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The philanthropy coordinator is a member of a small but dedicated team of fundraising professionals building long-term donor relationships in support of the Walrus Foundation’s educational mandate to foster public debate on matters vital to Canadians.

The philanthropy coordinator plays a key role in stewarding all donors and supporting cultivation and solicitation activities. Under the guidance of the director of development and strategic communications, the coordinator assists with all departmental initiatives such as annual giving campaigns, grant proposal/report writing, donor cultivation, prospecting research, events, and seeking other opportunities for donor engagement.

Cultivation and Solicitation Activities
  • Research and identify prospective foundation funders, major donors, and corporate sponsors
  • Assist with the acquisition of individual, foundation, and government grant revenue by conducting research and writing proposals
  • Provide support for the cultivation and solicitation of major-gift prospects by developing and maintaining tracking systems, providing detailed data entry, and running reports
  • Contribute to the preparation and coordination of fundraising strategies and materials, including customized proposals and information packages for prospects
  • Coordinate direct-mail and annual giving campaigns
Grants and Grants Management
  • Research new funding opportunities
  • Write and edit grants and impact reports
  • Manage the grants application and reporting calendar
  • Manage and maintain grant files to ensure all grant-related correspondences, guidelines, and requirements are documented in the database as well as in other files
Donor Relations, Stewardship, and Gift Processing
  • Draft donor and stewardship correspondences, including cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgement letters
  • Ensure procedures and standards for timely and accurate acknowledgement of donors are met for every gift
  • Manage record keeping on programmatic activities and achievements for use in reports to stakeholders
  • Ensure accurate listing of all donors to the Walrus Foundation for the purposes of recognition
Fundraising Events
  • Support the management of the annual Walrus gala and three or four smaller fundraising and cultivation events throughout the year
  • Coordinate logistics and sponsorship outreach, solicit in-kind donations, and manage volunteers and collateral
  • Create invitations and manage guest-list preparation and RSVPs
Departmental Administration
  • Provide administrative support for the department, which includes, but is not limited to, drafting correspondences, pledge reminders, gift agreements, briefing documents, and reports; generating mailing lists; and engaging in filing and file management
  • Maintain the Salesforce database for all donor activity to ensure data integrity and also produce reports and extractions
  • Provide administrative support to the board of directors by taking meeting minutes and managing board documents
Education, Skills, and Abilities
  1. A bachelor’s degree and formal fundraising-management training
  2. A minimum of three years of fundraising experience
  3. Experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases and the ability to work with a database to input, track, and analyze data
  4. Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  5. The ability to support several projects at one time with a high degree of efficiency and thorough attention to detail and follow-through
  6. The ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work, while handling multiple tasks and interruptions with poise and patience
  7. The ability to take initiative and demonstrate a flexible approach in responding to needs as they arise
  8. The ability to exercise discretion and tact with sensitive and confidential information and situations
  9. The ability to work independently or as a member of the team, with minimal supervision
  10. A passion for the work of the Walrus Foundation and a commitment to a career in fundraising
  11. Conduct that demonstrates adherence to the AFP standards of professional practice

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, January 9, 2017 to Only applicants chosen for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted, and no applicants will be contacted until the posting has closed.


The Walrus Foundation is not currently accepting Fellowship applications. A new round of hiring will commence in the spring of 2017.

The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program—a pilot project funded by the Chawkers Foundation and other like-minded donors, and administered by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation—trains young professionals in editorial work, to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism, ideas, and culture. Editorial Fellows research story ideas with editors, and fact-check and proof the content of The Walrus in print and mobile editions. Additional “desk assignments” include reviewing unsolicited submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information for the Contributors page; and assisting the online and tablet editors with digital and expanded content.

Editorial Fellows also have access to training seminars led by editors and staff of the Walrus Foundation, in topics ranging from copy editing and magazine theory to circulation and non-profit development. The full-time fellowships pay $400 per week per fellow, for six months.

We are eternally grateful to our founding donor, the Chawkers Foundation, for its support of education, training, and all things Walrus.

The Walrus launched in September 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world and to present the best work by the best writers and artists, on a wide range of topics for curious Canadians. The Walrus is published by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and to creating forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, curating the national series of Walrus Talks, organizing leadership dinners, and posting original, daily content at The foundation also trains the future leaders in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

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