Heather has a rich background in international development both in terms of education and fieldwork. She made the transition from program development to fundraising when she moved from the United States to Canada in 2004. After completing the Humber College program in Fundraising & Volunteer management, she started her fundraising career as the Development Officer, Special Events, at Plan Canada where she championed the use of online fundraising tools for various campaigns and events, including Gifts of Hope, Plan's alternative gift catalogue.
Heather then became a fundraising consultant with hjc (Hewitt & Johnston
Consultants) - a world leader in interactive and integrated fundraising. Her clients included cbm (Christian Blind Mission), Ovarian Cancer Canada, and The National Cancer Coalition, who she helped develop cutting-edge online fundraising and advocacy campaigns. She is recognized for her ability to operate successfully in a cross-organizational manner resulting in full engagement from multiple stakeholders and truly integrated programs.
She has conducted turnkey integrated fundraising audits for several clients, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, Rick Hansen Foundation, Parkinson Society Canada and the Canadian Red Cross Society.
Heather then joined the Ontario SPCA in October 2012 as the Senior Manager, Integrated Fund Development. Her mandate included managing the direct response program, as well as optimizing systems and processes to enhance the donor experience and raise more money for the organization.
She returned to hjc in 2013 as a Senior Fundraising Advisory working on complex, strategic projects and integrated marketing initiatives.