Areas of expertise Fundraising and board development.
Range of services provided Development audits, strategic fundraising plans, donor surveys, board maps, case statements, annual campaign strategies, major gifts, planned giving, giving in memory programs, corporate sponsorships, special event planning, policy development, endowments, feasibility studies and board & community workshops.
Years spent providing services to the non-profit sector 27 years as a professional fundraiser
Abundance Fundraising Counsel provides services to a wide variety of non-profits with an emphasis on helping small to medium sized organizations achieve their fundraising potential by moving from a core culture of “scarcity” to one of “abundance”.
We believe that the non-profit agencies are the principle agents of change in our society, performing work worthy of support and deserving of investment. Abundance has the experience and knowledge to help your resource-stretched organization attract the support it deserves.
Abundance is an independent consultancy that strives to meet the specific and unique requirements of it clients. Abundance is not aligned with any particular fundraising product or methodology, rather works to design solutions that are sustainable within the limited resources available to most non-profit organizations. Clients include non profits in the arts, social services, sports, politics, religion and the environment.
Abundance helps your organization to put the right building blocks in place in order to create a solid base for support. This process can be compared to gardening wherein we can show you how to design your garden, prepare the soil, choose the best seeds and to sow them with care in cultivated ground. And we teach you how to pollinate, weed and fertilize so that you reap a bountiful harvest. We also ensure that you know how best to respond when donors blossom and offer you their fruit in abundance.
Willingness to travel
Based in Metro Vancouver, Abundance Fundraising Counsel travels throughout the province and Alberta.
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Client references - Here are some comments from clients;
This plan is awesome! You are truly skilled at what you do! I must re-iterate, though, that we are so, sooooo lucky to have your contributions to (our organization). Thank you!
"Over the years, Leslie has proven to be one of the few people I can really talk to about the nitty gritty of fundraising - the intricacies, the strategy details, the relationship building - she knows it all. Whenever I've shared a fundraising problem with her, she usually knows of a similar situation and often a solution or two. Leslie is a reliable resource."
"The response from all the staff as well as all the participants was very positive. The information was clear, concise and useful. Leslie provided the framework for moving forward in a progressive, positive manner. Her easy going manner facilitated open discussion and her knowledge left no questions unanswered."
"Her diverse fundraising experience over many years has provided her with the ability to assess situations quickly and make sound recommendations to enhance fundraising success. This makes her an ideal consultant."
"I teach at UBC and part of what I teach is how to ask questions - how to survey effectively. I must say that I was listening to your style as much as to the actual questions and you are remarkably good at engaging people. I felt that we were having a conversation and that you were not pushing my answers into little boxes."
"Thanks Leslie! We are doing quite the happy dance today. Within four days of meeting you, we landed a single gift for $26,000. I guess that fundraising workshop really took! Thanks to you, I knew what to do and how to ask when the opportunity presented itself."
"Yoda - help!!!"
"The first time I met with Leslie, I felt as though I had just entered non-profit therapy. What a relief!"