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.
As President, Don leads DCG in support of our team and clients. His in-depth 25 years 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, and creating inspiring communications.
Through his direct and engaged approach with volunteers, corporate and individual donors, DCG has a solid track record of securing large gifts and winning campaigns. A firm believer in transformative giving, he has personally worked alongside several donors committing gifts at the $10M plus, with many among the largest gifts in the country.
Don’s philanthropic interest in sharing his time, talent and treasure both strengthens countless non-profit organizations and benefits the people they serve. He eagerly shares his extensive knowledge in all aspects of fund development at board and staff meetings, workshops and conferences. Don also provides mentorship to numerous fund development professionals and pro-bono counsel to many small not-for-profit organizations.
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, 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 community investment strategy.
Ann has been responsible for raising over $100,000,000 for various charities around the globe in her 25+ years of fundraising and marketing. During her international career she has worked as a Senior Executive for organisations such as the Shaw Festival and Harbourfront Centre in Canada, and in the UK The British Library, The English National Opera and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Ann has experience working with global Foundations, philanthropists and corporations and has brokered a number of multi-partner funding-schemes as well creating innovative cause-related marketing relationships. She has spoken at conferences around the world on various fundraising, marketing and sponsorship topics. Ann recently returned home to Canada after living in the UK for 16 years.
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.’
Stephanie presented at the 2018 AFP Congress Fundraising Conference in Toronto on “Thundering Ahead – How Wanuskewin’s Campaign Became An Act of Reconciliation. She has also 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.
Cathie’s combined knowledge in business and as a community volunteer has made her the natural leader of operations at DCG. In her role on the executive team, Cathie is called upon to manage DCG through times of transition and growth. Cathie’s main focus at DCG is creating fund development programs for a variety of clients. In addition, she is responsible for policy development, human resources, finance and general administration.
Cathie has been instrumental in overseeing the creation of DCG’s fund development programming. Her vast experience in developing, building and implementing both small- and large-scale annual campaigns has contributed to DCG’s role as a leader in this area. Cathie also lends her expertise to Capital Campaigns, acting as an advisor and mentor for clients and DCG staff. Cathie has worked all across Saskatchewan, northern Alberta and Southern Ontario.
One of Cathie’s greatest strengths is training volunteers, where she 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 executive team.
Gregg brings a wealth of brand, marketing and digital experience, having held senior roles with LEGO, the NFL, Nokia and most recently the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League where Gregg was VP of Marketing and Business Development. The Roughriders are among the top pro sports brands in Canada and recently opened a new $300M stadium. Gregg led brand development, marketing, private fundraising, digital media, CRM and ticketing functions. Prior to the Riders Gregg spent eight years with Nokia Mobile Phones where he was Global Director of Media Partnership Development and Marketing, driving mobile content adoption with some of the world’s largest media brands. Gregg also served as Director of Consumer Products with the National Football League, and Managing Director of the LEGO toy group’s Media division in North America, where he led brand, marketing, sales functions for LEGO interactive products.
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.
For 30 plus years, Doug played a significant role in strengthening fundraising efforts and alumni relations at the University of Saskatchewan. His experience encompasses the key aspects of fund development: annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns.
Through Doug’s leadership and expertise the university’s last campaign, “Thinking the World of our Future,” raised $152 Million for numerous priority projects throughout the institution.
Doug’s fundraising career began as an Administrative Officer within the Division of Extension and Community Relations in 1980. He was subsequently promoted to Director of Advancement Projects, Director of Planned Giving, Director of Development, and Associate Vice-President of Development. In this latter capacity, Doug was responsible for resource development as well as management of targeted avenues of revenue generation and strategic partnerships.
In 2011, Doug’s peers recognized his contribution with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraiser of the Year Award.
Doug enjoys working with old and new colleagues and clients on fundraising projects important to our community, pursuing his obsession with golf, and heading south each winter with his wife Sheila.
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.
Fundraising and community development form the heart of Kathleen’s career. Her tool kit, perfected through experience with a diversity of organizations, encompasses relationship building, volunteer engagement, major gift cultivation, capital campaigns, large scale events, communications, and grants.
Kathleen’s capabilities and organizational skills come together whether she’s managing a major gift program, organizing an event, or producing an annual campaign plan.
Contributing to the community has always been an important aspect of both her professional and personal life. She has encouraged the progress of others by mentoring via Business for the Arts and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter. In 2015, Kathleen was among the founding members of Saskatoon’s successful Nuit Blanche, a free night-time celebration of arts and culture.
Kathleen credits travel for her personal growth, appreciation of different cultures and desire to live in a globally responsible manner. Her passions include cross-country skiing, all-day breakfast, and listening to CBC radio.
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.
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.
Jan believes enthusiasm, a love of learning and a desire for new experiences are the most important attributes to bring to work. She brings all three to DCG, plus an exceptional blend of knowledge and experience enabling clients to achieve their vision and long-term goals.
Working in education, health care and the non-profit sector for more than twenty-five years has provided her with a unique perspective of the challenges charitable organizations face everyday. In these roles, she honed her writing and project management skills, including the essential elements for successful development programs including annual, major, monthly, planned and capital campaign fundraising.
Jan began her career in philanthropy leading the North Central Health District Imagine Coming Homecapital campaign and co-founded a health care foundation that continues to raise money for local needs. Having met that challenge, she went on to implement and lead fundraising programs for small to mid-size non-profits.
Energized by travel at home and abroad, Jan has lived and worked in six provinces while trekking the globe for the past 32 years, including work sabbaticals with her family in India, France, Australia and Ecuador. Between expeditions, she views life as a journey and sees how volunteering enables individuals to be more than a passive traveler. Jan has been engaged in the voluntary sector at both local and national levels in a variety of capacities.
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.