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Senior Manager, Foundation Partnerships

Toronto (hybrid)

Regular, Full-Time

April 01, 2024


What We Do: 

Arthritis Society Canada is on a mission to fight the fire of arthritis with the fire of research, innovation, advocacy and information and support. That’s because arthritis robs six million Canadians of their mobility, mental and physical well-being, and in some cases, their livelihood. It is Canada’s most common chronic condition, and there is no cure. 

Why Join Us: 

A career with us is more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to use your talents to push back against the devastation of arthritis. Fighting the fire of arthritis gives meaning to our work, incites collective action, and drives us to excellence in all we do. Our bold and ambitious strategic plan, Accelerating Impact, is propelling our work to create transformational change. We are a united, transformative, and impactful culture. Our people are essential to our efforts, and we will empower you to be successful in your role. We are honoured to be a 2022-2023 Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures winner, and proud to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.

Our Revenue Development Team:  

Our revenue development team is made up of talented fundraising professionals across Canada, in the areas of major giving, direct response, annual giving and corporate, who work closely with our community of generous loyal donors to turn shared visions, passions and interests into meaningful impact in fighting the fire of arthritis. We are a national charity with local impact, and the donation from these individuals makes a difference for people living with arthritis in every province.

Purpose of Role: 

The Senior Manager, Foundation Partnerships will be responsible for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and overseeing a varied portfolio of Foundation prospects, including both public and private entities, as well as corporate organizations nationwide, with the primary objective to secure funding in support of the mission of Arthritis Society Canada.

Working closely with fundraising colleagues, the incumbent will raise $500,000 annually from both new and established donor pools. This role requires a dynamic individual with a proven track record in building relationships with Foundations, managing grants, and achieving fundraising goals.

Key Accountabilities:

Revenue Development (70%)

  • Under the leadership of the Vice President, Major Gifts and Individual Giving, create the annual development plan for Foundation and Corporate Partnership and quarterly budget projections.
  • Develop and implement strategies to cultivate and solicit Foundation support in alignment with the organization's strategic priorities.
  • Research and identify current and potential private, corporate and family Foundation partners whose missions align with Arthritis Society Canada’s objectives.
  • Achieve monthly, quarterly, and annual activity goals for prospecting, acquisition, stewardship, renewal, and growth of Foundation and corporate partnerships.
  • Actively seek opportunities to build partnerships that maximize revenue while also securing additional support from partners that provide value to partners while advancing Arthritis Society Canada objectives. These additional forms of support may include, but are not limited to, in-kind, volunteer, and promotional support.
  • Build high-value, high-satisfaction partner relationships through effective stewardship and overall oversight of projects funded by new and existing partners. 

Stewardship (20%)

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including leadership to ensure alignment of Foundation relations strategies with organizational goals
  • Effectively utilize the support of prospect research to continuously improve the quality and overall value of both their pipeline and of the broader corporate pipeline supporting the Revenue Development team’s goals.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Foundations through regular communication, meetings, and stewardship activities.
  • Stay informed about emerging trends and best practices in Foundation relations and philanthropy.
  • Gather competitive information and identify potential opportunities and challenges in the corporate market. 
  • Work closely with Marketing & Communications to deliver customized content and presentations in accordance with Arthritis Society Canada’s branding, and other guidelines. 
  • Represent Arthritis Society Canada at relevant events, conferences, and meetings to network and build relationships with potential Foundation partners.

Grant Management (10%)

  • Oversee the full lifecycle of grant processes, including proposal development, submission, reporting, and stewardship.
  • Work closely with the Manager, Prospect Research and Data Intelligence to identify potential donors or funding sources.
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements and reporting deadlines, maintaining accurate records of grant activities.

Education & Experience:

  • Post-secondary education in fundraising, philanthropy, business or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Foundation relations, grant writing, or fundraising, preferably within the nonprofit sector.
  • Proven track record of securing significant Foundation support and meeting fundraising goals.
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to craft compelling grant proposals and reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build rapport and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders. French language skills an asset.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong level of comfort and experience with donor databases (Raiser’s Edge experience preferred) and Microsoft Office.
  • Driven, energetic, self-motivated, results-oriented professional, with a proven track record for influencing outcomes to achieve ambitious revenue targets. 
  • Ability to represent the organization’s mission and vision to external partners with the highest professional standards. 
  • AFP membership in good standing considered an asset.

Working Conditions 

  • Your position is Designated. This means you will work at least 2 days a week from our Toronto office and the rest of the days remotely/from home. The exact days you are required to work from our office will be determined by your supervisor. This will include in-person meetings, events, retreats and other opportunities to connect and collaborate.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as need be. 
  • Role located in Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 

Apply Now: 

If you are interested in, and qualified for, this exciting opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to We thank all applicants for their expression of interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interested in a different role or know someone that would be a great fit for our team? We are creating an organization that is an exceptional place to work and volunteer. You are encouraged to visit our official careers site at where you can view all our current job opportunities across Canada and learn more about why you should join our team to help extinguish arthritis for good! 

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