Chief Executive Officer, London Community Foundation

London, ON

With a vision to do philanthropy differently and to enrich the quality of life for all, the London Community Foundation (LCF) is dedicated to building a vibrant, smart and caring community through strategic investing that drives innovative community-based initiatives across London and Middlesex County. LCF granted $4.5 million in 2022, with a cumulative total of $36.2 million over the past 10 years and cumulative social impact loans of $21.1 million. LCF has one of the largest unrestricted funds among Canadian Community Foundations, enabling the flexibility to impact priority and emerging community needs and to harness innovation by seeding initiatives such as the Social Impact Fund, Vision SoHo, and Community Vitality Grant program. LCF has earned a reputation for innovation, breaking down traditional barriers and fostering greater equity.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic leader with a track record of success in a purpose-driven, outcomes‐oriented organization in the non-profit/charitable or private sectors. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for overall operations, including leadership, strategic and long-term planning, effective delivery of programs and efficient use of resources, as well as active promotion of community awareness of the Foundation's objectives. Consistent with the Foundation’s Goals to (1) lead strategically, (2) engage donors, and (3) build a strong Foundation, the CEO will focus on continuing to build on LCF’s reputation for innovation and community-based initiatives while maximizing opportunities to promote LCF’s role in London and Middlesex Country.

As the ideal candidate, you are a strategic thinker with the ability to conceptualize the nature and long-term evolution of the Foundation and to develop strategies that, in collaboration with stakeholders and partners, will ensure the Foundation builds on its success and reputation. You possess a strong ability to create a shared vision amongst staff, Board members and external stakeholders such as fundholders, donors, community and equity-seeking groups and various levels of government. An effective public speaker you are comfortable in front of a wide range of audiences and know how to open doors to new investment and partnership opportunities. You bring an understanding of, or passion for, the unique and important role a community foundation can play. Strong financial management and governance experience will round out your skills. Prior exposure to fundraising and the competitive philanthropic landscape in which Canadian community foundations operate will be considered an asset.

To Apply

To fill this position, London Community Foundation has partnered with leadership advisory firm Odgers Berndtson. Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below with a resume and cover letter ideally by December 15.

For more information, please contact Kyle Mechar of Odgers Berndtson at

We would like to thank all applicants but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

London Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and London Community Foundation throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.

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