Philanthropy Assistant, Principal Gifts

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Administrative / Clerical Support
  • Fundraising / Giving
Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
Entry LevelN/A2019-08-122019-09-02

Philanthropy Assistant, Principal Gifts
full-time, permanent

What we do

At BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, we’re on a quest to ensure every kid in the province receives the best health care imaginable. As a fundraising organization, we inspire communities and people to support BC Children’s Hospital, along with its world-class research institute, mental health facility and rehabilitation centre. 


Our work makes a profound difference. From helping get the boldest research ideas off the ground to supporting the most advanced equipment, together we are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in children’s health care. This is no small task—which is why we’re looking for passionate people to join our team and help propel our mission forward.

What you’ll do

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) has an exciting opportunity for a detail oriented and proactive Philanthropy Assistant to join our Principal Gifts fundraising team! This is a fantastic role for an emerging fundraising professional who is interested in learning about major gift fundraising!


Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy this role would be responsible for:

  • Supporting the fundraising activities of the Director, Philanthropy by coordinating donor meetings, preparing briefing and debriefing notes, ensuring actions identified in meetings are followed up on, and creating/preparing materials for meetings
  • Preparing a variety of written correspondence (e.g, letters, emails, reports) for donors
  • Reviewing donor prospects lists and making recommendations on next steps and actions that could advance the donor relationship
  • Assisting in the coordination of personalized stewardship and recognition activities related to the Director’s portfolio, including developing recognition materials, coordinating impact reports, organizing donor meetings, and reviewing mailing lists;
  • Providing administrative support for the Director, Philanthropy including managing calendaring, scheduling appointments, ordering supplies, maintain department budget
  • Maintaining donor records in Raiser’s Edge database (RE); proactively inputting notes and actions into RE and ensuring information/actions are brought forward as needed


What you bring

You are a proactive self-starter and are eager to learn about major gift fundraising. You have a natural intuition for how to balance diverse and competing priorities and are excellent at keeping details organized. These traits are complemented by a diploma or certificate in a related discipline (e.g. business, marketing, fundraising, administration) and a minimum 2 years of relevant experience (or the equivalent combination of related skills and experience). Experience working for a not-for-profit or working as part of a philanthropy team is a definite asset.


In addition to the qualifications, our ideal candidate has:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Experience with database administration; Raiser’s Edge experience is an asset
  • Excellent communications skills with an ability to draft, proof, and edit a range of written materials
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion
  • Well developed time management and organization skills with an ability to efficiently manage a diverse range of assignments while meeting multiple deadlines
  • Strong team player with an ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously

Join us

We believe that anything is possible. And that permeates every action we take. As a team, we push ourselves to constantly aim higher in our work. We try new things and challenge the status quo. We respect each other and act from a place of compassion in everything we do.

While we take our work seriously, we’re also big on taking care of our team. We offer perks like a nine-day fortnight schedule and flexible hours, topnotch health and dental benefits, and a commitment to professional development.

We think it’s a pretty amazing place. Others agree—we’re proud to say that we’ve been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for ten years in a row.

Seem like the right place for you? Join us and help kids shine. Apply online at by September 2, 2019 at