DCG associates combine varied talents with dedication to building professional fund development strategies to create lasting relationships between the organizations we serve, and their donors and volunteers.
Don’s goal is to help make a difference in the community by empowering the non-profits that enrich people’s lives.
His life path combines working in the fund development industry for more than 25 years with dedicating considerable leisure time to varied volunteer responsibilities.
Don’s philanthropic interest in sharing his time, talent and treasure both strengthens countless non-profit organizations and benefits the people they serve.
As President, he eagerly shares his extensive knowledge in all aspects of fund development at board and staff meetings, workshops and conferences in Saskatchewan and beyond. Don also provides mentorship to numerous fund development professionals and pro-bono counsel to many small not-for-profit organizations.
His experience and training encompass planning fund development strategy, building an integrated development program, engaging donors and volunteers, managing capital campaigns, soliciting major and legacy gifts, creating inspiring communications, and achieving professional designation.
Over the years, Don has served leadership roles with the following professional development organizations: Canadian Association of Gift Planners – Saskatoon (CAGP); Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Saskatoon Chapter; and Saskatoon Society of Fundraising Executives (SSFRE). After achieving his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation from AFP, he has taught several fund development workshops and seminars.
At DCG, Don has shaped a team with diverse skills that takes an “all hands on” approach to working collaboratively with clients seeking fund development expertise and management services.
Kent’s strategic knowledge of the ‘art and science of fundraising’ encompasses all avenues of fund development with a focus on building lasting, mutually enriching, donor relationships.
He began his philanthropic career in 2007 as the fundraiser for the College of Kinesiology/Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan. His devotion to learning and skill as a fundraising leader enabled him to advance to Executive Director – Development, with oversight of all development activity raising $33M/yr.
Since joining DCG, Kent was Campaign Director for the University of Saskatchewan’s Home Ice Campaign, which achieved its $29M goal and is currently Campaign Director on three other community fundraising campaigns.
Kent values time spent with his wife Judy and their three adult children. They enjoy hiking, cycling, and attending local theatre productions.
His interest in health and wellness involves training and participating in triathlons and long distance running. Qualifying and participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon provides a checkmark on his bucket list.
Fueled by collaboration, creative energy and concrete results, Stephanie exudes a drive to connect with people and to deliver value that fits the overall fundraising and campaign objectives. Using her marketing and finance background, she delivers clarity and direction in evaluating and executing strategy. Stephanie also draws on her consulting, corporate and academic experience.
As a professional fundraiser she has managed feasibility studies, directed campaigns, and positioned asks and materials for targeted stakeholders. Stephanie’s experience is reflected in DCG’s presentation ‘Anatomy of a Campaign.’
She has presented to numerous boards, government funding agencies, prospects and clients, both in person and via webinars. Stephanie also teaches a class in Entrepreneurial Marketing at the Edwards School of Business, where her students’ creativity and ideas continually inspire her.
To advance educational opportunities within the fundraising world, she has served as professional development chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter.
When she’s not serving clients or teaching, Stephanie feeds her shoe addiction, practices rock star kicks, and lifts very heavy weights.
She combined knowledge gained as a community volunteer and in business when assuming an instrumental role in establishing, and then managing the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation. After developing the foundation’s policies and financial systems, Cathie engaged more than 90 parishes in the successful Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Her understanding of fund development flourished, when she became one DCG’s first associates. She now serves clients as a creative professional with expertise in structuring and organizing fund development programs and campaigns.
Cathie’s achievements encompass: launching an annual campaign for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon; producing a fund development plan for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta; and supporting capital campaigns for Merlis Belsher Place, the University of Saskatchewan’s new ice facility, and St. Ann’s Home.
While training volunteers, Cathie applies skills from many years of conducting educational sessions. She likes to learn, as well as teach. Her fund development expertise is acknowledged by a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).
Cathie’s value to DCG and its clients is evident from her leadership on the senior management team.
Dedication, enthusiasm and creativity are Angela’s most visible attributes. To fundraising she also brings the capability to promote causes, communicate key messages, and foster relationships with donors, volunteers and other stakeholders.
Her ability to connect with a variety of people and her educational background enables Angela to successfully motivate and train campaign teams. In addition, her attention to detail adds value whether she’s conducting a feasibility study or developing marketing tools.
Angela considers fundraising rewarding, because the worthy causes, generous donors, and incredible volunteers all find their way into her heart.
Before entering the field of fundraising, Angela: taught elementary school; was responsible for administrative tasks in a university library; freelanced as a graphic designer; set up an investor relations office, then created communication tools to nurture those relationships; and increased cohesiveness within a university college, while enhancing the graduate student experience.
Angela contributes countless volunteer hours to the community and experiences a busy family life with her husband Frank. During her (almost non-existent) free-time, she can be found searching for a hidden geocache or at the family cottage on Wakaw Lake.
Cass has achieved success across the spectrum of fundraising techniques. Her involvement spans corporate sponsorship, grant application preparation, donor prospect research and gift solicitation, feasibility studies, capital campaign management, policy and procedure development, plus soliciting major and planned gifts.
As Co-Founder/Executive Producer of the Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival and Founder of the Flicks: Saskatchewan International Children’s Film Festival, Cass developed strong contacts within Saskatoon’s business, civic, arts and education communities. While Manager of Major and Planned Gifts at the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, she guided the team to a very successful capital campaign.
Believing volunteerism is vital to the health and success of every community, Cass has been very active both at local and national levels as a leadership volunteer.
