About Us

Our Mission: Helping you achieve yours.

 

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

You know that to be successful, you need to have specific skills and know best practices. You also need to learn how to think strategically, be flexible and build relationships.

What we know: Wherever you need help, we’ll meet you where you are.

Because fundraising is complex…but we’re here to help simplify it.

In helping hundreds of organizations and thousands of students for more than two and half decades, I wanted to create a learning and support hub for you. To help you get where you need to go and see the impact you envision for the communities you serve.

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 and award-winning. Cathy has a wealth of experience in the charitable sector spanning more than two and a half decades. And what’s great about Cathy – she’s hands on. It’s in her DNA to help people and she’s never happier than working with clients to help them achieve measurable and sustainable results. 

Here are some of her awards:

  • 2018 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter
  • Excellence in scholarship by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Excellence in Fundraising in Small Shops Award from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals representing 30,000+ fundraisers from 7 countries

As a seasoned fundraising professional and former teacher and Academic Coordinator of Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program, Cathy has not only influenced the profession, she has influenced the professionals in Toronto and across Canada. With her collective experience, Cathy offers a breadth and depth of solutions to her clients rarely seen in the fundraising community.

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, managed fundraising database and digital giving infrastructure, provided 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.