Specialist, Philanthropic Research

Development Work from any WWF-Canada office
Posted 4 weeks ago


WWF-Canada is seeking an experienced and highly strategic Specialist, Philanthropic Research to join our major gifts fundraising efforts. The successful candidate will work closely with a mission-focused team of internal stakeholders and conservation partners to support donor engagement activities. The role will work in close collaboration with the Director and the Development team at large to understand their needs and lead in the identification of prospects, more deeply understand who our donors are, and provide recommendations to meet WWF’s funding needs. This role holds the responsibility of preparing comprehensive assessments of new funding opportunities for WWF —individuals, corporations, foundations, and government—based on publicly available information, internal WWF intelligence and the prioritization of prospects for assignment to the Development team to support our 10-year Regenerate Canada campaign.

This position is ideal for a passionate individual who thrives in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment, contributing to WWF’s mission in Canada and the global WWF network.

Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission and one common set of values: 

  • Courage to work for change where it’s needed and to inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.  
  • Integrity to live the principles we call on others to meet and to rely on traditional science and Indigenous knowledge to guide us.  
  • Respect to honour the voices and knowledge of the communities that we serve. 
  • Collaboration to deliver impact through collective action and innovation.  


  • Lead in the identification and qualification of new prospects to support the major gifts program.
  • Develop and maintain a system to prioritize prospects for cultivation.
  • Monitor, identify and report on government funding opportunities, providing strategic analysis on areas of particular interest for WWF.
  • Manage and prioritize all research requests from the Development team.
  • Produce comprehensive reports on current and/or new funders and prospects which provide analysis on giving capacity, philanthropic interests, and inclination to give.
  • Outline possible cultivation strategies and make recommendations to help move qualified donors/prospects through the donor cycle.
  • Identify efficiencies in Raiser’s Edge (or equivalent) and maintain constituent records.
  • Provide prospect management, research, and Raiser’s Edge support to Development team.
  • Monitor media and other sources for major gift prospect information.
  • Assist with the evaluation of research resources.


  • Post-secondary education with university level preferred. Certificate or training in development, charitable or fundraising related field is an asset.
  • 3-4 years’ experience relevant experience at a major not-for-profit
  • Previous fundraising experience and/or a background in a non-profit or conservation institution preferred.
  • Alignment with WWF-Canada’s set of values.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent understanding of research resources including biographical and career resources, corporate resources, securities/stock information, private company valuation, real estate records, foundation databases, news sources and social media platforms.
  • Tact in handling sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion; follow and promote APRA’s ethical guidelines for the collection and use of information.
  • Proficient in the use of standard office applications, enterprise-level information systems, and constituent relationship management software (e.g. Word, Excel, Blackbaud).
  • Proficiency in advanced research methodologies such as data analytics, predictive-modelling, segmentation and network-mapping.
  • Knowledge of new trends in prospect research and prospect management.
  • Demonstrated capacity to create and maintain tools that accurately reflect, monitor, and interpret the activity of the prospect pool.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines
  • Proficient communication and presentation skills, to communicate complex information in a clear and succinct manner.

Other Information

Deadline to Apply

You can submit your cover letter and resume by clicking the “APPLY” button.
Please ensure that you application is received on or before December 6, 2022, 5 pm EST.

Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

Our vision is a Canada with abundant wildlife where nature and people thrive and we value and rely on diversity of thought, knowledge, expertise, and lived experience to help bring our vision to life.  

We recognize that experience comes in many forms and skills are transferable. If you feel that your unique experiences can enhance our vision, we encourage you to apply – even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements.  

We encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.  

We are committed to a barrier-free and equitable recruitment & selection process. If you are contacted in relation an opportunity to join our team and require an accommodation at any point in the process, please advise the recruiter of your specific needs. We commit to managing these requests in a confidential manner.