About Us

Our Mission: Helping you achieve yours.

You need to raise money. And you’re doing lots of things right. But you need some help to bring all the pieces together - to create the enabling ecology that will support a fundraising program.

To be successful at fundraising, you need to learn skills and best practices. But you also need to learn how to think strategically, be flexible and build relationships. Fundraising is both an art and a science. The Fundraising Lab will help you learn both.

After 20 years of teaching fundraising in college and university, and over 25 years of working as a front-line fundraiser and consultant, I developed the Fundraising Lab to share fundraising skills and best advice with even more people. And I’m bringing some of the best professionals in the sector together to share their knowledge, too.

We can’t wait to help you change your corner of the world.



Cathy Mann, MA, CFRE | The Fundraising Lab President


The Fundraising Lab Team

Cathy Mann | MA, CFRE

Strategic, action-oriented, award-winning and with a wealth of experience gleaned over three decades in the charitable sector, Cathy takes a hands-on approach to creating measurable and sustainable results for her clients.

A multi-award winning fundraiser, Cathy is most recently recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter. In 2015, Cathy was recognized by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for excellence in scholarship and during her tenure as Executive Director, Frontier College Foundation won the “Excellence in Fundraising for Small Shops Award,” from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals, representing 30,000+ fundraisers from 7 countries.

As Academic Coordinator of Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program at the Chang School of Continuing Education (from 2008 to 2018) Cathy has influenced the profession and professionals in Toronto and across Canada. With 20 years of teaching College and University students, Cathy brings her teaching experience to every client and project she works on.

Anne LeMesurier | MA

As an expert in database management, fundraising technology and digital giving, Anne is the brains behind the operational infrastructure and systems side of the business. She helps clients achieve optimum information flow, streamlined and simplified processes, and strong digital strategies that spike awareness and measurably increase donor giving at every level. Prior to working with Cathy, Anne supported a successful $1.2 million endowment campaign, provided bequest programming support balancing database, reconciliation with finance, board support and programming.

Nicole Beatty | CFRE

Nicole Beatty is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who has raised over $30 million for causes worldwide and co-founded four charities and two social enterprises. Nicole has been consulting for more than a decade, specializing in capacity building, operational planning, coaching, and development services for non-profit organizations, social enterprises and other community-minded businesses.  In 2018, Nicole was elected municipal Councillor for her hometown, Cobourg, Ontario, and appointed the Planning and Heritage portfolio. Nicole is an avid reader and writer, a social justice advocate, and loves outdoor adventures, yoga and bicycles. Nicole earned her BA Hons from the University of Ottawa and received a post-graduate certificate from Ryerson University.

Isabel Botha

After spending over 15 years as a writer in the corporate and marketing agency environment, Isabel has found her niche in the non-profit sector. She loves writing meaningful, donor-focused content, particularly for social media and direct mail campaigns.
She serves on the board of the Peterborough and Area Fundraisers Network as its Communication Specialist, and together with the rest of the team looks forward to growing a strong, inclusive and ethical network of fundraisers in her hometown, Peterborough.

Jackie Black

Working in digital design, Jackie focuses on the visual aspects of the Fundraising Lab. She aims to curate online spaces which are both usable and enjoyable for all users, while ensuring that the Fundraising Lab's presentation accurately reflects the incredible work being executed from within. 

As a graduate of Ryerson's Creative Industries program, Jackie's interests lie at the crossroads of business and creativity, as she looks to align her technical skills with causes that support social change.