Current Opportunities


Position Summary:
The Manager, Major Gifts will serve as a key member of Variety BC’s Development Team and will be responsible for building a major gift program & growing revenue.

In this position reporting to the Director of Development, you have a strong background in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual prospects and donors. You have a proven track record of securing gifts at the $10K+ level. You excel at growing revenue from existing and new donors.

To be successful in this role you will be a skilled and experienced fundraiser, a relationship builder with exceptional communication skills both written and verbal and have a proactive approach to sustain and grow revenue. Ideally, you have campaign experience.


  • Works with the Director of Development to set goals for the major giving program
  • Prepares the strategic plan for the program
  • Develops, cultivates, and stewards a portfolio of individuals and conducts cultivation visits, solicitation calls and stewardship activities
  • Asks and confirms philanthropic gifts of $10,000+
  • Plays a key role in working with the Director of Philanthropy Services & Manager of Donor Relations to identify major donor prospects
  • Provides strategic input into cases for support and other campaign materials
  • Meets face-to-face with donors to keep them updated on Variety’s initiatives
  • Builds mutually beneficial relationships with Variety’s donors
  • Develops tailored proposals & stewardship reports for individuals
  • Coordinates the logistics of major gift cultivation events
  • Identifies major gift donors to attend Variety’s signature fundraising events who are committed to making a donation at the event.

Education & Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably combined with a Certified Fund Raising Executive
    (CFRE) designation
  • Minimum of five years of major gift fundraising experience
  • Exceptional strengths in major gift solicitation and demonstrated success in closing gifts
  • Ability to build strong relationships with prospective and current donors, as well as senior leadership team members
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including proficiency in public speaking and presentations
  • Solid working knowledge of database programs, in particular, Raiser’s Edge & computer programs such as MS Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task, organize, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Self-starter & extremely motivated to succeed

Internal Relationships:
Daily interaction with the Development Team, Event Team, Marketing Team and all staff.

External Relationships:
Maintain and build positive relationships with donors, committee members, sponsors, third-party fundraising event organizers, non-profit organizations, service clubs, corporate partners & community leaders. All contact will be executed in a professional manner which will optimize Variety’s appeal, presence, fundraising ability and donor retention in BC.

To apply, click here.


Position Summary:
The Development Coordinator will serve as a key member of the Development Team and will report into the Events Manager.  He / she will coordinate many of Variety’s signature annual events including Variety Week, Gold Heart Gala, One Night Gala, Mobility Day, Radiothons and Vintage Market.  This individual will support the Events Manager in growing event revenue, including community-level sponsorships.


    • Coordinate and execute Variety’s signature events
    • Help manage event auctions including solicitation, event-day organization and post-event stewardship
    • Apply for community-level sponsorship for events
    • Ensure accurate tracking of event-day logistics, post-event reporting and stewardship
    • Recruit, train, support and ensure appropriate recognition for event volunteers
    • Liaise with vendors, suppliers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers as needed
    • Support volunteer event committees
    • Work collaboratively with the Marketing team to prepare event marketing material

Education & Qualifications:

      • Bachelor’s Degree required and a diploma in Event Management preferred
      • Minimum of 2-3 years of event and / or fundraising experience
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write sponsorship applications and stewardship reports
      • Excellent attention to detail
      • Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects
      • A resourceful self-starter who exhibits strong leadership skills
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
      • Experience using Raiser’s Edge is an asset
      • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
      • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License
      • Must be able to travel within BC for events
      • Flexible schedule as travel, evening and weekend work will be required

Internal Relationships:
Daily interaction with the Director of Development, Events Manager, Manager of Donor Relations and Manager of Fund Development

External Relationships:
Maintain and build positive relationships with donors, sponsors, third-party fundraising event organizers, committees, service clubs, corporate partners and community leaders

To apply, click here.

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at and the Government of Canada’s website at

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC