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Major Gifts Coordinator

Ontario Nature seeks a conscientious goal-oriented individual with excellent communications and organizational skills for the position of Major Gifts Coordinator.

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement, connecting thousands of individuals and communities with nature. We have a network of more than 150 affiliated nature organizations across Ontario and a staff of 20. Ontario Nature’s 86-year history of protecting nature in the Province provides the foundation for our current priorities. These include conserving an interconnected system of greenways in southern and eastern Ontario, protecting Ontario’s boreal forest, protecting and recovering endangered species, and connecting people, especially youth, with nature through leadership development, meaningful volunteer experiences and information about Ontario’s wildlife and habitats.

The Major Gifts Coordinator reports to the Manager of Major and Planned Giving and plays an important role in the success of Ontario Nature’s major gift fundraising. The Coordinator also works closely with the Director of Conservation and Education, the Executive Director and program staff to develop and submit project and program funding proposals and coordinate reporting. In this role, the Major Gifts Coordinator will support the growth and delivery of the long-term cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plan for current and prospective major donors, legacy donors and corporate partners. As the ideal candidate you have excellent written and verbal communication skills, education or experience in fundraising, knowledge of conservation and environmental issues and have a passion for nature. You are highly organized, work well with a diverse team and are results-oriented.


  • Establish and maintain a good working knowledge of Ontario Nature’s activities, priorities and needs;

  • Develop funding proposal content with program staff; review and edit proposals written by other staff; and ensure that grant applications include required information;

  • Create and maintain an up to date fundraising calendar that tracks proposal deadlines, reporting deadlines, funding commitments and other information relevant to institutional funders;

  • Coordinate reporting on grants and donations to funders, working with the relevant staff;
    Research funding prospects, review funders’ priorities and monitor calls for proposals;

  • Work with the Director of Conservation and Education and the Manager of Major and Planned Giving to ensure that funding applications and reports to funders are submitted on time and prospects are identified and recorded;

  • Assist with the development and stewardship of strategic foundation partners, corporate partners, legacy donors and other major donors;
    Facilitate planning and coordinating logistics of donor-relations events;

  • Assist with the development and dissemination of correspondence for members and prospective funders;

  • Maintain departmental files (hard copy and electronic) and adhere to a standard of ethics consistent with the AFP Donor Bill of Rights and Ontario Nature’s policies;

  • Operate within Ontario Nature’s philosophy, culture, and values; and

  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and qualifications

  • University degree;

  • At least two years of relevant work experience or further education in fundraising
    Demonstrated ability to coordinate team members to achieve targets;

  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple projects and a meticulous attention to detail;

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and initiative;

  • Ability to self-motivate, prioritize and work independently with little supervision;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of successful fundraising practices and excellent communications skills;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is an asset;

  • A positive outlook with a good sense of humour and ability to be composed under pressure; and

  • A love of nature and the outdoors.

This is a full time position based at our head office in Toronto with an immediate start date. If you are interested in joining our team, please send a résumé and cover letter to by Friday April 7, 2017.

No phone calls or unsolicited e-mails please.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in working at Ontario Nature; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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