President’s Message

Lakehead Fundraising Association 2019

President’s Message

I am so pleased to be standing here again this year and to be seeing so many familiar faces. For those of you whom I haven’t had the chance to meet yet, my name is Stephanie Paxton, I am the Fundraising Coordinator at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the President of the Lakehead Fundraising Association.

I am so excited about the year ahead of us. We are starting off strong with a completely new look that symbolizes the unity of our membership and the collaborative nature of the LFA. I want to say thank you to Kirsten Untinen from George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation, for creating this important new branding image for us. She worked hard to bring to light the core of what the Lakehead Fundraising Association is all about.

As we move forward into 2019, we are planning to launch a new marketing campaign that will bring more awareness to the community about the nature of fundraising in Thunder Bay, which is very much needed at this time in our field. I cannot tell you the number of times I have told people I am a fundraiser, and have heard “Oh, so do you like do bake sales and such?” Fundraising is so much more than bake sales, tea parties and flea markets. I don’t have to tell you that there is a whole science behind what we as fundraising professionals do, and the challenges that we face on a daily basis can be intense.

In light of this, I stand here on behalf of the LFA Executive Board of Directors and promise to you that we as a committee will ensure that you, the next generation of fundraisers, WILL have the tools, resources and education that YOU need to be successful in your roles.

My time here with the LFA has taught me a lot of things, most importantly of which is that we do not stand alone in our fundraising efforts. We stand together, as a team, to work towards creating a healthy and vibrant community. We may not individually have all of the resources we need, but together we can lift each other up to ensure success across each and every organization!

Thank you all for the work that you do, and the inspiration you bring to your team.

Stephanie Paxton

President, Lakehead Fundraising Association

Development Officer, Thunder Bay Art Gallery