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A Bit About Lorna Visser

I bring to your organization more than 30 years’ experience as a:

  • Consultant to mission-driven organizations, have worked with more than 100 groups to “Help Make Good Organizations Better”
  • Fundraising maven
  • Newspaper journalist, magazine writer and editor
  • Corporate communications professional
  • Executive Director of a non-profit organization
  • Foundation grant maker and board member
  • Researcher and advisor to foundations
  • Fundraising professional with two national charities
  • Development Manager, supervised a department of 8 and raised more than $4 million/year
  • Advertising and strategic communications specialist with 18 years in the oil industry in Calgary, Alta.
  • Organizational effectiveness and strategic planning advisor to small businesses and charitable organizations
  • Accomplished trainer, keynote speaker at conferences, engaging and energetic workshop presenter
  • Facilitator for board retreats and meetings
  • Researcher (feasibility studies, sustainability planning, enterprising non-profits, grants research)
  • Community activist and experienced board member



Here are some of my Carmanah Strategies workshops.  Customized workshops can be developed to meet your organization’s specific needs.

Fund Development

  • Who Are Your Donors and How Can You Reach Them?
  • Planned Giving: Are You Ready to Receive Planned Gifts?
  • Raising the Really Big Dollars: Successful Capital Campaigns
  • Get Those Grants (building win-win relationships with foundations, government & corporate funders)
  • Fearless Fundraising: The Nuts ‘n’ Bolts of Raising More
  • Develop Your Strategic Fundraising Plan

Social Marketing & Communications

  • Lights, Camera, Action — You’re On The Air (hands-on media spokesperson training)
  • Now I Can Hear You (developing messages that motivate)
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Your Communications Plan
  • Defining and Communicating Your Mission and Positioning
  • Social Marketing: Encouraging Behaviour Change


Remember, Carmanah Strategies will custom-design a course for your organization.

To reach Lorna Visser: 250-358-2722