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Director of Philanthropy - Dalit Freedom Network Canada

Surrey, BC

Job Description

Director of Philanthropy – Dalit Freedom Network Canada

An executive search facilitated by Nelson/Kraft and Associates.

Our Story

Dalit Freedom Network Canada (DFN) is part of a global network supporting the request of community leaders to educate their children.  We are committed to the poor and the marginalized of India, especially in the rural villages. We believe that education opens the door to restoring dignity and freedom — economically, socially, and spiritually.

Good Shepherd Schools began educating poor and marginalized children and supporting the wider communities across India at the request of community leaders.  Through our schools, Indian teachers instruct students K – 10. Through a Biblical lens, children are taught dignity, respect, and every child comes to know that they were created by a God who loves them.

DFN Canada has established 20 schools and provided scholarships to over 4,500 children.

For more information, visit our website at

Our Purpose

We are a Canadian organization joining hands with a network of concerned international people who are committed to the oppressed and marginalized of India.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring hope and empower marginalized people by providing access to quality education.

  • We believe everyone should have a chance at a bright future, regardless of social standing.
  • The cycle of poverty and oppression can be broken. We are committed to helping the poor realize  their human worth, dignity and gain self-reliance.
  • Community transformation begins with a school.

Our Values

  • We are a Christian organization, founded on the Bible.
  • We value equality and dignity of all people.
  • We are a ministry of compassion and hope.
  • We believe in partnerships with like-minded people.
  • We believe in accountability, transparency and the stewardship of funds entrusted to us.

Executive Summary

This new position in our organization will provide a powerful platform for you to build a comprehensive and innovative philanthropy program based on your experience and best practices. As Director of Philanthropy, you will be passionate about providing justice for the poor and marginalized people of India. You will be a seasoned fundraising professional, with a track record of building quality relationships that contribute to the acquisition of significant gifts.

As Director, you will raise awareness of the poor and marginalized people of India and present the needs of the organization to foundations, corporations, and individuals. You will speak in various public settings including churches, and build relationships with existing donors, while pursuing new major donations through individuals or corporate fundraising initiatives. You will develop communications with a narrative on a philanthropy approach. You will establish best practices as you strengthen our donor database and begin building a national development team.


    • Design, develop, and deploy a comprehensive Fundraising Strategy, working closely with the Executive Director to establish and implement annual financial goals and plans related to the priority programs of the organization.
    • Grow a philanthropic program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of new donors, stakeholders, and partnerships.
    • Explore new funding sources, oversee fund-raising initiatives, and submit proposals to meet annual budgets and fund future projects.
    • Implement, track, and follow up on annual, sponsorships, planned-giving, other giving campaigns, and other department initiatives.
    • Coordinate monthly reporting and financial recording with the Finance Department for board reports and audits.
    • Research and write grants; provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required with grant awards.
    • Demonstrate professional conduct and be committed in public settings to tell the story of the poor and marginalized of India in acquiring new individual and corporate donors.
    • Coordinate database use and management for donor records and acknowledgments.
    • Keep a master calendar for development work and manage adherence to its tasks and timelines.
    • Identify and apply innovative technologies that will assist in DFN’s development and communication efforts.
    • Travel within Canada and occasionally internationally is required.

    Job Requirements


    • Passion to champion Dalit Freedom Network’s vision and mission.
    • 5 + years fundraising experience with demonstrated success in major donor recruitment and retention, corporate and foundation relationship building, successful donor campaigns, events, strategic planning, and fundraising program development.
    • Post-secondary degree, preferably in international development, and relevant professional training in fundraising.
    • An engaging, lively personality that values working in a collaborative, creative team.
    • Excellence in relational, verbal, written, and media communication skills.
    • Proven ability to network and build relationships that generate significant donor support and loyalty.
    • Comfortable presenting in churches, boardrooms, and other one-on-one interactions with a diverse mix of donors.
    • Well-developed analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
    • Relevant computer software and donor database experience.
    • A mature Christian faith as evidenced by the Apostles’ Creed.

    How To Apply

    LOCATION: Surrey, BC


    Please note, qualified candidates for this search must be a Canadian resident at the time of application.


    Please forward your resume and cover letter to Mark Kraft and Larry Nelson at

    To view a complete Opportunity Profile, please visit our LinkedIn page:


    Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management and fundraising personnel in the charitable sector.  We work with a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations through the connection of colleagues in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

    Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.