National Philanthropy Manager

About Kids Kicking Cancer Canada

Kids Kicking Cancer Canada (KKCC) is part of a global movement with programs offered in 90 facilities in 7 countries. Our collective goal is to lower the pain of one million children by 2025. Through an evidence-based innovative program that merges modern integrative medicine with traditional martial arts, Kids Kicking Cancer’s Heroes Circle program addresses the overwhelming needs of children with all types of illnesses. Specially trained black belt martial artists teach breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques, in addition to traditional martial arts moves, to help empower the children and provide them with a sense of power, peace, and purpose. As an emerging national organization, KKCC is looking to hire our first National Philanthropy Manager to help build and lead our philanthropic efforts to empower children throughout Canada. 

Who We Are Looking For

KKCC is searching across Canada for an experienced philanthropy professional. The National Philanthropy Manager will be responsible, with the National Board of Directors and National Executive Director, for building a culture of philanthropy within the organization and managing ongoing philanthropic activities. Working with volunteers, staff colleagues, current and prospective donors, corporate partners and Heroes Circle families, the successful candidate will build strong relationships with stakeholders across the organization to grow philanthropic revenue. In addition, the National Philanthropy Manager will identify new opportunities that align with the goals of the new Strategic Plan.  One of the first tasks will be to create and implement a Strategic Philanthropy Plan that will include sound fundraising, stewardship and communications strategies. The plan will also contain a framework that identifies success metrics and key milestones that coordinate with the goals of the Strategic Plan. 

Professional Responsibilities

- Leads the development and implementation of KKCC’s first Strategic Philanthropy Plan. 
- Within the Strategic Philanthropy Plan, create an Integrated Philanthropy Model and Case(s) for Support.
- Monitors, measures, evaluates and is held accountable for the implementation of the Strategic Philanthropy Plan.  
- Develops and executes a comprehensive donor stewardship plan.  
- Manages all aspects of the philanthropic portfolio including the solicitation and closing of gifts at all levels. 
- Works collaboratively with Kids Kicking Cancer Global on philanthropy strategies and identification of potential opportunities.
- Supports sponsorship for KKCC fundraising events.
- Engages and networks with KKCC community stakeholders and acts as a point person for all Heroes Circle family and third-party fundraising.
- Conducts prospect research on grants KKCC may qualify to receive from government, family, community and corporate foundations and complete the funding requests and resulting reporting and implementation of approved funding.
- Supports the National Executive Director with the implementation of key philanthropic activities within the Strategic Plan.
- Trains and supports philanthropic efforts of volunteers and staff.
- Manages all administrative aspects of the portfolio.

Essential Qualifications

- A proficient planner with the ability to create and execute a plan.
- A positive, enthusiastic “get it done” attitude while building effective and collaborative professional relationships with volunteers, staff colleagues and stakeholders.
- Three to five years’ experience in philanthropy with success over a broad range of philanthropic programs.
- Proven successful track record of results (gifts closed and annual funds raised).
- Experience motivating volunteers and staff.
- Proficiency with a relationship management database.
- Ability to provide metrics and statistical analysis of donor and philanthropic activities.
- Acknowledges the importance of the contribution of others; sharing and celebrating success.
- Functions effectively in a work-from-home environment.

Reports to the National Executive Director.


As a national organization, we are open to candidates from across Canada. 


The application deadline is Monday, August 16, 2021. Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to

KKCC is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that reflects the diversity of the community we serve and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. KKCC is also committed to developing an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment. Please advise if you require any accommodation measures to ensure you will be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation requests will be treated with confidentiality.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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