Job Posting 101700

Director, Philanthropy
London Community Foundation
London area
London, ON
closes in 4 days (Thu, 27 Jun)
full time  •  $110,000 - $135,000


London Community Foundation is seeking an engaging and strategic leader to join the team as Director, Philanthropy to take the charitable giving and donor services efforts of the organization to new heights. As an experienced and dynamic relationship builder, the Director will develop and implement strategies to engage more people in the work of the Foundation, growing the asset base, while ensuring a high level of service to existing donors.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director will manage a portfolio of current and prospective fundholders and donors, build relationships with allied professionals and seek out opportunities to represent LCF through speeches and presentations to service organizations, professional advisors, business groups and boards. Focused on growing support for the foundation, and with a track record of success in identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospective donors or clients, the Director will be experienced in engaging with a variety of audiences.

As a member of the leadership team and overseeing a small team of direct reports, the Director will be a results-oriented coach and mentor who brings deep knowledge of charitable giving in Canada and a genuine commitment to advancing the mission of London Community Foundation.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful impact on London Community Foundation’s mission and help shape its future while also advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the communities the Foundation serves.



Established in 1954 by J. Allyn Taylor, London Community Foundation is a public foundation where people and families establish charitable funds. The Foundation is dedicated to improving communities across London and Middlesex County through collaboration, strategic leadership, and innovative solutions to charitable giving. By investing gifts in perpetuity, the Foundation ensures the long-term vitality of our community.

Belonging to a network of over 200 Community Foundations across Canada, and over 1800 community foundations around the world, our movement works to make an impact – locally, nationally and globally.

What do we do?

When you establish a fund with London Community Foundation, your money is invested and held forever in an endowment. This means that your initial gift remains untouched, but the interest and investment returns generated by your gift are available year after year for you and your family to donate to organizations, projects, or initiatives of your choice.


In addition to assisting you with your philanthropy, our knowledgeable staff can provide advice on our community’s most pressing needs, keeping your interests at heart and helping you give back in a way that is meaningful for you. Our network of foundations and charities allows us to facilitate personalized giving, and our board and grants committee ensure funds entrusted to us are being granted strategically.


Our Mission

We create a vibrant, smart and caring community through strategic investing that drives innovative community-based initiatives.


Our Vision


A community working together to enrich the quality of life for all.



 ·       About London Community Foundation

·       Giving to LCF

·       Grants & Loans

·       Stories

·       LCF Boards & Committees

·       2023 Impact Report

·       2021-2023 Strategic Plan

·       2023 Financial Statement




  •  As a member of the Leadership Team, participate in the development and implementation of LCF's strategic plan.
  • Lead the creation and execution of the Philanthropy department operating plan, setting targets and KPI's tied to the strategic plan, and monitoring team activity and success.
  • Manage a portfolio of fundholders and donors, actively developing and carrying out granting and stewardship strategies while supporting them in growing their funds.
  • Identify and maintain a portfolio of key donor prospects, creating and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies, supporting the President & CEO in this work as required.
  • Lead a team of direct reports, coaching and mentoring, and motivating them to achieve goals.
  • Provide leadership and support to the Donor Development Committee, engaging their networks and applying their insights to advance the Foundation’s philanthropic goals.
  • Work collaboratively and closely across departments to leverage colleague’s expertise and advance philanthropic opportunities.
  • Foster a culture of teamwork and synergy across departments to maximize impact.
  • Identify and develop professional relationships with the leaders of allied professional groups (wealth management advisors, financial planners, insurance professionals, lawyers, accountants, etc.) sharing how the foundation can be a resource and expert in local philanthropy to them and their clients.
  • Provide leadership and act as a key contributor on planned giving at the Foundation, keeping abreast of the latest trends and techniques in the charitable sector.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to be involved in the community and represent London Community Foundation.
  • Prepare and deliver speeches and presentations to service organizations, business groups, charities and boards.
  • Contribute to key messaging and marketing efforts of the Foundation.


  • Model our values. Build trust by being reliable and authentic. Demonstrate a positive attitude and energy. Maintain confidentiality of personal and/or sensitive business information. Is dependable and reliable.

Client Focus

  • Provide quality service to both internal and external clients. Proactively seek to understand and strive to address client needs and/or issues. Seek feedback from clients to identify opportunities for enhanced service. Maintain integrity even in challenging situations.


  • Act proactively to address opportunities and challenges. Look for ways to improve work practices. Respectfully challenge the status quo and current practices to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Ensure that errors or unsuccessful initiatives are reviewed, and action is taken to avoid future challenges. Act as a change agent.


  • Actively collaborate with others to produce desired results. Actively engage and contribute to team meetings and discussions. Show respect for other team members by being open to and supportive of the thoughts, opinions, and contributions of others. Resolve conflicts effectively. Support and stand behind organizational and team decisions. Accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate manner.


  •  Progressive leadership in relationship management roles with some proven fundraising experience.
  • Exceptional ability to build relationships, with demonstrated results authentically connecting with a variety of diverse audiences with honesty, integrity and good judgment.
  • Proven ability to identify potential donors or clients, cultivate trusting relationships and solicit donations or new business.
  • Previous experience supporting volunteers or leaders to grow engagement or achieve financial targets, preferably in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and public speaking abilities.
  • Experience leading and supporting direct reports through coaching and mentoring, with the ability to motivate a team to achieve targets.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals, and expectations.
  • Excellent problem recognition, analysis, and resolution skills.
  • Strong decision-making skills with the ability to form independent judgments and to use good judgment in assessing difficult situations.
  • Passion for community, with knowledge of the London and Middlesex County philanthropic community desired.
  • Experience in gift planning, estate planning, tax or trust law considered an asset.
  • University or college graduate or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of London Community Foundation. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Jill Anderson, Senior Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by emailing


To view the full Position Brief, please visit:


The deadline for candidate submissions is June 27, 2024. Please email your resume and letter of interest to the email address above. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.


Equitable Employment Opportunity: London Community Foundation is dedicated to treating people fairly, with respect and dignity, and to offering equal employment opportunities based upon an individual's qualifications and performance — free from discrimination or harassment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applications are welcomed from a broad range of applicants.


Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require any accommodations during the recruitment process, please notify the Search Consultant. 


Please note that the hiring range for this position is $110,000 - $135,000 annually, plus benefits.


London Community Foundation is currently operating in a hybrid work environment with a combination of in-office and remote work. This role will also require regular local travel for meetings and events.

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