Manager of Philanthropy, Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · Greater Vancouver Food Bank expand job description ↓


Do you have the skills and passion to cultivate relationships with individuals and corporations who have the capacity to give at the $10,000+ level? Do you have the experience and systems discipline to build the right infrastructure behind the scenes within Raiser’s Edge? Can you successfully communicate our vision of accessible, healthy, sustainable food for all in a way that engages major gift support?

The Manager of Philanthropy plays a leading role in working with our Chief Development Officer (CDO) and the Development Team to create a comprehensive, long term strategy for engaging and building relationships with current and potential major donors.

Primary Responsibilities

Working closely with the CDO, the Manager of Philanthropy will:

  • Successfully manage all grant applications/written proposals, donor and prospective donor presentations/visits, tracking progress towards clearly defined objectives.
  • Design and implement effective identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for current donors and prospective donors.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward 75 current and prospective major donors annually.
  • Close 30 major gifts ($10,000+) annually, either alone or as part of a team.
  • Assist the Greater Food Bank (GVFBS) CDO and CEO to cultivate, solicit and steward potential major gift donors to make leadership (or transformational) gifts over $100,000.
  • Work with GVFBS Leadership Team to identify fundable projects for major donor consideration and then match potential funders to these projects.
  • Work closely with Communications and Development staff on the design and implementation of special opportunities to identify, cultivate, acknowledge and steward major donors and major donor prospects.
  • Lead the development and tracking of rigorous Moves Management and Pipeline Development processes within Raiser’s Edge database and monitor that process with the CDO and Development Team.
  • Attend various special events, promotions, community events, serving as a representative for the GVFBS.

Prospect Research

  • Conducts research to identify, analyze and qualify information on potential and current donors, with particular attention paid to matters relating to wealth capacity and philanthropic inclination. (linkage, ability, interest)
  • Rates and prioritizes prospect pool, suggesting gift levels based on research.

Organization and Regulatory Compliance

  • Maintains complete and timely records of contacts, proposals, tasks and other details with prospects, donors and records information in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Presents regular Raiser’s Edge reports, updates and other information to senior leadership.
  • Complies with AFP Code of Ethics, Donor Bill of Rights and best practices.


  • Solid knowledge of major gift fundraising, its trends and best practices.
  • Understanding of CRA regulations on donations and charitable donation receipts.
  • Understanding of Moves Management and pipeline development.
  • Proven track record of meeting or exceeding financial goals from a major gifts portfolio and successfully closing major gifts.
  • Minimum of 3 years of major gift experience in a nonprofit fundraising environment.
  • Skilled in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in diverse communities.
  • Experience working with an organization’s senior leadership.
  • Experience working with and among volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, written and verbal communications skills.
  • Equally capable working well independently as well as with a team.
  • Experience with constituent relationship management system, Raiser’s Edge specifically.
  • Compassionate and interested in the well-being of all people in the community.
  • Value, respect and enjoy the place of good, healthy food in family, community, and society.


This position will require some overtime from September to December due to the high volume of seasonal activity and donations; the overtime will be banked and provided as “time in lieu” according to the BC Employment Standards.

Application deadline: January 31, 2019


The Greater Vancouver Food Bank offers a competitive compensation and benefits package with three weeks of vacation and flexibility to telecommute if desired.

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