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One Spark is Seeking a Fundraising Summer Intern

Monday, July 7, 2014 7:24 AM


About One Spark

One Spark ( is a new organization (launched October 2013) with the goal of eliminating obstacles to financial sustainability for women facing violence—a critical component of supporting women’s transition to a violence-free life. We work with women experiencing violence to create a simple business plan that outlines how they might contribute to their financial safety plan by generating income working for themselves. We facilitate the process of registering a woman's business, including covering the cost of registration, provide training on basic business issues, and provide women with a laptop computer and the basic software required to engage in business-related activities. As a new organization, we are pursuing fundraising opportunities and are looking for support from a summer intern.

About this Position

We are looking for a savvy intern to start immediately and work throughout the summer to help us prepare for our first large fundraising event – a golf tournament that will kickstart our ability to deliver services to women who need them and will introduce One Spark to potential long-term donors. The tournament will be held on October 2nd. The intern will work directly with the Executive Director and Chair of the Board to help us ensure the success of the event through securing sponsorships and silent auction donations.

The intern will be expected to conduct the following activities:

·         Reach out to and secure donations from prospects who can offer items worth $100-$2,000 for our event silent auction

·         Reach out to and secure sponsorships from organizations/individuals willing to sponsor various aspects of the event (e.g. lunch, dinner tables, golf holes, hole-in-one competition, etc.)

·         Communicate regularly with the ED and Chair and participate in periodic meetings

·         Share progress with the event planning committee (to meet at least once a month in the evening during July, August and September 2014)

·         Liaise with donors and sponsors as appropriate and steward our relationship with them to ensure their experience with One Spark is positive and meets their expectations

·         Arrange for silent auction items (and other items) to be delivered to the venue or designated location

Skills Required

We are looking for a smart, organized, tenacious and likeable individual. The ideal candidate isn’t shy about asking for support and loves to connect with people to create win-win situations. You are professional and well-spoken and sensitive to the important issues of domestic violence. You respect and will adhere to One Spark’s values and are excited to represent our organization to potential supporters. Prior sponsorship and fundraising experience is a definite asset.


Flexible. The intern can work primarily from home if s/he wishes. Occasionally, s/he may need to work at or near the Chair’s home office in downtown Toronto in order to have immediate access to advice, answers, and plenty of junk food.

Work Term

Up to two months, starting immediately


$800 honorarium ($400/month) + 10% commission on all sponsorship and silent auction revenue from the event.

To apply, please email