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Legacy Gifts Officer

Company: Amnesty International Canada
Date Posted: June 8, 2016

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of 7 million ordinary people in more than 150 countries who come together to achieve extraordinary results in defending and promting human rights.  We get discriminatory laws changed and prisoners of conscience released.  We've helped stop torture, commute death sentences and worked to end violence against women.  We stand alongside Indigenous Peoples demanding that their rights be respected.

Amnesty International Canada is recruiting a Legacy Gifts Officer (LGO) to join the Fundraising Team.  The primary focus of the post is raising funds for the Branch through planned gifts from individual donors, including gifts through bequests, life insurance and stock transfers.  The Legacy Gifts Officer raises funds over the long-term by cultivating and confirming future funds for the Branch through such gifts.  The LGO works closely with the Manager of Major Gifts and Legacies, the other members of the Legacies team, consultants, senior volunteers and fundraising staff to identify, cultivate, confirm and steward legacy gifts.

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Confirmation of Legacy Gifts (30%) - Identification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospective legacy donors, relationship management through face to face visits and phone calls, and pursues a moves management strategy for the purpose of soliciting and confirming legacy gifts.
  • Donor Stewardship of Legacy Donors (30%) - Maintains a portfolio of confirmed legacy donors and pursues personalized interaction with each donor, implements well-organized, personal stewardship plans that offer continued engagement with Amnesty International, including the organizing of special events with legacy donors and encouraging donor stewardship through legacy circle.
  • Estate Coordination (20%) - Maintains estate files and correspondence during probate of wills, contacts all estate executors, liaises with legal counsel, and reports all legacy gifts income.
  • Major Gifts (20%) - Maintains a portfolio of donors for the purpose of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts, and coordinates visits of other senior staff and volunteers to major donors.

Accurate record keeping and reporting of existing and potential legacy and major gifts.

For full details, refer to the job description posted on Amnesty's website.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • University education
  • Minimum of three years of fundraising experience, preferrably in planned giving
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, including in digital environments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with customer service orientation and the ability to interact with individuals from a variety of social backgrounds
  • Proficiency with current online media tools for communicating, including email broadcasting
  • Strong listening skills and ability to elicit donor giving motivations and interests
  • Demonstrated proficiency with databases and data management, with good attention to detail and experience with CRM or other database software
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel and Internet Explorer
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently as well as in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling several projects simultaneously
  • Fund raising certification is desirable
  • National and local memberships in the Canadian Association of Gift Planners is desirable.


Hours:        Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

Start date:  September 6, 2016

Duration:    Indeterminate period

Location:    Ottawa National Office

Travel:       Some travel required

Deadline:   Applications will be accepted until noon (ET) on July 6, 2016

Application Process

Covering letter, resume, and 2 supervisory references should be submitted electronically via Charity Village.

Although we appreciate the interest of all candidates, only candidates invited for interviews will be contacted.

Amnesty International Canada is committed to employment equity, actively seeks diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified applicants including women, members of racial minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.