evaluation in all areas of philanthropy
  • Participate in organization-wide strategic planning and maintain long-range fundraising plan
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with volunteers
  • Train volunteers on their roles and responsibilities
  • Provide exemplary and inspriring leadership to the fundraising team
  • Plan and implement formal and informal volunteer recognition activities
  • Coordinate and execute special events including stewardship events
  • Plan and deploy events to raise funds and inspire donors and prospects
  • Oversee Wellspring Calgary, community and third party events program
  • Forecast and oversee fund-raising revenue and expense budget

Knowedge, Skills and Abilities                                                                   _____

  • Fearless senior leader with demonstrated success in raising funds in major giving and capital campaigns in a non-profit environment
  • Demonstrated ability to raise significant funds through a personal portfolio
  • Courageous developer of relationships with a proven track record of attracting and developing new philanthropic relationships that result in partnership
  • Proven track record of building new philanthropic relationships to successful giving
  • Ability to develop existing relationships to greater levels of engagement and support
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver effective and impactful presentations to individuals and groups
  • Strategic planner with the ability to execute and deliver a plan with measurable outcomes
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and determine priorities
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field, or equivalent marketplace experience
  • Proficient in  Luminate and Raiser’s Edge
  • A high degree of self-motivation and the ability to lead and inspire a team of staff, volunteers, prospects, and donors
  • AFP member and CFRE accreditation or working towards same

We offer a competitive salary and benefits and an empowering and inspiring work environment.  A fundraising plan has been developed by a consultant to help guide this work.  This is a full-time position.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume in confidence, by April 17, 2019   

[email protected]

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  For more information about Wellspring Calgary visit: