Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.


January 25, 2018

Job Title:

Manager, Foundation Relations (ON)


Permanent, Full-Time


Toronto, Ottawa, London, Sudbury or Barrie



The Manager, Foundation Relations is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding corporate, public and private foundations as well as selected provincial government agencies for Ontario.


Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy, the Manager will be actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships within the foundations sector.


Covering a broad range of duties, the position provides the expertise to advance the organization’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on foundation guidelines and interests, and by maintaining strong communication ties with donors and prospects.



Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

The position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities, within the framework of an Ontario-wide philanthropy strategy;

  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing foundation relationships. Provide input on fiscal year budget and projections, ensuring revenue targets are achieved and expenses are in line with approved limits.

  • Develop and write highly competitive proposals for foundation prospects and leverage diverse foundation goals and preferences in conjunction with organization’s goals.

  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of contacts with foundation representatives, creating moves management plans related to them, and creating compelling presentations and comprehensive fundraising proposals.

  • Monitor foundation proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals, and manage proposal submissions. Create stewardship plan that assists with effective recognition and reporting to all donors.

  • Maintain high quality stewardship process for active foundation prospects and donors. Ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by maintaining detailed records of solicitation activities.

  • Ensure that Program Managers, Finance and Customer Operations staff are all clear on status of designated gifts and timing for receipt of funds pledged by foundations.

  • Ensure appropriate administration of donor information in the donor database and supply reports and analyses to the Senior Director.

  • In conjunction with Director, participates in management meetings to qualify, coordinate and prioritize cultivation strategies for donors and prospective donors.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in non-profit management, programming and philanthropy.

  • Manage special projects as required.


Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):


  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the areas of Corporate Foundation and
    Public Foundation fundraising techniques required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations.

  • Strong and proven grant writing skills

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals are essential.

  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective foundation donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.

  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications as well as other software applications such as CRM (familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software a plus)

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Resourceful, results-oriented with a positive, "can do" attitude


    Experience and Education:

  • Post-secondary education in marketing, communications, public relations or related program

  • Minimum 5-7 years demonstrated successful corporate and/or foundation fundraising experience

  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing at appropriate levels for varied proposal development.

  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations, foundations.

  • CFRE certification preferred

Work Environment:

  • Willingness to work flexible hours

  • Willingness to travel

  • Willingness to be a passionate advocate for CNIB and those we serve.



Closing Date for Applications:  February 9, 2018

Please Send the Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.