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We’re hiring: Fundraiser (part-time)

Role: Fundraiser (Part-time, contract, option to extend)

Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) is a charitable organization founded in 2012 that offers an innovative mentorship program for motivated high school girls in Toronto, facing socio-economic barriers. GEM’s mission is to equip girls with the necessary skills to achieve their grown-up aspirations and build a diverse network of talented, vibrant women and girls to inspire and support one other.

GEM is searching for a creative, professional Fundraiser that thrives in a dynamic start-up environment and has a broad skillset to execute the organization’s fundraising goals.

The Fundraiser is responsible for securing new sponsors/donors, developing relationships, and growing GEM’s connections within the community.

Duties and Responsibilities
GEM aims to raise $250,000 annually. The Fundraiser reports to and shares responsibility for the achievement of this target with the Founder of GEM and the Fundraising Committee. The fundraiser has primary or secondary responsibilities in the following areas:

Grant Writing (45%)
The Fundraiser has primary responsibility for prospecting, evaluating and pursuing grant funding opportunities, as well as for documenting and reporting on progress at regular intervals. Applications are reviewed and approved by the founder and some are compiled in partnership with members of the GEM Fundraising Committee.

 Major Gifts (35%)
The fundraiser has responsibility for the pursuit of major gifts, defined as $5,000 or more in a single year. A kit and a prospect list has been developed to support this work.  The Fundraiser should be able to maintain existing donors and convert prospects into committed supporters through identification of shared goals and values.

 Admin & Strategy (20%)
The Fundraiser has secondary responsibility for informing GEM’s overall fundraising strategy. In addition, the Fundraiser will need to report on progress at regular intervals; keep detailed logs of all interactions and transactions; take and deliver payment information; communicate with office staff about replies; monitor GEM’s fundraising email account; and fulfil requests from the founder and other staff members.

Skills and Competencies

  • Experience and Interest in fundraising.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Working knowledge of relevant ethical codes and legislation including:
    Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and general privacy principles
    The Donor’s Bill of Rights
    Imagine Canada Standards
  • Superior time management and digital organization skills.
  • Progress reporting capabilities.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a small dynamic team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree and fundraising certificate preferred.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in fundraising.
  • Experience in project management with a proven track record of delivering on objectives.

 

Please send your resume and cover letter to Rochelle@girlsementorship.com by March 31, 2017

Ameera Seiyad: Why become a GEMgirl?

Ameera Seiyad was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2014-15. Her mentor was Leslie Fullerton. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-GEM allowed me to have my own ideas. I gained confidence and skills that I use every day. It has impacted me so much and it has also humbled me. GEM also gave me a job! I got hired as a community outreach intern. It was exciting to see and be part of all the planning that goes into the program.”

What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-I was looking to gain support from someone who wasn’t a friend or teacher. I found that support in my mentor, Leslie Fullerton. Having an open communication with her gave me confidence, not only in school but also when applying for summer jobs. Sometimes I still ask myself ‘what would Leslie think/do?’ when making decisions.”

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a second-year student at Wilfred Lauirer University. I’m studying Environment and Business Management.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in GEM?
-Shut up, join it! GEM will give you opportunities that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere. Girls need support and the GEM program is a great space to gain that support and start with a clean slate. It might seem overwhelming at first, but just take it day by day.”

Help GEMgirls blossom

Happy International Women’s Day to all the AMAZING girls and women out there!
We love you, we believe in you, and we encourage you to #BeBoldForChange today and every day.

Here at GEM, we work boldly to change and improve the lives of high school girls through mentorship. To celebrate this day, the talented team behind Leaves of Trees is supporting GEM with a one-week promotion that starts TODAY!

Until March 15, $5 from every sale of an Orange Blossom Argan Oil ($60), and $2 from every sale of an Orange Blossom Argan Hand and Body Lotion ($15) will be donated to GEM to help GEMgirls blossom.

