President’s Message

As the current President of the Lakehead Fundraising Association, I am truly excited to be working alongside a remarkable group of dedicated professionals. Your executive committee sincerely wishes to meet the needs of the membership and bring more professional development opportunities to the Fundraisers of our community. Each member of the executive comes with a unique set of talents and experience in the areas of event planning, fund development, donor stewardship, staff and volunteer management .  We as a group believe strongly in the mission of LFA- that by supporting each other in our quest to raise funds we can build a stronger community and a better quality of life for all.

As a fundraiser with over 10 years experience I also recognize the value of sharing ideas, resources and professional educational opportunities with like- minded individuals, therefore I invite you to become more engaged with Lakehead Fundraising Association. There are so many ways that you can share your experience and talents; join a committee, sit on the executive, facilitate a professional development session or mentor someone new to the world of fundraising. This association is for you, our members, and like anything else in life, the more you put into it, the more rewards you will reap. As your current President I am always open to suggestions and ideas and would appreciate an email if you have any ideas or input you would like to share.

I also would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important role that you play in building our community. Each and every one of us has at one time or another have personally benefitted from a fundraising event, charitable or volunteer organization. I cannot imagine a society without the programs, support, research, education and development that is driven by the not for profit sector. I am often awed by the passion, commitment, talents and enthusiasm that is unique to the volunteers working within, as well as the donors contributing to these charities and organizations. And so, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for inspiring and facilitating these generous acts.


It takes a whole village to raise a child-  it takes a whole community to improve the quality of life within.  It begins with each of us.


Wishing you much success in your efforts-

Dana Levanto