Fundraising Manager

Position Type

Full-time, primarily Monday – Friday during daytime hours (some evening or weekend work may be required)

Reports To

Executive Director


The Fundraising Manager, reporting directly to the Executive Director, is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of all of The Lighthouse’s communications, public relations, and fund development activities. This position provides leadership on all fundraising initiatives including special events, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, donor cultivation, grant writing, and volunteer development. The Fundraising Manager will identify, organize, and manage the fundraising activities of the affiliate with a focus on new opportunities to obtain ongoing and increased support from corporations, public and private organizations, faith communities, and individuals.

The Fundraising Manager will oversee the fund development and communications portfolio and will be assisted in the accomplishment of departmental goals by an Administrative Assistant. The Fundraising Manager also oversees the Volunteer/Program Coordinator position.

Core Competencies

  • Leadership
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Motivation and Drive
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Collaboration and Network Building
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Research and Analysis
  • Analytical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Ethical Conduct and Professionalism

Job Duties

1. Planning

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual fund development plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including: individuals, faith groups, organizations, corporations, etc. to be approved by the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Develop short- and long-term plans and budgets for the marketing, communications, public relations program and its activities; monitor progress, assure adherence, and evaluate performance
  • Provide monthly reports to the ED and the Board which measure progress towards achieving the plan.
  • Broaden The Lighthouse’s fundraising by developing approaches such as planned giving, solicitation of bequests, and endowment programs
  • Keep informed of developments in the fields of marketing, communications and public relations, not-for-profit management and governance, and advance the cause of ending homelessness in Saskatoon and use this information to help The Lighthouse operate with initiative and innovation

2. Grant Requests and Administration

  • Coordinate all grant writing and funding requests for The Lighthouse
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation

3. Gifts Cultivation

  • Create and implement strategies for donor development and cultivation which will provide a diverse and sustainable funding base for The Lighthouse
  • Create and implement major gifts program, planned giving program, and volunteer giving program
  • Identify and pursue new sources of corporation and foundation funding
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors of all types, develop strategies for solicitation, and solicit or coordinate donation solicitation by other staff, board, or volunteers, as appropriate
  • Create and update collateral materials to support gift cultivation
  • Develop and implement all aspects of direct donor mailings, appeal letters, and other donor mailings as needed
  • Ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate
  • Ensure gifts and donations are acknowledged

4. Events

  • Manage or oversee all Lighthouse events
  • Promote events to the business community as a way to support The Lighthouse and provide support to groups that want to host an event
  • Work with appropriate staff and volunteers to ensure that all aspects of a successful event are coordinated towards a common goal
  • Develop and solicit sponsors for programs and events as needed
  • Coordinate special publicity events and promotions; develop and organize workshops, meetings, ceremonies, and other events for publicity, fundraising and information purposes

5. Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications

  • Write press releases and media alerts
  • Develop and maintain media contacts with area media outlets
  • Act as The Lighthouse’s representative with the media or coordinate senior staff’s response to media requests
  • Oversee and direct all media relations, social media communication, media production and general branding of The Lighthouse and all its programs
  • Create marketing materials for The Lighthouse
  • Build and sustain working relationships and communication with community associations; housing advocates and coalitions; business leaders; grant funders; faith based organizations and churches; school administrators, schools, universities; and other institutions
  • Ensure articulation of The Lighthouse’s desired image and position; assure consistent communication of image and position throughout The Lighthouse, and assure communication of image and position to all constituencies, both internal and external
  • Oversees editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all Lighthouse publications
  • Job responsibilities may be adjusted as the needs arise and other duties may be assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations or related field
  • Two to five years of experience in marketing, fundraising, communications or public relations with demonstrated success, preferably in the not-for-profit sector
  • Advanced computer skills and expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of GiftWorks (donor database) or willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and public relations activities
  • Strong create, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal sales skills
  • Demonstrated successful experience writing press releases, making presentations and working with media
  • Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications
  • Experience with social media including Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the principles and views of The Lighthouse
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – self-motivated and confident
  • Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience
  • Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
  • Experience working with volunteers is an asset

Work Conditions

  • Primarily day-time hours; some weekend and evening work may be required. Longer hours may be required leading up to event
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Travel may be required
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting.
  • Interacts with residents, staff, and volunteers, as well as government/community agencies and personnel


Please forward resume & cover letter to Raeleen Viklund, Human Resource Manager, by Friday, October 5th, via email to, fax to 306-665-7770, or drop off at the front desk (304 2nd Ave S). No phone calls, please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.