Executive Director, Gift Planning – ABUNDANCE CANADA


The Executive Director, Gift Planning will play a key role in setting the direction for the Gift Planning team focused on achieving ambitious goals, leading a team of professionals, and actively engaging with donors, potential donors, and professional advisors. As a skilled relationship builder, gift-planning strategist and strong communicator, the Executive Director, Gift Planning will develop and execute strategies that grow the network of professional advisors and potential donors, promoting Abundance Canada’s strategic and flexible approach to charitable giving.

Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Director, Gift Planning will step into this pivotal executive position joining the core leadership team and will bring strong strategic and leadership skills. As an action-oriented, results-driven professional, the Executive Director will lead and inspire a team of nine Gift Planning Consultants across the country to excel in their roles.

Abundance Canada is seeking an individual with proven experience developing gift-planning strategies and executing complex giving strategies. The Executive Director, Gift Planning will be a leader in the field of gift planning and be able to apply their creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and strong understanding of the charitable sector and related legislation in this role to help donors across the country make a difference through their charitable giving.

The role can be performed from any Abundance Canada office (Calgary, Abbotsford, Winnipeg and Waterloo) or remotely. Additionally, this position will require some travel to meet with donors, potential donors, and professional advisors; to visit regional offices; and to attend Board, leadership team, staff and Gift Planning team meetings.

Salary Range: $150,000 – $185,000

Posted On:  May 23, 2024

Closing On:  June 17, 2024

Location: Remote

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $150,000 – $185,000

Website:  https://kciphilanthropy.com/kci-talent/

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Abundance Canada is a public foundation with 50 years of experience helping donors across the country make a difference through charitable giving. In 2023, Abundance Canada attracted $63.24 million in donations, managed over $262 million in assets, and distributed nearly $51 million to Canadian charities. Our goal is to double our reach and impact within the decade.

Over the years, our gift planning has always been ahead of its time and as the organization grew, a network of institutions and donors were attracted to both the vision of charitable giving and the benefit of our services.


Abundance Canada believes generosity changes everything. Generosity is transformational for the donor and recipient, and the world is a better place when people live generously. We support generosity through customizable charitable giving plans to help donors increase their charitable impact.


Our values are shaped by a vision of generous living, rooted in our story. These values guide our attitudes, decisions, and actions:

Everyone at Abundance Canada works together as one team to further our purpose and values. Our staff of 23 dedicated professionals are located across Canada. We pride ourselves in keeping the donor experience flexible and easy, no matter the complexity of their charitable plans.

The History of Abundance Canada

Abundance Canada’s purpose is rooted in our history. In the early 1970s, leaders from the Mennonite tradition were inspired to make charitable giving easier for people who wanted to share their financial resources. In 1974, we opened our doors as Mennonite Foundation of Canada.

Beyond encouraging people to share their financial resources, we adopted investment policies that embraced social responsibility. The impact of socially responsible investing (Environmental, Social, Governance) made us a pioneer in ethical/responsible investing. ESG remains a hallmark of our investment policies today.

Our gift planning was ahead of its time and as the organization grew, a network of institutions and donors were attracted to both the vision of charitable giving and the benefit of our services. In 2016, we changed our name to Abundance Canada to reflect our growing and diverse donor base.

We believe generosity changes everything. Throughout our history, we have evolved and adapted, but our values remain the same.

Responsible Investing at Abundance Canada

Responsible investing is about helping build a better world. It’s about investing in a way that reflects your values.

Abundance Canada believes in a world where everyone lives generously because generosity changes everything. As a public foundation that offers donor-advised funds, we also believe that how and where we invest is consistent with our values.

Our investment policies incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria that are shaped by our values.

Investing our Values



Abundance Canada

About Abundance Canada

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Our Generosity Plan

Technical Information Sheets

Our Gift Planning Consultants

2022 Annual Report / 2023 Financial Statement





Attributes & Qualities

The Executive Director, Gift Planning will model the highest level of character, competence, creativity, and customer focus. Specific attributes include the following:



KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Abundance Canada. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Senior Vice President, KCI Search + Talent & Jill Anderson, Senior Search Consultant by email at AbundanceCanada@kcitalent.com

Interested candidates should send their resume and a letter of interest to the email address listed above by June 17, 2024. Please note that candidate submissions will be reviewed as they arrive, so early inquiry and submission is encouraged. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

The hiring salary range for this position is $150,000 to $185,000 and Abundance Canada offers a competitive benefits package.

To view full position brief, please visit www.kcitalent.com

Abundance Canada is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified applicants and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and other underrepresented groups.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all stages of the selection process. If you require any accommodations, please notify the Search Consultant.