Nicole Beatty CFRE is a charismatic and entrepreneurial development professional whose 13-year career has raised over $25 million in philanthropic capital. Passionate about start-up social enterprises, international movements, and charitable campaigns that support education, the arts, women’s rights, healthcare and social injustice, Nicole’s worldly curiosity and career has provided her with the opportunity to work with some renowned causes in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia; collaborating with some of the most caring minds to raise meaningful gifts that ultimately change lives. Her portfolio includes fundraising for Best Buddies Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Cancer Society of Victoria, Australia, University of Melbourne, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand, Saint Elizabeth Health Care Foundation, OneChild Support & Network Inc., and several grassroots, rural organisations that focus on poverty reduction, health and food security.
Danielle Boucher is an enterprising, strategic and dynamic bilingual fund development professional skilled at building relationships and securing opportunities for a wide range of projects and partnerships. She has worked in various capacities within the not-for-profit sector, and her experience ranges from major gift strategy development, campaign management, small-shop fundraising, donor/prospect and stakeholder identification, cultivation and stewardship to grant writing and proposal development. Danielle has provided development support to the cultural sector including the Museum of Nature and Sciences (Sherbrooke, PQ), the Moncton Museum, and the McCord Museum (Montreal, PQ). Continuing with her career, she provided major gift expertise to the healthcare and social services sectors, including senior positions with the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation (Montreal, PQ), the Moncton Hospital Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Jon Brandt has more than 20 years of work in the not-for-profit sector. Jon’s work has ranged from larger organisations to one person start-ups, and so he understands both the challenges of leading teams and also of having sole responsibility within an organisation. He has focused on direct marketing, stakeholder relations, major gift work, event planning and media relations. Jon understands system processes and protocols and has experience in the details and the big-picture concerns so he is adept at implementing and integrate CRM applications across multiple departments. Jon is an experienced communicator and marketer and is fascinated by ideas. He is passionate about spurring organisations to strategic action. Jon has specialised in creating a culture of fundraising within older organisations, including board education and development.
Cheryl Dalwood has served in prospect research and frontline fundraising positions in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years, and has worked with charitable organisations that cross many sectors including education, health care, social services, arts and culture, and the environment. Cheryl’s career in fund development began in 1992 when she joined the University of Manitoba as the university’s first prospect researcher where she was responsible for developing and leading all prospect research and information management services. In 1998 Cheryl joined the University of Calgary as a Development Officer, Research. Cheryl served over ten years in senior leadership positions in prospect research and leadership giving at the University of Calgary, where she evolved prospect research from a one-person shop to a proactive and integrated research team.
John Davies, a passionate advocate of independent school education, John served as Director of the Shawnigan Foundation for twelve years. In this role, John pioneered the concept of major gift fundraising in Canada’s independent schools. His single-minded focus on major gift philanthropy and board development enabled not only Shawnigan to attract significant resources to the school, but also St. Michaels University School in Victoria, which he advises in a similar capacity. In addition to his role at SMUS, he maintains an active list of private school clients across Canada and Asia and is a much sought-after speaker on all aspects of independent schools, especially on the creation of all-encompassing advancement programs, whilst focusing on capital campaigns and annual fund strategies.
Corrie Fortner is a compassionate and enthusiastic fundraising professional with a strong history of success across the social sector. She is passionate about building strong communities. After completing her post-secondary education, Corrie worked with children and families, taking on front line, leadership and fundraising roles in children’s programs, social services, women’s shelters, health care, government, schools, colleges, national and community based organizations. The common thread is her drive to ensure people have access to the necessary resources to build safe and happy lives. Corrie has provided leadership and guidance to multiple organisations, helping them exceed their fundraising goals through major gifts, workplace campaigns, events, annual giving campaigns and legacy giving programs. She is very passionate about donor stewardship and organisational transparency. Corrie is also an experienced adult educator, board facilitator, program developer, community facilitator and strategic planner.
Ibrahim Inayatali brings over 34 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and the corporate sectors. For twenty years prior to joining Global Philanthropic, he held senior leadership positions at major universities, teaching hospitals and environmental think-tanks in Canada and overseas. His role at universities included associate vice-president, alumni and development at the University of Victoria, where he provided leadership to raise major, planned and annual gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations and manage alumni programs in 130 countries.
