Fundraising Consultant

Deadline date: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 11:45pm
Fixed date
RFP status: 


The Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association (SAH Association) is seeking an experienced, motivated, and mission-focused contract Fundraising Consultant for the development of a multi-year fundraising strategy. Our key objective is to identify practical funding opportunities and set the strategic direction for future fundraising initiatives to diversify the SAH Association’s funding base and, ultimately, strengthen our organizational capacity and sustainability.

This position will be fully remote, and the candidate may be based anywhere in Canada. The consultancy period will run from the beginning of October 2021 to the end of November 2021. However, there may be some flexibility to extend this into December 2021 if necessary.

Organizational Background

The SAH Association is a national membership association of approximately 130 Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) across Canada (excluding Quebec). The mission of the SAH Association is to be a collective voice for SAHs in promoting and enabling Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program [including the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program], whether among its members’ own constituencies, the Canadian public, national and international organizations, or the government of Canada and its provinces and territories.

The SAH Council acts as the SAH Association's elected governance body in strengthening the PSR program, while the SAH Navigation Unit is the SAH Association’s support office. The SAH Navigation Unit is a small team that is instrumental in:

  • Bringing the collective voice and experience of the SAH Association to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Disseminating information to the SAH Association; and
  • Designing solutions with the SAH Council and IRCC to address policy and operational challenges in the PSR program.

The SAH Association, while a federally incorporated non-profit, is not yet a registered charity under the CRA and Income Tax Act. While our long-term goal to diversify funding remains a priority, the SAH Navigation Unit needs to secure funding by the end of March 2022.

Scope of Work

The Fundraising Consultant will provide the following key deliverables by the end of their contract:

  • Fundraising Strategy & Sustainability Plan (including but not limited to):
    • Extensive research and identification of specific funding prospects to diversify funding and increase funding levels (this may include specific foundations, private sector donors, etc.)
    • Clear distinction between funding opportunities for urgent needs (i.e., without having charitable status) vs. long-term opportunities for future needs
  • Research summary and identification of potential corporate sponsors, including potential targeted outreach strategies
  • Case for support
  • Grant pipeline/tracking template

Submission Requirements:

Please include the following items in your submission package, which should not exceed 10 pages:

  • Resume and Cover Letter: Please highlight your key qualifications and interest in this project
  • Project Experience: Please provide a minimum of three (3) examples of your experience with similar projects
  • Approach and Methodology: Please provide an overview of the process and activities required to complete the project’s key deliverables (as outlined under the section titled “Scope of Work”)
  • Project Schedule: Please provide a timeline for the duration of the project and highlight all relevant benchmarks
  • References: Please include the names and contact details of three (3) former clients
  • Fee Structure: Please provide an estimation of the cost of services and a fee schedule for the scope of work, including your hourly rate and any anticipated additional fees. Note that the maximum funding available is $9,650 (HST included)

Note: The Fundraising Consultant will not be on the SAH Navigation Unit’s payroll, nor will they be eligible for reimbursement of any work-related expenses.

Evaluation Metrics

Required Qualifications:


  • Post-secondary education in one or more of the following areas: fundraising, marketing, communications
  • 5+ years of experience in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies and/or sustainability plans for non-profit organizations, preferably those with a national scope
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of non-profit revenue streams, including but not limited to institutional grants, major gifts, legacy gifts, digital fundraising, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality deliverables and meet strict deadlines
  • Membership with the Associated Fundraising Professionals of Canada is considered an asset
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program is considered an asset


  • communication (written and verbal)
  • organization and detail orientation
  • strategic thinking, problem-solving, and good judgment
  • relationship-building and stakeholder management
  • flexibility/openness to change
  • ability and willingness to take initiative
  • commitment to equity, inclusion, accessibility, and principles of anti-oppression
  • diplomacy and cultural sensitivity
  • alignment with the SAH Association’s values and ethical standards

Submission Details:

Inquiries related to the RFP may be directed to:

Becca Nascimento


Please submit your completed proposal as a single PDF file, quoting “Fundraising Consultant RFP” in the subject line of your email by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Interviews will be held the week of September 20 with an anticipated start date of October 12, 2021.