Director of Donor Relations

Established in 1998, Hope Story serves vulnerable children around the world by empowering local communities to provide basic care, education, and community outreach that strengthens families and transforms lives. Hope Story stands at a pivotal moment in our history. Two years ago, we revamped our mission to work with and through local church partnerships. Since then, we have grown by 50 percent, expanding our work to new countries around the world. 

We are seeking a Director of Donor Relations to lead Hope Story's fundraising efforts, creating and implementing a strategic approach to donor care and development. Based in Cambridge, Ontario, this is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

Primary Responsibilities

  • Enact a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of Hope Story. Prioritize and cultivate church, corporate, foundation, and individual relationships.
  • Evaluate the effect of internal and external forces on the organization and its fund development, recommend short- and long-term fund development plans and programs that support the values, mission and general objectives of Hope Story.
  • Lead the development of a “major donor” program – researching and coordinating the “as” both personally and by assigning various board or staff to each connect with donors/potential donors as appropriate.
  • Monitor foundation outreach/grant writing in collaboration with relevant contractors. Lead relationship building, follow-up and reporting.
  • Maintain and improve donor communications (correspondence, phone calls, in-person meetings). Ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement of donations.
  • Seek out speaking opportunities at churches, conferences, etc. to promote Hope Story to new and existing communities
  • Oversee the execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization.
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to grow email and mailing lists.
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure fundraising goals are being achieved.
  • Recruit and engage volunteers – “project champions” - for particular projects.
  • Support Communications Director in development of a comprehensive communication plan to promote Hope Story to current and prospective donors. Support development of marketing and communication materials for development efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Proven track record in fundraising and donor relations
  • Experience planning and executing fundraising events
  • Knowledge of CRA/charity law an asset



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