Purchases can be made online at leavesoftrees.com (shipping available internationally) or in-store at 177 Queen Street East in Toronto.
“GEM’s purpose, approach, and the positive outcomes for young women in Toronto as a result of their mentorship programs resonates with me and aligns well with our brand, “ noted Dr. Roohi Qureshi, Founder, Leaves of Trees.

“Helping women blossom is integral to our ethos, and to our business principle of committing to kindness.  In both of our orange blossom products that are part of this International Women’s Day initiative, the argan oil used has been hand-pressed by women at a cooperative we support in Morocco.”

About Leaves of Trees
Leaves of Trees is a Canadian brand known for its support of women including the employment of women at a women’s cooperative in Morocco where its argan oil is hand-pressed.

Based out of Toronto, Leaves of Trees takes an artisanal, small-batch approach to making its line of all-natural skincare products, using as many high-quality organic and fair-trade sources as possible. As a member of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program, Leaves of Trees never tests products on animals and is committed to remaining 100% cruelty- free.

#BeBoldForChange #InternationalWomensDay2017 #IWD2017 #GEMxLOT #HelpGEMgirlsBlossom #CommitToKindness #ConnectEmpowerInspire

Equality Matters

This year, Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Equality Matters and we would like to share with you all some interesting facts. #EqualityMatters because it is good for the economy, for the children, for the democracy, for EVERYBODY!

Did you know that…

-According to RBC, the increased economic participation of women resulted in a $130 billion contribution to economic activity in 2012 alone. This is equivalent to approximately 7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

-In February 2016, the international report Is Gender Diversity Profitable? found that an organization with 30% female leaders could add up to 6 percentage points to its net profit margin.

-Research suggests that having a more diverse corporate board of directors may lead to stronger financial performance for companies.

-Companies with higher representation of women on their boards demonstrated a 26% higher return on investment.

-It is estimated that violence against women costs Canada more than $9.3 billion a year.

-Father involvement is related to positive child health outcomes in infants, such as improved weight gain in preterm infants and improved breastfeeding rates.

-Father engagement reduces the frequency of behavioral problems in boys while also decreasing delinquency and economic disadvantage in low-income families.

-Research shows that women in politics raise issues that others overlook, pass bills that others oppose, invest in projects others dismiss and seek to end abuses that others ignore.

-Where women are able to participate in peace processes, the chances of reaching an agreement at all improve, and the peace is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years.

-A study of statistics gathered from various equality indexes showed that living in one of the more gender equal countries in Europe was associated with having a higher quality of life and a lower chance of depression, divorce, or becoming a victim of violent death for both men and women.

Source: Status of Women Canada

Nabela Alam: Why become a GEMgirl?

Nabela Alam was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2014-15. Her mentor was Verity Sylvester. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favourite part of The GEM Program was being able to attend the GEMinars. My favorite one was one called Beat the Busy Brain. It was about stress management and about self-peace. I was really blown away by this seminar because it was designed to talk about self-care, a life skill that is important that you don’t learn in school.

-What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-My mentor, Verity Sylvester, had a big impact on me. She taught me about self-motivation and the importance of being your own support system. She taught me to rely on myself. Verity firmly gave me advice about the importance of communication and the vocabulary we use. The strict mentality that I gained from our relationship helped prepare for University. Verity helped me gain the confidence and independence I needed to be successful in university and in my professional career.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM creates a strong support system for the mentees. A support system that was not only there to offer me lifelong advice but also to motivate me so I could get the best experience from the program. They taught me how to make connections and properly network with people within my field. GEM also connected me and helped me get prepared for her an internship at RBC.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a second-year student at York University in the Schulich School of Business program. I also take part in her school’s Corporate Social Responsibility Society (CSRS). In September 2016, I finished a five-month internship with RBC.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-Make sure you are serious about taking advantage of this opportunity, don’t just join because it looks good on your resume. Even though you may not come from a wealthy background you can still strive for more to make your life better. Join! Just join. You don’t have to pay and if you take it seriously you will have countless positive experiences.