Director of Development – CAPITALIZE FOR KIDS


Capitalize for Kids (C4K) is seeking a growth-minded, relationship-focused, strategic fundraiser as its new Director of Development. With responsibility for fundraising strategy; gift cultivation, solicitation, and donor relationship management; and diversification of the fundraising portfolio, the Director will play a key role in the ecosystem of supporting child and youth mental health and the effectiveness of the outcomes of its programs.

In the past 10 years, Capitalize for Kids has helped over 240,000 kids and their families obtain critical mental health services and supports by removing barriers to access. More than ever, kids are reaching out for support. Demand is increasing and mental health service providers are struggling to keep up. Kids and their families are trapped on waitlists – unable to get the help they desperately need. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth struggle with serious mental health issues. Unfortunately, service providers just can’t keep up with the demand.  Salary Range:  $130,000 – $160,000

Posted On:  December 18, 2023

Closing On:  January 26, 2023

Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Level:  Management

Employment Type:  Full Time

Salary Range:  $130,000 – $160,000


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Kids and their families deserve so much better – that is why we focus on building capacity in kids’ mental health services.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Development will be responsible for developing a comprehensive fundraising program and creating an energizing culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. This is an opportunity to work with an influential and engaged volunteer network while building new, diverse connections with the goal of diversifying and growing revenue.  This role will require sophisticated relationship management skills and an expert understanding of the factors influencing business sectors, capital markets, and corporate philanthropic giving.

The Director of Development will be a self-starter and a persuasive influencer, with expertise in building and growing fundraising programs and teams, and expertly leading the organization through a development growth strategy. The successful candidate will embrace a culture of innovation and will be capable and comfortable discussing all aspects of corporate and individual giving fundraising practices, managing corporate relationships, and evolving trends in charitable giving.

A collaborative and values-driven leader, the new Director will bring exceptional team management and sophisticated communication skills as they coach and develop a high-performing fundraising team.

This is an exciting opportunity to impact the quality of current services that build programming capacity for kids’ mental health in Canada by directing, shaping, and contributing to the work of our dynamic and growing team.


Capitalize for Kids works with numerous youth mental health support agencies to identify gaps and barriers in their operations and develop opportunities to increase their capacity through process, program and technology solutions. We partner with top for-profit consulting companies on a pro-bono basis to co-design these solutions and then, if necessary, we help fund the required changes to an agency’s operations. At the end of the process, we template and share what we learn so that other organizations can implement similar solutions for themselves. We are helping service providers support more young people with their existing resources. It means that kids spend less time looking for help and more time getting it.

 Capitalize for Kids began in 2014 as a charitable investors conference that raised $1 million for the Centre for Brain and Mental Health at SickKids. Today, we are a growing community of professionals rallying our friends, families, and firms to support kids’ mental health.

We are helping service providers support more young people with their existing resources.  It means that kids spend less time looking for help and more time getting it.

Investors Conference

The 10th Annual Capitalize for Kids Investors Conference took place in the fall of 2023 and brought together over 400 attendees from across the North American alternative investment community including capital allocators, fund managers and service providers.  This initiative has raised over $13 million for child and youth mental health since 2014.

 Bay Street Games

2024 will mark the 7th year of the ultimate fitness competition between Bay Street firms where co-ed teams of six face off in a series of fitness challenges and at the end of the day, the winning team will be crowned as Bay Street’s Fittest Firm!  We expect 60 teams with 360 participants to take part in the games with the goal of raising $500,000 in support of Capitalize for Kids.




Philanthropy and Fundraising

Leadership and Engagement 






KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Capitalize for Kids. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Helena Debnam, Senior Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by January 26, 2024.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

The salary for this position is $130,000 – $160,000 and up to 10% bonus.

Capitalize for Kids welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Capitalize for Kids is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages applications from all persons including those with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.