Her accomplishments have been recognized with a YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Rotary Annual Achievement Community Award, and CFQC/CTV Saskatoon Citizen of the Year, along with children’s festival co-founder Joan Flood.
Most important to her is being the mother of two sons and grandmother to 2 grandsons.
Identifying the needs of people and organizations, then responding in ways that improve lives makes Rhonda’s day. Her inquisitive nature means she asks many questions in the process.
DCG’s clients benefit from her proficiency with communications, sponsorships, public relations, training, and event planning, along with her fund development knowledge.
Rhonda is a doer, change maker and lifelong learner with experience in both the non-profit and business sectors.
Her commitment to customer service, creativity and relationship building grew during the 10 plus years Rhonda operated her own business. Other skills were honed, when she worked on the fund development and alumni relations team at St. Thomas More College on the University of Saskatchewan campus, and in administration and human resources at KPMG.
Rhonda’s appreciation for people as individuals, and desire to make a difference in their lives, was further enhanced by her training and certification as a personal development facilitator and as a fitness instructor.
She volunteers regularly with the Connect Church and the Saskatoon French School, and as time allows, with community serving organizations like the Lighthouse Supported Living.
Rhonda describes a thirst for learning through courses, mentors, and life experience as a theme in her personal and professional life.
Ticia’s community-minded spirit energizes her desire to make a difference wherever she lives. Enhancing people’s quality of life creates a common link between her work and volunteer roles.
As a DCG Associate, Ticia eagerly strengthens a broad range of community-serving non-profit organizations by sharing her experience related to major gifts, capital campaigns, grants writing, sponsorships, and special events.
Her knowledge extends to other fields beneficial to fund development including marketing, public relations and customer service. In addition, Ticia’s interpersonal skills enable her to foster beneficial partnerships between corporations and not for profit organizations.
The value Ticia places on professional development is reflected in her membership in Regina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, and Regina Women’s Network.
Ticia’s volunteer roles have varied greatly as she moved from one community to another during her husband Jamie’s pro hockey career.
In their present home of Regina, she’s a behind-the- scenes co-founder of the Shooting Stars Foundation, which organizes events then donates the proceeds to charities serving children. She also speaks as an advocate for the prevention of brain injuries, especially concussions.
Jenn’s years managing community investments for a major energy company provides DCG’s clients with the prospective from the other side of fundraising. Her understanding of how corporations view giving back to their communities and her strategic mind-set generate carefully planned asks. Her keen eye to detail, thorough research, and solicitation strategies enable our clients to further develop both individual and corporate revenue streams for capital and sponsorship.
She has been recognized for thinking outside the box to analyze the big picture and identify connections within both the business sector and larger community. As a member of the DCG team, Jenn also shares her valuable experience and comprehension of communications, program development and management, event planning, and report preparation.
After Jenn moved to Saskatoon from Calgary, we discovered that Alberta’s loss was Saskatchewan’s gain. She originally followed the trend to head west to find work, after graduating from university in her Newfoundland home.
Jenn’s life goal is to learn as much as possible from as many people as possible! With that in mind, she has travelled to 29 countries on 4 continents.
Conducting feasibility studies, researching funders and describing compelling reasons to support a cause flow naturally from Heather’s skill set.
She delivers all three, plus other fund development and communication services at DCG.
Heather easily moves from interacting with a client’s board directors, managers, employees, donors, stakeholders and the people it serves to writing and editing cases for support, proposals for prospective supporters, reports, and news releases.
Her eye is always on how the organization enriches the lives of children, youth, adults, seniors or families.
She sees the benefits to people as the focal point whether the client is providing healthy food, quality care, appropriate housing, empowering education, or enjoyable leisure activities ranging from sports and recreation to the arts.
When telling their stories, Heather draws on experience from a career she describes as having two parts: as a journalist, followed by varied roles in the non-profit sector.
The latter encompasses capital campaign associate at DCG and for a special care home, Executive Director for a healthcare charity, volunteer coordinator in the health region, and Grants Manager at the Saskatoon Community Foundation.
Heather’s career path reflects her curiosity, interest in lifelong learning and desire to enhance people’s quality of life.
Superior communication, marketing, research, event planning and relationship building – all key elements of fundraising – make up Christine’s solid skill-set. She brings an eye for detail and a polished, professional presence to every aspect of her service to DCG’s clients.
Christine’s experience incorporates well-conducted and managed campaign planning, volunteer training and management, and campaign strategy. She is an effective communicator whose past experience extends to attracting foreign investment to the province and developing positive communications and investor relations for a mining company.
She has a passion for government and public policy, and regularly shares her government relations expertise with other members of the DCG team. Her interest has led to local and provincial political involvement as well as volunteering with the AFP Canadian Government Relations Committee.
Christine continues to be highly involved in the community, and serves on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Housing Authority and The Saskatchewan Party. She was awarded The Governor General of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions and achievements in athletics, political involvements and community service.
She is an avid runner, having competed with the Huskies Cross Country and Track & Field teams in university, and most recently completing the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Jim is much more than a numbers guy. When working with finance and trusts at the University of Saskatchewan, he shared the importance of ensuring donors know the impact of their gifts. This is especially vital to encouraging planned or legacy gifts, an area Jim thoroughly understands as a long-time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. His knowledge of donor relations combined with his accounting experience means his expertise has been sought both on campus and by charities in the broader community. Jim especially enjoys strengthening fund development programs by answering questions about Canada Revenue Agency regulations, Gift Acceptance Agreements, along with policies, guidelines and terms of reference. Jim’s versatility has been proven by his varied roles in construction, agriculture, oil and gas, and engineering.