Not Far From The Tree is an award-winning Toronto-based fruit picking project. Our mission is to harness the power of fruit trees to create healthy, resilient, sustainable and connected communities across Toronto. We empower Torontonians to pick and share fruit that would otherwise fall to waste while providing opportunities to connect more intimately with their neighbours, environment, and food system. We act as, and empower people to be stewards of the urban orchard to ensure its benefits can be realized for many generations to come. We envision a Toronto where everyone has access to the urban harvest as part of a resilient, local food system that builds community, and is based on the value of shared abundance.

As a project of MakeWay Charitable Society, Not Far From The Tree is advised by a Steering Committee with responsibility for strategic direction, as well as overseeing fundraising, communications, operations, programming and finances. Currently we are seeking 2 new members to join the Fundraising & Events Sub-Committee (2 year term). 

The ideal candidates have demonstrated experience and interest in one or more of the following: event planning & management, fundraising, business, and philanthropy. The ideal candidates also bring a creative and innovative mindset to their approach to the role of Sub-committee member. Please note this opportunity will require in-person participation and we ask that candidates reside in the City of Toronto. 

They are committed to NFFTT’s mission by supporting fundraising activities, acting as a public champion of our work, and supporting the organization and operations of the sub-committee. They are open to contributing to NFFTT’s culture of sharing in a variety of ways, and they have expertise and/or passion for sustainable food systems, food security, and community building.  

The key functions of the Sub-Committee members include:

  • Support the Chair and Project Director in the development and implementation of the Fundraising Strategy
  • Help identify and steward potential donors and fundraising prospects by facilitating introductions and building connections for NFFTT
  • Understand and follow MakeWay’s review processes and procedures
  • Assist with the design, planning and implementation of fundraising events, including day-of support and managing additional event volunteers if required 
  • Assist with donor stewardship strategies and implementation
  • Actively contribute to brainstorming new fundraising 
  • Contribute to the analysis of the performance of events and other fundraising activities for effectiveness and continued learning
  • Attend, actively participate and contribute to sub-committee meetings

Meeting Frequency & Expectations

The Committee will meet once every month and as needed to discuss and review fundraising and communications goals, activities, deliverables and results. 

If you love our city, share our mission and have the experience we are looking for, we’d love to hear from you!  Please send your resume and cover letter by May 13th to the, with the subject line Sub- Committee Application” to tell us what makes you a good fit for the role. 

Not Far From The Tree is a project of MakeWay Charitable Society.

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Not Far from the Tree is committed to creating an inclusive environment, and we welcome applications from the diverse communities we engage. 

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