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Careers Director of Philanthropy, Manitoba-Saskatchewan


Opportunity International was founded in 1971. We are in the business of creating opportunity both for people to work their way out of poverty and those who are passionate about making that happen. These opportunities unlock new possibilities for our clients that they could never before imagine. It is the chance to dream, to grow. It is the chance to provide for their families, send their children to school, create lasting change for themselves and their communities. With opportunities like these, the possibilities are endless. Our microfinance model revolves around the concept of loans repaid, not hand-outs, and is one of the few remedies for poverty that can be self-sustaining. Bono said it best —

"Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Give a woman microcredit, she, her husband, her children and her extended family will eat for a lifetime."Bono

 Some of our 2018 global impact highlights include:

  • 11 million current microentrepreneurs in 21 countries
  • $2.55 billion loaned
  • 97% loan repayment rate
  • $370 average first-time loan
  • 85% of clients are women
  • 2/3 of new clients live on less than $2.50 per day
  • 2.87 million children have been impacted by Education Finance since 2008
  • 1.8 million children are currently being served through Education Finance
  • 3.7 million clients registered for digital banking

Mission | Vision | Motivation | Values | Methods

Opportunity International Canada was founded in 1998, and is one of five Support Members including, Opportunity International Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States providing funding for global projects. Our revenue comes from Canadian individual and institutional donors, private foundations, charities and technical grants. Significant increased capacity to serve more of the entrepreneurial poor has been realized by Opportunity Canada over the years.  Read about some encouraging statistics in our 2017 Annual Report.

At Opportunity International Canada, we believe that,

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.” Nelson Mandela

That right for those living in extreme chronic poverty continues to be at the forefront of everything Opportunity International is working toward. Between 1990 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty was cut in half. Today, less than 10% of the global population lives in extreme poverty – down from 35% in 1990. Opportunity International is not slowing down – we are moving forward within the global community to help move the needle from 10% to zero. For the first time, we’re in shouting distance of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime. Will you consider joining the team at Opportunity International Canada to help make this a reality?


Opportunity International Canada is seeking a qualified and energetic professional to initiate and cultivate relationships with new and existing supporters in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This position has the unique ability to become one of Canada’s premier development directors and to work with a high-performing team to expand the reach of one of the most innovative charities in Canada. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of building genuine relationships with high net worth individuals and converting those relationships into tangible financial support. This senior level position is responsible for leading all aspects of philanthropy including major giving, donor relations, and events. Responsibilities include executing a plan, and administration and management of philanthropy programs in the private sector that includes individuals, corporations, community groups and foundations.


Donor Relationship Management

    1. Build and manage a diverse portfolio of donors and prospects through referrals, events, personal engagement and proposals
    2. Solicit gifts from individuals, foundations, and companies
    3. Nurture donors to deeper levels of engagement with Opportunity International Canada, including multi-year corporate or personal pledges

Strategic Philanthropy

    1. Develop and implement strategies for cultivating new donors and for strategic relationship management
    2. Prepare annual planning, goal-setting and evaluation in all areas of philanthropy
    3. Participate in organization-wide strategic planning and maintain long-range fundraising plan

Volunteer Management

    1. Work effectively and cooperatively with volunteers
    2. Provide orientation of volunteers about the mission of Opportunity International Canada, its donors, clients and services
    3. Train volunteers on their roles and responsibilities
    4. Plan and implement formal and informal volunteer recognition activities

Event Management

    1. Plan and deploy events to raise funds and inspire donors and prospects, including luncheons and dinners, home meetings and Insight Trips
    2. Assist with annual fall programs and third-party events as they arise

Budget Management

    1. Forecast and oversee fund-raising revenue and expense budget


  • Demonstrated passion for serving the poor
  • Positive contributor to the organization’s core Christian values, mission, and culture of caring
  • Fearless senior leader with demonstrated success in raising funds in major giving and capital campaigns in a non-profit environment
  • Demonstrated ability to raise significant funds through a personal portfolio
  • Courageous developer of relationships with a proven track record of attracting and developing new philanthropic relationships that result in partnership
  • Proven track record of building new philanthropic relationships to a successful giving
  • Ability to develop existing relationships to greater levels of engagement and support
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations to individuals and groups
  • Strategic planner with the ability to execute and deliver a plan with measurable outcomes
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and determine priorities
  • Strong familiarity with faith-based ministries, programs and operations
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field, or equivalent marketplace experience
  • Extensive travel commitment, including a minimum of one international trip annually
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Raiser’s Edge


  • The Director of Philanthropy Manitoba-Saskatchewan role is full time and works in a virtual environment.
  • The candidate must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends as required, hold a valid driver’s license, and provide a criminal record check.
  • Opportunity International Canada offers a competitive salary package that includes medical, dental and retirement benefits.
  • This position reports to the Vice President, Philanthropy and is provided with admin support. 

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter to Opportunity International Canada at




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