Indspire is seeking a fundraiser for the role of Director, Individual Giving to support the continued expansion of our dynamic national Indigenous charity. This is a very exciting time for a fundraiser to join Indspire due to the high profile of Indigenous issues in Canada, our unique value proposition; and the incredible impact of the compelling work we do with Indigenous youth.
Energized by a bold new purpose – within a generation every Indigenous student will graduate – Indspire invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of individuals, their families, communities, and Canada. With the support of our funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of improving educational outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. Indspire is the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government. A robust giving program of corporate, foundation, government and individual donors makes Indspire programs and events possible. Since inception we have provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. The results confirm that Indspire is thriving, meeting its goals, and helping thousands of Indigenous students complete their high school and post-secondary education and embark on a rewarding career.
Reporting to the Vice-President, Development and leading a team of four, the Director will be responsible for overall cultivation, stewardship and growth of $3M in revenue from a growing list of 12,000 individuals. The Director will also contribute to the strategic growth of the organization's $13M annual campaign to support Indspire programs.
Working collaboratively with staff at our Toronto and Six Nations offices, the Director will reflect Indigenous values and espouse cultural competence as they work to bring the vision of Indspire to donors. They will build meaningful relationships and secure immediate and long-term philanthropic support in a manner that acknowledges the reciprocity of the Indspire giving relationship.
This full-time position is located in the downtown Toronto office at 555 Richmond St. West.
Founded in 1985, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they can achieve their highest potential. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring Indigenous achievement through our programs and events.
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Our charity has also been recognized for its program impact and financial efficiency by:
Indspire has 45 staff located in Toronto, Six Nations and Ottawa. The fundraising and marketing & communications staff teams are located in the Toronto office.
The new Director, Individual Giving will be a confident and experienced fundraiser possessing passion and commitment to reconciliation in Canada. The ideal candidate will bring a high level of cultural competence, an understanding of the Indigenous landscape and the reciprocity that is at the heart of the donor relationship.
Curious and tenacious, the new Director will combine their knowledge of Indspire programs and their authenticity to secure revenue from individual donors who are seeking opportunities to support reconciliation and become part of this exciting chapter in Canada’s history.
An experienced development professional with demonstrated success closing gifts, the successful candidate will effectively leverage our unique value proposition and market share to exponentially increase revenue. The new Director will provide tactical oversight of all annual giving revenue streams with a focus on building leadership, major and planned gifts. Sharing a fresh perspective and incorporating knowledge of major gift fundraising, data mining and digital strategies, the ideal candidate will survey our landscape of 12,000 donors and take individual giving to the next level. Strategically identifying new opportunities for growth, the new incumbent will also solidify donor engagement through the implementation of enhanced cultivation and stewardship activities.
Possessing a solid understanding of the complexity and changing dynamic of Indigenous issues, the successful candidate “walks the talk” and knows that true empathy requires a high level of introspection and cultural awareness that is not learned from books. Equipped with this awareness, the new Director is able to navigate complex environments and geographic locations to build successful relationships across the organization and create efficiencies which will improve internal processes and the overall donor experience.
Mature and adept at navigating interpersonal dynamics, the ideal candidate exceeds standards and is energized working in a fast paced environment. Compassionate and open-minded, the new Director is collaborative and highly adept at building successful relationships with senior leadership, peers and direct reports. The Director will work in a manner that values and supports others and demonstrates appreciation for an environment that prioritizes peer support to meet common organizational goals.
An empathic coach and mentor, the ideal candidate will rally and motivate the Individual Giving team to reach their full potential. Functioning as a high-level manager of people and projects, the successful candidate will support the team to take ownership of their roles and develop their growth to meet enhanced revenue outcomes.
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KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Indspire. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Samantha David, Senior Search Consultant KCI Search + Talent by email at Indspire@kcitalent.com.
All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest, to the email address listed above by January 9, 2020. Please note qualified candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis.
To view the full Executive Brief, please visit: www.kcitalent.com
We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We also welcome other candidates who possess a high level of cultural competence and understanding of Indigenous issues. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about Indspire, visit indspire.ca.