Nick Jaffer is a recognised, award-winning authority on major gifts, campaigns, board development and alumni engagement and President & CEO (Asia Pacific) for Global Philanthropic. Over his 28-year career in Canada and Australia, he has served both in-house and as consultant to clients within the education, health and medical research, arts and culture, public policy and community service sectors. Global Philanthropic clients Nick has worked with include University of Melbourne, National Gallery Singapore, International School of Beijing, United Nations Foundation, Cancer Council Australia, and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney amongst others. Prior to joining Global Philanthropic, Nick served in leadership positions at the University of Alberta, Curtin University and The University of Sydney, where, under his management, the team tripled the number of donors and grew annual fundraising revenues from $20M to $75M per year, leading into the university’s current AU$750M “Inspired” campaign. A Fellow of both the Fundraising Institute of Australia and Educate Plus, Nick is a non-executive Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People
Esther Jang is a seasoned relationship building professional with close to 20 years of successively senior roles in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to entering the fundraising sector, Esther was a successful marketing manager for Canada’s largest diamond manufacture. Transitioning to fund development, Esther has a proven track record of implementing successful fundraising programs, developing communication, community engagement and marketing programs. Over the years as a fundraiser, Esther has raised significant funds and has had the opportunity to work with senior volunteer committees, develop successful annual campaigns and create successful strategic plans.
Sabrina Kevany joined the team at O’Kennedy Consulting in 2017, specialising in the area of CSR, corporate philanthropy and partnerships. Sabrina has significant merged experience in big-brand and not-for-profit environments. Through her career, she has worked from concept to campaign with clients like BMW, The Irish Times, AIB, and Diageo. She has reviewed and renewed brand ethos, and created apt messaging in a for-profit climate, leveraging huge successes for the bottom line. Having worked as Fundraising & Communications Manager at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and subsequently as Head of Fund Development for Plan International Ireland, Sabrina thrives on a blank sheet of paper approach and manages projects on strategic re-branding, corporate partnerships, launch/refresh of smart CSR programmes and developing new bids.
Chuck LaFlèche currently serves as Executive Vice-President and Senior Consultant. Chuck has a proven track record of raising significant money for health care, and is widely recognised as a leader in health care fundraising in Canada. He has spent 35 years in progressively senior positions in public and private industry, including recently as the President and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg. Prior to joining the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Chuck worked as a VP-Finance for a publicly traded Healthcare Informatics firm, a professor at a Business School, and he founded Momentum Healthware, a health informatics company with sales in Canada, the US, Asia and Europe. Chuck has served on a number of IT and health industry related boards including the Conference Board of Canada Council of Foundation Executives. He served for 7 years on the Standards Council of Canada. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Chuck co-hosted The Health Report, a weekly radio show on CJOB in Winnipeg from 2010 to 2017.
Elaine Lalonde has held senior fundraising and leadership positions in Quebec including Director of Development for les Amis du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Director of Development for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. She served as the Campaign Manager for the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, and also provided campaign leadership to other key organisations including the Nature Conservancy Canada; Mackay Center Foundation; PROMIS; Villa Sainte-Marcelline Foundation; Fondation Collège de Montréal; NF Canada Foundation; Collège Stanislas; ENABLIS; and the Giant Steps Foundation. Elaine is also an active volunteer in the philanthropic sector, including serving as President of the Maison Chance Foundation and member of the Board of the Fondation des sans-abri, and President of the Villa Sainte-Marcelline Foundation. Elaine currently serves as a board member of the AFP Quebec Chapter. She worked in politics as a press secretary prior to her fundraising career.
Jeff Sodowsky, a former performing artist, Jeff began his relationship with not-for-profit organisations more than thirty years ago. As both an employee and community volunteer, he has spent many years helping charitable groups to navigate changing landscapes and to positively impact their communities. Jeff’s prior executive appointments include serving as the Chief Development Officer and Acting General Director for Vancouver Opera, Executive Director for Opera Cleveland, Education and Development Specialist for American Ballet Theatre, Director of Development for Kentucky Opera, Director of Education for Louisville Ballet and Director of Finance for a US Congressional campaign. Jeff has worked as a professional consultant and volunteer in the cultural, education and social sectors doing comprehensive planning, solicitor training and mentorship of fund-raising personnel. He’s been involved in developing strategic directions as well as managing through cutbacks and crisis, and has aided organisations in establishing planned giving programmes. He has worked as a permanent and contracted grant writer as well as having produced scores of special events. In addition to his CFRE, Jeff holds a Master of Arts from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as well as a Masters in Business Administration.
Richard Walker is a seasoned fundraising, development and business consultant. Feasibility assessment, Campaign, Major Donor and Corporate Philanthropy lead his skill set having completed work for WorldSkills International and the WorldSkills Foundation; the YMCA of Greater Toronto; North Island College; Victoria Hospice; the University of Alberta and others. Mr. Walker is a former Board Member of the Canadian Society of Fundraising Executives and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Victoria. He is an Alumnus of the Banff Centre School of Management and certification instructor and frequent presenter at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
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