Vice President, Philanthropy @ The Royal Ottawa Foundation

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Your efforts can directly contribute to the Foundation's aspiration and drive lasting change in the improvement of mental health care and treatment through philanthropy.

Rare Opportunity

This is an incredible opportunity to build off the successes of the Foundation while having the platform to implement innovative practices to ensure continuous improvement.

Influencial Role

This influential role offers a unique opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of individuals impacted by mental and substance use health challenges.

Vice President, Philanthropy @ The Royal Ottawa Foundation

Company: The Royal Ottawa Foundation

Position: Vice President, Philanthropy

Location: Ottawa

The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and generating awareness to support The Royal, one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching, and research hospitals. In Canada, one in four individuals are experiencing a mental illness or substance use disorder right now. Recognizing the significance of this statistic, the Royal Ottawa Foundation contributes funding to The Royal, to support the highest quality of care and research achievable.

By collaborating with generous donors and fostering a strong sense of community, they play a pivotal role in improving the lives of those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders, while reducing the stigma associated with it. The Foundation is dedicated to inspiring philanthropy that will improve the lives of people impacted by mental and substance use health issues.

Skills & Experience


You are passionate about the cause, community, and impact the Foundation has toward mental health research and care.


Your proven expertise in team leadership is evident through your ability to inspire and guide team members effectively.


As a seasoned fundraiser, you bring a wealth of expertise in major gift fundraising, consistently delivering impressive results in securing significant contributions from donors.


Your extensive fundraising background, ideally within multifaceted settings such as hospitals or educational institutions, underscores your ability to thrive in complex environments and drive outcomes.


With an entrepreneurial spirit, you are a leader who continuously explores new avenues for innovation in order to push boundaries and drive positive change.

Relationship Builder

As a strong relationship builder, you have a proven track record in building and nurturing relationships to support fundraising efforts and raise awareness.

Summary of the Role

Reporting to the President of the Foundation, the Vice President, Philanthropy (“VP”) will play a pivotal role in advancing the Foundation’s mission and objectives. As the VP, you will be a vital leader within the Foundation team who will actively engage in fundraising efforts, set the pace and exemplify best practices for the Philanthropy team. You will uphold a commitment to championing the Foundation’s purpose, foster a sense of community, raise mental health awareness, and inspire philanthropic support, ultimately profoundly impacting The Royal and individuals affected by mental illness and substance use disorders.

You will orchestrate comprehensive fundraising strategies to inspire philanthropic support and ensure an exceptional experience for donors and stakeholders. You will oversee and actively engage in fundraising efforts focused on major giving, leadership giving, planned giving and annual giving. You will ensure the cultivation and stewardship of relationships with diverse donor communities. Through the creation and implementation of engaging fundraising appeals and strategies, you will drive growth and support for the Foundation’s vital work.

As a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team, you will actively participate in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic and operating plans. In close partnership with the President, you will lead the curation, understanding, and establishment of philanthropic fundraising priorities for the hospital and research institute and will collaborate closely with your peers at the executive leadership table to ensure these priorities align with the overall strategic plan and campaign goals.

Stakeholder engagement will be a focal part of your role. It will be a critical responsibility for you to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, prospects, volunteers, vendors and board members who will contribute to the Foundation’s mission and enhance its reputation. You will lead the recruitment, engagement and performance of the Campaign Cabinet in addition to other volunteer fundraising committees to enable the advancement of the Foundation’s philanthropic priorities. In this role, you will collaborate cross-functionally with other internal departments within the Foundation, hospital and research institute to ensure the effective coordination of fundraising priorities and that the progress toward fundraising goals is being transparently conveyed.

As a growth-oriented leader, you will champion innovation and collaboration to enable continuous improvement and high performance. You will lead by example, not by title, and will establish a climate of excellence within the team, setting high standards and fostering a commitment to achieving exceptional results. You will be dedicated to instilling a culture of philanthropy within the organization, inspiring the team to make a meaningful impact through their work. By championing a shared commitment to The Royal’s mission, you will cultivate a sense of purpose and benevolence.

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