Director of Philanthropy - Canada

02-20000-Fundraising · Chicago, Illinois
Department 02-20000-Fundraising
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Competitive & Localized to Market

Position:         Director of Philanthropy - Canada

Location:        Canada - Remote

Reporting to: Executive Director of Philanthropy


About Us

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, health services, and economic opportunity. A catalyst for change, World Bicycle Relief helps people in need realize their goals by providing a tool that will support them to access education, markets, health facilities and vital services they need to thrive. Equipped with a purpose-designedBuffalo Bicycle from World Bicycle Relief, students, health workers and entrepreneurs in low-income regions create opportunities for themselves, their families, and entire communities.

We are a mission-driven, global not-for-profit that manages a highly refined bicycle supply chain from design through final distribution. World Bicycle Relief uses an innovative business model to create sustainable bicycle ecosystems. Through WBR’s 501(c)3, we provide transport solutions to those who cannot afford them, and through Buffalo Bicycle Limited, we sell the rugged Buffalo Bicycle and spare parts. Buffalo Bicycle Limited also offers users repair and maintenance services via a retail network of shops and local mechanics. WBR has distributed over 635,000 fit-for-purpose bicycles and trained 2,500+ community-based mechanics. Girls with Buffalo Bicycles are 19% less likely to drop out of school; dairy farmers earn 23% more income, and health workers reach 88% more patients.  


Purpose of the Position

As Director of Philanthropy for Canada, you will be responsible for stewarding current Major Donors ($5k+ annually) and building key corporate partnerships to drive revenue, expand our supporter base, and help build WBR’s brand in the Canadian market. You will be a key member of our global fundraising team and will work with the Canadian Board of Directors, contributing to our long-term growth strategy. As the primary representative of WBR in Canada, you will play a critical role in informing donor stewardship and communication strategies across audiences and channels. 


  • Work closely with the Executive Director of Philanthropy (based in Chicago) and fundraising/marketing team members to develop fundraising strategy focused on high-net-worth-individuals and corporates that contributes to our global fundraising goals.
  • Manage portfolio of current major donors and corporates with tailored stewardship plans that drive retention and upgrades.
  • Lead acquisition of new major donors and corporate partners in Canada through donor referrals, prospect research, and managing our annual signature ride in Toronto. 
  • Develop innovative partnerships with corporations, foundations, affinity groups and other organizations that can grow our supporter base and build our brand in the Canadian market.
  • Become an expert on WBR programs and share the impact of our work with donors in authentic and compelling ways. 
  • Rely on metrics and donor data to track performance, giving trends, identify new opportunities for revenue and drive efficiencies.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years of fundraising experience, preferably with major donors and/or institutions.
  • Proven track record for closing gifts and reaching revenue targets. 
  • Outstanding communication and relationship building skills geared toward sophisticated donor audiences.
  • Insights and expertise on the philanthropic landscape in Canada.
  • Knowledge of international development issues, particularly in Africa and South America. 
  • Solid experience with and disciplined approach to donor databases, preferably Salesforce.


Preferred Remote Work Location


  • Canada - Greater Toronto Area


WBR is a registered not-for profit in the USA (501c3), Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. We have supported programs in 20 countries, and have country offices, staff, and assembly facilities in Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. WBR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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    Chicago, Illinois
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  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Competitive & Localized to Market