Director of Philanthropic Engagement

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • $105,000 - $115,000 CAD / Year
  • Jul 9, 2024

Compassion Canada

Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name

Director of Philanthropic Engagement – Compassion Canada

This executive search is conducted by Nelson/Kraft & Associates on behalf of Compassion Canada



Compassion Canada is searching for an exceptional fundraising executive with planning, analytical, and interpersonal skills to join their team as Director of Philanthropic Engagement.

The Director of Philanthropic Engagement is accountable for all partnership engagements with individual donors, to advance Compassion Canada’s international philanthropic objectives. The successful candidate will develop, deepen, and diversify strategic individual partnerships for largescale outcomes serving children, families, and communities around the world.

This role will spearhead strategic initiatives to engage donors, partners, and supporters in Compassion Canada’s mission, while leveraging exceptional communication skills to craft compelling narratives that resonate with supporters’ values and inspire them to act. Whether it’s developing innovative fundraising strategies, cultivating relationships with major donors, or forging partnerships with foundations, this role plays a key role in driving the organization’s growth and impact.

As a member of the Partner Relations Leadership Team, this role reports directly to the Chief Programs & Partnerships Officer alongside a team of directors collectively tasked with leadership and oversight of the departments.

If you are a relational leader and fundraiser with a proven track record of soliciting and securing major donor funding (six and seven figure gifts), and you align with the mission and values of Compassion Canada, we would love to connect with you!




Compassion Canada is a Christian organization, committed to being child-focused, Christ-centered, and church driven. As such, each employee of Compassion Canada shall:

Agree with Compassion Canada’s core documents, including a Statement of Faith;
Conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at work and outside the workplace;
Participate in regular staff gatherings which include spiritual practices like worship, Scripture reading, and prayer;
Pray with staff or supporters when requested or deemed appropriate.



As one of the world’s leading child development organizations, Compassion partners with the local church in 29 countries to end poverty in the lives of children and their families. Today, two million children are discovering lives full of promise and purpose as they develop in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies, and relationships.


If you could sum up our ministry in a phrase, it would be “holistic child development.” This might sound a bit dull, but this concept is key to Compassion’s ministry. It means we don’t simply respond to poverty by handing out food or Bibles. Instead, we seek to develop children in all the different aspects of their lives.


Through Compassion’s programs in partnership with local churches, children are ministered to in every aspect of their lives, receiving:

Age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship at a local church;
Formal and non-formal educational opportunities;
Health care, hygiene training, and supplementary food;
Personal attention, guidance, and love.


For a long time, the focus of helping others has been giving people things. But what Compassion has learned over the years is that things won’t change communities—people will.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, they begin to develop hope for their future, and they realize that God wants to use them to help others. And these children grow up to be givers and community leaders.


Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need.



You are an ideal candidate if you:

Model honesty, integrity, confidentiality, and leadership discretion.
Possess exceptional planning abilities, and organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Thrive as a team player, demonstrate the ability to coach, and are open to being coached.
Possess honed communication skills with the proven ability to inspire donors (current and potential) to join the cause while demonstrating shared purpose and mutual trust.
Have a keen understanding of the non-profit sector and Canada Revenue Agency fundraising rules and guidelines.
Are forward-thinking with the proven ability of envisioning and implementing innovative strategies, identifying opportunities, and developing comprehensive fundraising plans that align with the organization’s goals and objectives.
Exhibit the ability to inspire and empower the team, donors, and supporters by effectively communicating the organization’s vision, values, and impact; fostering a sense of purpose and commitment among stakeholders.
Are skilled at collaborating successfully with internal teams and external partners to leverage collective strengths and resources in support of fundraising initiatives.
Have a proven track record of soliciting and securing six and seven figure donations from individual donors, corporations, grants, and/or the like.
Have working knowledge of giving and donor trends within Canada, and an eagerness to find new and creative ways to expand Compassion’s donor base.
Demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects and successfully prioritize activities.
Have significant experience developing and leading a similar department, utilizing a range of donation efforts, campaigns, and methods.
Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Office365), and have experience with customer relationship management and database/reporting software.
Are willing and capable to travel frequently nationally, and internationally, on occasion.
Are fluent in English language.





Post-secondary education and/or professional designation in fundraising or other related field, or equivalent professional experience. CFRE certification is strongly preferred.
7+ years of proven experience leading a philanthropy team with experience in securing six and seven figure gifts, and annual team fundraising targets of $10 million+.
Existing relationships and a positive reputation in the not-for-profit fundraising sector is a strong asset.
Continuous learning credentials in area of expertise is an asset.
French language fluency is an asset.




Location: Remote in Canada

Application Deadline: July 10, 2024

Start Date: TBD

Salary Range: $105,000 – $115,000


APPLY online at with your cover letter and resume. You must be eligible to work in Canada.



Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive consulting firm that specializes in working with not-for-profits and for-profit businesses across Canada, assisting them in the placement of senior executives and directors.

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position. Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices, and will only make distinctions among interested applicants in accordance with the applicable Human Rights legislation.

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