The Canadian Women’s Foundation is seeking an inspirational, values-based leader with a passion for philanthropy to be our next President & CEO (CEO).  The new CEO will continue the excellent work of the Foundation as we drive forward our vision for gender justice and equality for women, girls, and gender-diverse people across Canada.

Working with a highly committed team of 40+ staff, Board members and other volunteers, the new CEO will be a team-builder who maintains an organizational culture of trust, transparency and collaboration while also ensuring goal accountability for grant revenue and deployment, knowledge generation, donor relations, advocacy, and strategic communications.

An intersectional feminist thought leader, the CEO will model an authentic passion for our mission while leveraging business and financial acumen to lead operations and raise the national profile of feminist philanthropy. A highly visible ambassador and spokesperson, the CEO will hold credibility with diverse audiences while systematically building and sustaining relationships and networks of support that further our vision.  Salary Range:  $205,000 – $220,000

Posted On:  March 5, 2024

Closing On:  April 5, 2024

Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $205,000 – $220,000


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This is an exciting time to join the Canadian Women’s Foundation as we embark on our next stage of growth with plans to raise $10M+ annually for critical issues related to gender justice and equality.

The target salary range for this position is $205,000 to $220,000 with the potential of a performance-based bonus up to 15%, plus a competitive benefits package.

As a national organization, the Canadian Women’s Foundation offers flexibility of work location. Our office is located at 1920 Yonge St. in Toronto, Ontario.



The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for gender justice and equality. We advance this by growing support for grassroots feminist action, partnering with communities and organizations to improve conditions, and building diverse leadership and knowledge for sustainable change.

Through fundraising, granting, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve feminist systemic change. By granting to and strengthening local community programs, the Foundation empowers women, girls and gender-diverse people to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s fundraising foundations in the world. A group of eight trail-blazing women was instrumental in getting it off the ground.

With the support of supporters and donors, the Foundation has raised more than $250 million to fund over 3,200 life-transforming programs across the country.

As a leading voice for women, girls and gender-diverse people in Canada, we are committed to getting gender equality issues front and centre in the hearts and minds of people in Canada.


Every woman, girl, and gender-diverse person has the power, safety, support, and rights to thrive, today and tomorrow.


The Canadian Women’s Foundation focuses on critical challenges facing diverse women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people all over Canada today. Their supporters make effective long-term change for gender equality and justice possible. This is important because we help change structures and improve “the way things work” to get Canada closer to that goal of gender equality and social equity for everyone.

We take a deliberative, empowerment-based approach by addressing root causes of the most critical issues facing diverse women, girls and gender diverse people, and by investing in the most effective solutions for long-term change. We do this through our fundraising, grant-making, through building and sharing knowledge, and by bringing grantees and other organizations together to strengthen their capacity, share best practices and learn from each other.

We fund programs across Canada, prioritizing communities where the need is greatest. These programs address four urgent issues:


Focus on economic development and enhancing women’s employability and opportunities to explore new possibilities to secure stable financial futures. Program effectiveness is measured by applying a special “Sustainable Livelihoods Framework”.


Focus on building teen healthy relationships and helping women and their children rebuild their lives after violence.


Boost “protective factors” that grow girls’ resilience as they develop into adulthood. These include self-confidence, community connectedness, critical thinking skills, and school and civic engagement.


When leadership opportunities diversify, the voices of all women and gender-diverse people gain influence. We get closer to the goal of gender justice. Leaders carry significant power to make change. They can play an important role in making things better and fairer. There are many barriers to leadership for diverse women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people in Canada.




Founding Mothers

Our Work

Strategic Plan (2023 – 2028)

Impact & Annual Reports

Volunteers & Donors Report

Get Involved

Financial Statements


Our Supporters & Volunteer Committees

Media Resources

Impact Stories

Community Grants 2024



 Strategy, Planning & Operations

Provide leadership that enables the Foundation to excel operationally in the strategic achievement of its mission.


 Provide leadership that supports and strengthens governance of the Foundation.

Programs & Impact

Provide leadership that amplifies the critical work of the Foundation’s community impact strategies and programs.

Resource Development & Financial Sustainability

Provide leadership that deepens the Foundation’s ability to attract new donors and diversify its revenue base for sustainable growth.

Sector Leadership

Provide leadership that contributes to the strengthening of the feminist movement in Canada and addresses the critical issues identified in the Foundation’s commitments.

Communications & Community Engagement

Provide leadership in support of the strategic communications goals of the Foundation.





KCI Search + Talent is supporting the Canadian Women’s Foundation in the recruitment of a President & CEO. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Samantha David at KCI via email at

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by April 5, 2024.

To view full the Executive Brief, please visit

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is strongly committed to equity in employment and seeks to attract, select, and hire a diverse team with a high level of professional skills, passion for and belief in our vision and mission. We aim to be inclusive of diverse people across gender and sexuality spectrums. This includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, Two Spirit, genderqueer, non-binary, and 2SLGBTQIA+. If comfortable, we encourage candidates to share information about their identities, lived experiences, and the communities they are part of in their cover letter.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation adheres to Canadian human rights legislation and will provide accommodation to candidates during any part of the interview or hiring process, if requested.