Now Hiring – Silent Voice Director of Development

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Silent Voice

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Director of Development – Full-time position

Silent Voice is the only non-profit, charitable organization in the GTA that provides community- and family-based support to Deaf infants, children, youth and adults in American Sign Language (ASL). The Agency provides social-recreational programs in ASL for Deaf children and their hearing brothers and sisters, provides sports and leadership programming to Deaf youth, and teaches ASL to hearing family members. Silent Voice provides services to Deaf adults: one-to-one support, housing resource centre, free tax clinic, education programming, settlement services to newcomers, and special assistance and outreach services to disadvantaged Deaf adults living in the community.


Director of Development

  • responsible for the agency’s fundraising programs – proposals, direct mail, special events, monthly giving, and major gifts.
  • Responsible for developing prospects and generating financial support through cash and in-kind sponsorships from key individual donors, community, corporate, government, grassroots fundraising and online campaigns. This includes the development, implementation, management and evaluation of a comprehensive plan and approach to fundraising and new business development programs.

The primary duties required for this position include, but are not limited to:

    • Develop and implement a full range of fund development and communication strategies to meet fundraising goals
    • Create long-term strategic growth plans, as well as annual operational plans that set goals, objectives, targets and budgets for fundraising.
    • Create and execute a strategy to grow and sustain a base of annual individual, corporate and foundation donors
    • Conduct comprehensive research in order to identify and recommend potential funding prospects and opportunities
    • Develop and implement innovative and strategic communication and solicitation strategies to build donor loyalty, improve retention and increase the size of the supporter base.
    • Manage the various fundraising activities including by not limited to volunteer recruitment support to the fundraising committee of the board, budget development and management, project plan development, management and evaluation and solicitation of gifts in kind and sponsorship.
    • Ensure appropriate donor relations including acknowledgement letters and other correspondence, newsletters, special mailings, telephone and in-person contact
    • Develop fundraising materials including proposals, grant applications, presentation decks,
      reports, acknowledgements and donor reports
    • Enhance online fundraising and develop strategy for community and third party fundraising
    • Develop marketing and communication materials
    • Recommend, establish and implement donor recognition program
    • Build and sustain positive relationships with all sponsors and partners, donors, vendors and
      service providers
    • Ensure that the database used to record and acknowledge all gifts is accurate and up-to-date
      and that gifts are acknowledged in a timely manner.
    • Responsible for the management of the fundraising database and ensuring the timely

distribution of tax receipts.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

    • University or College graduate with concentration in business or related field
    • 5- 7 years of experience in fundraising. CFRE designation preferred and demonstrated
      quantified success in Fundraising
    • Demonstrated success in business development, prospecting, soliciting and closing
    • Excellent presentation and written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail
    • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy and interpersonal skills to liaise with internal and external
    • Solutions oriented with a customer service orientation and the ability to proactively identify
      and manage challenges
    • Strong organizational skills to determine work priorities and manage multiple projects
    • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and maintain positive working

relationships and work in a collaborative environment

  • High level of professionalism and drive, with an enthusiasm and passion for delivering results
  • Proven data management and analysis skills
  • Proficient in the Microsoft office suite, social media platforms, and expertise in using Donor
    Perfect is an asset
  • A valid driver’s license, use of personal car and willingness to travel are required
  • Knowledge of legislation surrounding charities and charitable giving
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) is an asset; willingness to learn ASL


Candidates are invited to indicate their interest in this position by sending a resume and cover
letter by January 29, 2018 to

We thank all applicants for their interest in Silent Voice. However, only candidates selected
for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Focus Group Participants Needed

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The Ministry of Community and Social Services would like to better understand how individuals who use Interpreter services are benefiting from these services and what we can do to improve services and supports for those who require them. We welcome you to participate in an upcoming focus group.

Please Click Here for ASL

When: October 26, 2017, from 5:30-7:30pm. A light meal and refreshments will be served.

Where: Toronto (exact location to be confirmed)

What you might be asked:

  1. On a regular day, what does an interpreter assist you with?
  2. What difference does having access to interpreter services make in your life?
  3. Think about a day when you did not have access to an interpreter. How did you feel? What activities were you unable to do or participate in?

RSVP: If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to or call 416-212-7231 by October 12, 2017, so that we can confirm the number of participants. Details of the location will be shared with confirmed participants.

ASL/LSQ interpretation will be provided and your transportation costs (i.e., public transit, taxi, mileage) will be reimbursed as well as other eligible expenses (e.g., parking, personal support worker if needed). In order to claim your transportation and eligible expenses, you are required to submit your receipts.

If you have any questions or if you are unable to participate, but would still like to share your thoughts, please email us at

Thank you.

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Silent Voice Marathon team has reached 78% of their fundraising goal!

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image001Dear all,

Our Silent Voice Marathon team has reached 78% of their fundraising goal!

The event is happening this Saturday. Our runners need your tremendous help to get to the goal!

Another $2525 is needed. We are reaching out to our generous supporters like you.

You can support any of our individual team members or the Silent Voice team itself. Here is the link to the donation page:

* You will see $5475 displayed in the Marathon page; It is because a confirmed pledge of $4,000 has not been displayed yet.

Would you please step up to see Silent Voice’ thermometer sails beyond 100%?

Every dollar you give will come back to support the programs that you deliver so earnestly every day. Every dollar you give will support Deaf children, youth, adults and their families who are among your clients at Silent Voice.

Thank you for helping us reach the goal.

Two young ambassadors win $5,000 for Silent Voice!

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Linda Abrahams and Jamaica Ocampo, two students from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, won the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) competition highlighting Silent Voice’ cause to support members of the Deaf community. In recognition of this winning presentation, YPI Foundation donated $5,000 to our organization.

Thank you Linda and Jamaica! You did a fantastic job in exuding passion and knowledge about Silent Voice. We are fortunate to have young, bright ambassadors like you with a high degree of compassion and social justice to support members of the Deaf community. The gift of $5,000 we received, because of your hard work and dedication, will go a long way in making a difference in the lives of our clients and their families. We couldn’t have been more proud to have been represented by you.