Prospect Researcher & Proposal Writer - The Kidney Foundation of Canada

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Location: Montreal, Quebec

The Organization:

One in ten Canadians has kidney disease and millions of others are at risk. Each day 15 Canadians learn their kidneys have failed. The Kidney Foundation of Canada is a national volunteer charity that exists for the enhancement of kidney health and, if possible, the elimination of the burden of kidney disease. It emphasizes:

  • Hope through research and its translation
  • Support through access to care, comfort and transplantation
  • Empowerment through knowledge, advocacy and community
  • Engagement through an informed public and effective public policies and strategies.

Job Summary:

Reporting jointly to the National Director, Development, and the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Branch this position will have a key role in developing a firm foundation for the organization’s major gift and planned giving thrust. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing expertise, coaching, training and encouragement to fundraisers across The Kidney Foundation in the area of prospect research and proposal writing – including the facilitation of workshops, development of training guides/manuals, etc.
  • Encouraging the continued development of a strong culture of philanthropy to support the growth of major gifts and planned giving in Atlantic Canada and nation-wide.
  • Taking a key role in the development of the Fund Development and Major Gift capacity of the Raiser’s Edge database and in the development of other tools for tracking and monitoring KFOC’s major gift and planned giving programs.
  • Keep up to date on charitable giving news in Canada as well as new sources of information.
  • Coordinate, facilitate and assist with prospect review sessions as needed with senior fundraising volunteers and staff.
  • Communicate the cause with knowledge, persuasion and passion.

Prospect Research

  • Analyze and research up-to-date, cost effective prospect research tools.
  • Ensure KFOC has current subscriptions and/or access to the most relevant information on donors and prospects and that staff and volunteers have access as needed.
  • Develop comprehensive profiles on individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations that are or could be donors to The Kidney Foundation, collecting pertinent biographical and financial information, interests, etc, from a wide variety of sources.
  • Develop call notes for senior staff and volunteers to assist with major gift calls as appropriate.
  • Assist with the design and development of major gift reports to assist with the monitoring of major gift and planned giving activity.
  • Assist with or take the lead in developing strategies for the solicitation of individual prospects.

Proposal Writing

  • Write and design professional and compelling proposals for major gift and planned giving solicitations, including the development of new templates for use by staff across the country.
  • Develop meaningful, personalized stewardship reports for KFOC major gift and planned giving donors.
  • Create project descriptions, mini-cases and other materials for staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with the development and design of various campaign communication pieces as needed.
  • Assist with the development of major gift and planned giving presentations for prospects or for reporting purposes.
  • Assist with or take the lead on the development of general fundraising materials for other programs including planned giving, endowments, Kidney Walk, Kidney Car, Kidney Kids Camp, etc.

Position Status: Regular, 5 days per week

Required Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree along with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in a not-for-profit environment, while not mandatory, is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and design gift proposals and/or grant applications for individual major donors, corporations and foundations; including the ability to organize and design layouts in clear, concise and meaningful ways.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office in an Office 365 environment (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Skype for Business, OneDrive), design software (e.g. Photoshop), and fundraising databases; experience with the Raiser’s Edge an asset.
  • Fluently bilingual (English and French) with impeccable writing and editing skills in both languages.
  • Knowledge of Canadian charities and philanthropists.
  • Understanding and respect of AFP, CAGP, APRA and Imagine Canada code of ethics and standards.
  • Ability to use tact and judgment in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours if needed.

Apply to: Please send a detailed resume, cover letter and writing samples to:

The Kidney Foundation of Canada
310-5160 Decarie Blvd., Montreal, QC H3X 2H9
Montreal, QC H3X 2H9
ATTN: Melissa Fontil

The Kidney Foundation of Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort