I am an experienced case consultant who has worked in fundraising communication since 1999. My work has helped reach funding goals of up to $100 million. For a partial client list, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
I have a Master of Arts degree in applied communication from Royal Roads University (2006). My thesis is the first study in Canada that examines the language of fundraising (a discourse analysis on the case for support) and contributes to a small body of knowledge that is emerging south of the border. It was nominated, by faculty, for the RRU Outstanding Thesis of the Year.
From 2006 to 2010, I served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Vancouver Chapter board of directors and am the immediate past chair of the AFP Vancouver satellite in the Fraser Valley.
I invite you to visit my website at http://www.febegalvezvoth.com
The long version
I don’t remember what I had done. But I remember that my dad was not impressed with me. I was six years old, and I had a spanking waiting for me. If only I could make him laugh, I thought. I was upstairs getting ready for bed. I stuffed a fluffy pillow into my PJ bottom, for padding and visual effect, and went downstairs, where the spanking was to be administered. He smiled. He laughed. Success. Spanking averted. At the time, that was the change I wanted to see in the world.
Now, some 40 years later, I “make the case” for charitable organizations. A case for support is a charity’s most important document. Strategically, it articulates the change you wants to see in the world in a way that is relevant and meaningful to the person at the other end. To excel at this kind of work one needs to be a student of the human condition–to be able to steer clear of a spanking.
I’ve learned a few things since I was six.
After graduating from college, I was hired by a post-secondary institution, now Norquest College. Young and inexperienced, but they believed in me and put me in charge of starting the College’s communications department. It was a great opportunity. I learned to set goals, create and manage plans, measure progress, meet deadlines, work on teams, lead. When I resigned, seven years after I started, I had the President’s Award of Excellence on my desk.
I spent the next five years working for the Government of Alberta’s Public Affairs Bureau. I joined the Bureau a year before Ralph Klein became Premier (and head of the Bureau). Klein brought in major reforms. It was an interesting time. I was fortunate to be assigned to work on the corporate portfolio for the department of Family and Social Service, which meant I wrote the Minister’s speeches, including a weekly radio address, managed the department’s briefing book; a comprehensive complication designed to help the Minister during Question Period. I wrote the department’s submission for the Throne Speech, annual reports, etc. I also worked with The Office for the Prevention of Family Violence, Daycare Programs and Aboriginal Affairs.
Next came a one-year stop in the private sector. I now lived to Calgary, Alberta and was a communications advisor at Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. Shortly after joining the company, it announced a merged with TransCanada Pipelines. I worked on the change communication team and left with a three-day-a-week contract to manage the gas-transmission division’s Y2K communications. (I spent New Year’s Eve in a bunker, which for national security purposes is not marked on any map.)
While working on the Y2K plan from a small office I had rented on 17th Ave. in Calgary, I was asked to develop the case for support for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. Soon after I came in contact with Ketchum Canada and started to develop cases, on a contract basis, for their clients.
I live just north of White Rock, British Columbia and work with clients from, well, all over. Technology and air travel have removed geographic barriers. Scroll down to see a list of organizations I have worked with.
In addition to my experience, my work is informed by a Master of Arts degree in applied communication from Royal Roads University (2006). My thesis is a discourse analysis on the case for support. It is the first study in Canada that examines the language of fundraising and contributes to a small body of knowledge that is emerging south of the border. My thesis was nominated, by faculty, for the RRU Outstanding Thesis of the Year.
I’ve volunteered with
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Vancouver Chapter, Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2006 – 2010
- AFP Vancouver, Chair, Fraser Valley Satellite, 2011 to 2012
- AFP Vancouver, Past Chair, Fraser Valley Satellite, 2012 to present
- Local charities
I’ve made a case for
- Anglican Diocese of Calgary
- Anglian Diocese of New Westminster
- Alberta Children’s Hospital
- Calgary Olympic Development Association
- Calgary Stampede and Exhibition
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Food for the Hungry (FH Canada)
- Capilano University
- David Suzuki Foundation
- HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Canada
- Keats Camps
- Lions Gate Hospital Foundation
- Northview Community Church
- Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation
- Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation
- Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
- STARS Air Ambulance
- The Salvation Army
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary
- University of the Fraser Valley
- University of Lethbridge
- University of Saskatchewan
- Vancouver Community College
- W.I.N.G.S of Providence, a second-stage women’s emergency shelter and crisis support organization
If you have questions or want to discuss working together, please visit my website at http://www.FebeGalvezVoth.com or contact me through the form below.