LIBR/ARST 596 at BC Cancer Foundation


Name of Organization
BC Cancer Foundation
150 – 686 W Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1G1
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Supervising Librarian/Archivist
Angelina Dawes
(604) 707-5900
Purpose of the project:

BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer, which provides province-wide cancer control for everyone in British Columbia and the Yukon. It delivers the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, research, education, and supportive and palliative care.

The purpose of this project is to perform in-depth prospect research to identify new and prospective foundations – both national and international – who fund cancer research and patient care and to whom BC Cancer Foundation is eligible to submit a grant application to receive funding.

Working with the Director of Major Gifts and under the direct supervision of the Research Analyst, the successful applicant would use a variety of text, database, and internet sources to perform prospect research to determine and track the following information:

• Confirm BC Cancer Foundation’s eligibility to submit a request for funding
• Identify funding focus and any funding restrictions
• Determine typical funding range (i.e. largest and smallest grant awarded, average grant size)
• Determine recent grants awarded
• Determine application deadlines and guidelines (i.e. online submission, form, does/does not accept unsolicited proposals)
• Locate contact information (name of key contact, email, phone, address)
• Cross reference with any existing connections to BC Cancer Foundation which may assist in moving forward a grant application

This information will be collected and added to BC Cancer Foundation’s online database and will be used to assist the organization in applying for grant funding from the newly identified organizations.

Summary of activities required to carry out the project:

The student will use BC Cancer Foundation’s existing resources, which include but are not limited to: Raiser’s Edge, Grant Connect, Canada Revenue Agency, subscription databases and UBC library resources, to identify new and prospective granting foundations to which BC Cancer Foundation would be eligible to apply for funding.

The student will be responsible for maintaining and organizing hard copy and database records pertaining to funding prospects. All prospect research by this position must meet the highest standards of confidentiality, quality, accuracy, and timeliness. In doing so, the student will provide strategic recommendations based on knowledge gained through internal and external sources. The incumbent will monitor and recommend additional resources where appropriate.

Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:

The student will work to support the information-gathering and fundraising initiatives of BC Cancer Foundation – which is to provide funding for research and patient care enhancements to BC Cancer.

Specifically, the host can expect to receive a comprehensive collection of up-to-date, proactively identified funding prospects, along with key information about the funding preferences of said organizations, to which BC Cancer Foundation can then submit grant applications for funding.

The student can expect to gain professional experience in a non-profit research office that operates with a medical focus and provincial scope; as well as project management, database maintenance and other organizational competencies – including digital curation, preservation and records management.

Time periods in which the project could be supervised:
  • Winter Term 1 (September – December)
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
There is no fixed deadline by which the project must be completed. BC Cancer Foundation would prefer a student for Winter Term 2 or Summer Session Term 1 but the start dates are flexible.
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)

• LIBR 504: Management of Information Organizations

• LIBR 557: Information Retrieval Concepts and Practices is desirable but is not crucial in order to be considered

• A background in humanities, business, or social sciences or equivalent research experience in other settings is considered an asset


To apply for this position, complete the online application form including a resume and cover letter. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

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