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Position: Philanthropy Assistant
Type: summer / age 30 & under
Immediate Supervisor: Philanthropy Manager

Organization: Outward Bound Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Start date: ASAP (9 weeks position, approx. 20-30 hrs/week)

Since 1969, Outward Bound Canada has made it our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. A not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization, Outward Bound Canada has challenged over 150,000 Canadians to step out of their comfort zone with our unique outdoor adventures. We pride ourselves on offering transformational journeys that encourage participants to push beyond their limits and discover their true potential.


The Philanthropy Assistant will report to and work very closely through a mentoring relationship with the Philanthropy Manager to advance the fundraising efforts of OBC’s Corporate and Foundation Giving portfolio, as well as OBC’s Individual Giving portfolio. They will contribute through completing administrative duties, support for stewardship report writing and support for research and grant writing for Corporate and Foundation funders, and campaign planning for Individual Giving donors. They will also contribute through other departmental support as needed


Administrative Duties

  • Contribute to maintaining and updating our Salesforce donor database through data entry, cleaning, and reporting.
  • Contribute to the general administrative running of the fundraising team, including maintaining systems and processes, including organizing departmental documents and assets in Google Drive.

Support for Grant Research and Writing

  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for grants, using for-fee databases and internet searches.
  • Conduct data entry into Salesforce to track current and future granting opportunities and ensure that past grants are tracked in the database.
  • Maintain current records in Salesforce reflecting grant writing activities.

Support for Stewardship Report Writing

  • Create a tracking sheet for all reports due to donors with associated deadlines and all relevant information
  • Gather photographs and other assets necessary for stewardship reports
  • Work with other departments to track and collect data needed for stewardship reports

Support with Individual Giving Campaign Planning

  • Perform an analysis of previous campaign results and highlight findings
  • Collect assets and stories for upcoming giving campaign
  • Help prepare lists for upcoming giving campaign
  • Update and maintain current Individual Giving donor records in Salesforce

Other Departmental Support

  • Provide support as needed for event planning
  • Provide support as needed for Major Gifts portfolio
  • Provide support as needed for other departments that support our work in the fundraising department


  • A relevant university degree in philanthropy, marketing and/or communications or related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Desire to learn about the non-profit or charitable sector.
  • Experience in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office.
  • Experience in an administrative function, including record keeping.
  • Strong working knowledge of donor database (Salesforce in particular) an asset.
  • Design experience in Adobe an asset.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing and grammar skills and the ability to prepare various documents for different audiences.
  • Excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software.
  • Demonstrated abilities to work independently and as a team player and to facilitate and mobilize support.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and flexibility.
  • Ability to develop a plan of action and meet deadlines.


The position is in collaboration with Canada Summer Jobs and has eligibility criteria including:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment.
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or person whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee protection act.
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Please send cover letter and CV to

Please identify the position as “Philanthropy Assistant” when you apply.

Application deadline: June 3, 2020, resumes being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Outward Bound Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 21 2020    ID: 56683