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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada values its team of committed, diverse and competent people.

We strive to offer fair and competitive employment conditions, as well as exciting development opportunities. All of our work opportunities are posted in this section of our website, including opportunities for volunteering.

Current Opportunities


National Director of Fundraising 

Position Type: Full Time 
Location: National Office – Toronto, ON 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Compensation: Commensurate with experience, in the $90,000 to $100,000 range.

​Apply: Cover letter + CV to

National Director of Fundraising
Reporting to the National Executive Director (NED), The National Director of Fundraising is a member of the senior management team of the Award and provides fundraising strategy and leadership around several core competencies.

Overall Mandate of Role

Develop an integrated fundraising strategy that will increase the amount and the sustainability of funding for the organization, increase shared resources across the country and provide developmental leadership to support National and Divisional fundraising strategies.

Charter for Business (CFB)
Further develop major donor gifts, including follow-up meetings with CEOs and worldwide Award Family offices. Develop and implement an effective stewardship plan to keep donors informed on the impact of their donations. Strategic Planning and Partnership: Continually develop and refine the fundraising plan, working directly with the National Executive Director (NED) and senior management team and assist in the development of strategic partnerships.

Two Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an integrated fundraising program
  • Develop presentations that include communications and messaging that meet the goals of the integrated fundraising program, including arranging key meetings and tracking follow-up
  • Identify and assess prospects and solicit potential donors and sponsors
  • Maintain positive and proactive ongoing relationships with donors
  • Develop and professionally write a compelling case for support, as needed
  • Maintain a strong knowledge base in critical areas, including direct response, major gifts, corporate giving, grants and contributions, foundations, sales and service opportunities and events
  • Develop and oversee all aspects of special fundraising events, including maintaining and reporting accurate event financial results
  • Research grant opportunities, write proposals and secure funding
  • Remain current on all CRA legislation and ethical practices pertaining to fundraising
  • Ensure positive relationships and active engagement with committee volunteers and staff across the country
  • Gather, report on and implement donor feedback into future reports, as appropriate
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities related to all fundraising activities
  • Perform at a high level in a small, team-based environment.

Charter for Business (Major Gifts)

  • Recruit six to eight new major donors per year, generating approximately $200,000 in new revenue annually as part of multi-year pledges over 3-6 years.
  • Maintain relationships and follow up with over 60 existing CFB donors, including donor stewardship and recognition
  • Coordinate, provide oversight and attend designated events, including CFB fundraising dinners and at least one CFB fundraising recruitment event
  • Ensure an effective orientation and smooth transition to a new volunteer CFB Chair every three years or as required
  • Work effectively with the CFB Chair and other volunteer CFB Governors to recruit new CFB Governors as required
  • Maintain and update all CFB files, including but not limited to contact information for donors past and present and provide a complete status report on all identified prospective donors, whether in progress or not
  • Perform CFB fundraising and other tasks as may be assigned by the NED

Key Relationships
This position reports directly to the NED and works in conjunction with:

  1. the National President and the NED to continually develop and refine the national and CFB fundraising plans
  2. the National Fundraising Chair and committee to develop and implement an integrated fundraising plan to support both national and CFB strategies
  3. the CFB Chair and volunteer committee to further develop a successful partnership program with major corporate and individual donors
  4. Divisional staff across the country, as required, to meet these objectives


  • Post-secondary degree in a related discipline.
  • A professional fundraising designation is an asset
  • 7-10 years’ experience in the charitable sector, preferably in a national/federated model. Or 7-10 years’ experience working in business development, sponsorship, sales and/or marketing with a not-for-profit organization, a for-profit business or an agency
  • Demonstrated track record of having developed a fundraising strategy and met fund development targets in a $1 million+ environment
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English (French an asset) and specifically, effective personal presentation and proposal-writing skills
  • Strategic thinker and results-oriented leader
  • A creative intelligence that can conceptualize and think through issues and apply current or emerging trends, methods and technologies to the present and future needs of the organization
  • Highly organized self-starter; independent and self-directed
  • Complete and current knowledge of CRA charitable rules and regulations and grant application databases
  • Experience in planned-giving arrangements and gifts of securities
  • Excellent and up-to-date skills and knowledge of Publisher, Excel, Word, PowerPoint,
    SUMAC, Sales Force or Raiser’s Edge fundraising software applications

Work Environment

  • The national organization is a small yet effective seven-person team based in downtown Toronto. The National Director of Fundraising must be a team player capable of working with minimal supervision and managing routine office matters. Much of the communication with volunteer board members and provincial staff is by phone and so excellent telephone communication skills are essential; the candidate must be prepared, clear, concise and compelling to be successful

How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter telling us why you think you'd be a great addition to The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Canada team to This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls or Recruiters please. 

Please be advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a Police Record Check. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Canada values the diversity of people and communities and is commited to excellence and inclusion. 

Organization Background and Culture
Founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award today operates in over 130 countries, including Canada. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, also referred to as “the Award” or “the Duke of Ed”, encourages young people to set their own goals and challenges, work towards achieving them and then recognizes them for sustaining the commitment they have made. There is no competition among participants. The only people with whom they compete are themselves. Self-motivation is fundamental to the program. The Award programs typically take between one and four years to complete and must be finished by a participant’s 25th birthday. The programs are offered at three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.  

About The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Canada 
The Award was launched in Canada in 1963 and opened to all youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Each year the program continues to expand and reach new communities. Today there are over 51,000 young Canadians participating in the Award. The Duke of Ed is a federally registered charity operating in every province and territory and has been segmented into ten Divisions to better serve its constituents. Each Division is a separately registered charity licensed by the National Office and operates to provide direct support for youth and organizations who embark on the Award throughout the country, regardless of circumstance, ability or geography. The Award operates through public and private schools as well as myriad community organizations to engage young people, including inner-city youth, young offenders, those living with disabilities, Aboriginal, northern and rural youth. Its impact on young lives is extraordinary and often transformative. 

Our Vision
To inspire and promote lifelong improvement for all young Canadians by encouraging personal development and achievement. 

Our Mission
To give Canadians aged 14-24 a supportive, non-competitive development platform that deepens self-awareness, builds confidence and broadens skills and experience to further their growth as active, responsible citizens. 

About The Charter for Business
Since 1996 The Charter for Business (CFB) has been raising funds within the Canadian business community to expand the Award’s work with marginalized young people. Comprised of more than 60 corporations, individuals and foundations, the CFB has pledged over $23.5 million since inception to ensure that the Award continues its outreach efforts focused on Aboriginal youth, inner-city youth, young offenders, northern and rural youth as well as young people with disabilities.   


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