Fund Development Associate

Sistering - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Sistering is a multi-service agency which offers practical and emotional support to women and trans people facing a va

Sistering is a multi-service agency which offers practical and emotional support to women and trans people facing a variety of challenging life circumstances, including poverty, homelessness, social isolation and trauma histories.
Our Vision
Sistering envisions a world where all women and trans people, in all our diversity, are valued; a world where we are safe and supported, treated with dignity, and given the respect we deserve. When opportunities are just and equitable, we can live life on our own terms.
Our Mission
Our goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for women and trans people who are socially isolated, poor, homeless or precariously housed. Guided by principles of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression, Sistering works to change the social conditions that endanger women and trans people’s welfare. We offer practical and emotional support to marginalized women and trans people through programs and services that enable them to take greater control over their lives.
What We Do
Sistering’s programs include a low-barrier 24/7 Drop In, Housing and Case Support, Harm Reduction, Peer Outreach, On the Path to Employment and Spun Studio social enterprise, and individual and systemic advocacy.
How We Do It
Sistering operates on a trauma-informed and relationship-based model and our harm reduction philosophy is a core element of all the work we do: we are here to respond to participants’ needs, where they are at, in the moment, to support participants to learn how to reduce harm and/or increase safety. And we recognize that their lives have meaning and value.
Position Summary
Reporting directly to Fund Development Officer is a key member of the team, and will help support the Strategic priorities of the organization. Prime responsibilities include proposal writing; direct mail; third part events, legacy giving; corporate and foundation research, and donor stewardship aimed at meeting the revenue goals of the agency as established in the Annual Budget and the Strategic Plan. The Fund Development Officer is a results oriented individual with strong creative skills.
The Fund Development Officer will support the planning, implementation and execution of the agency’s fund development strategies aimed at meeting the revenue goals of the agency as those set out in the Strategic Plan and annual budget. The Officer will help execute strategies to secure corporate, individual and other sources of revenue.
Primary Responsibilities:
1. Development

  • Research background information on potential corporate, foundation and individual donors
  • Write proposals and track responses associated with: individuals, foundations and corporate
  • Research and cultivate a variety of stewardship strategies for existing and potential donors, including building tours, pamphlets, presentations and others as appropriate
  • Support the creation of stewardship reports
  • Help keep individual giving program, including major gifts and legacy giving, current
  • Support Direct Mail and Monthly Giving Program; Legacy Giving Program

2. Relationship Management

  • Help steward relationships with potential, current and past donors and partners
  • Engage Board members and other volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Help keep relevant databases accurate and current

3. Community Engagement and Donor Acquisition

  • Recommend effective recognition and stewardship program for Donors
  • Support the acquisition plan to cultivate existing and pursue new donors
  • Stay abreast of not-for-profit trends in the marketplace

4. Communications

  • Support Sistering social media accounts posts as requested
  • Help with the content of the monthly Newsletter
  • Identify new opportunities to promote the advocacy positions of Sistering’s Vision, Mission and Values

Other duties as assigned.


  • Fund Development and or communications educational background
  • Social media awareness in non profit
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to connect with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong strategic thinker
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; proposal writing, public speaking, presentations
  • Strong project management skills and an ability to multi-task
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Power Point and etapestry or communication databases
  • Able to work flexible hours

Work Conditions:

The Fund Development Officer works in the office and community. Sistering is a 24/7 operation, fast paced, intense environment.

There may be the risk of exposure to potentially unpredictable behaviours and situations. Sistering is a pet friendly facility and as such, employees will be expected to be in the proximity of animals.

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience and excellent benefits package

Sistering is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.

Job Types: Temporary, Internship, Contract