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hjc’s strategic consulting team brings together some of the most innovative thinkers in the nonprofit sector, and our in house production teams of designers, programmers and copywriters can do it all - delivering complete programs to engage your organization's core constituencies and advance your mission and mandate.

All that – and we still have time to cook, drum, tweet, snowmobile and eat chicken. Check out the hjc team below and scroll over our pictures to read our full bios.

Our Team

Mike Johnston

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston has been a fundraiser for over 23 years, and has worked with 100’s of nonprofit organizations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mike is an expert in direct response fundraising innovation and integrated campaigning – most especially in the use of new media technologies like the web and other new technologies and their integration with traditional direct response methods. He has helped raised over a billion dollars for his clients around the world.

He is the author of two books: The Fund Raiser's Guide to the Internet and The Nonprofit Guide to the Internet and the editor of two books: Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing, and Direct Response Fund Raising: Mastering New Trends for Results. Mike is also a contributor to numerous other books and magazines.

Mike is the President and founder of the global fundraising consultancy, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants and the co-founder of two global fundraising products, The Global Legacy Giving Group and the sports-based Pro Am Connection. Mike was a founding Board Member of the Washington-based e-Philanthropy Foundation, and was its first chair of its Education Committee. In addition, Michael was the founding Foundation Chair for the first global charity online lottery, www.globelot.com. He is currently the Chair of the Resource Alliance's Online Fundraising Conference, www.fundraisingonline.com, and the Founding Chair of the Integrated Marketing Advisory Board (www.imabgroup.net), a partnership of 12 of the leading fundraising agencies in North America.

Michael Johnston

Founder and President

Grew up in the country, loves the city. Mike is passionate about making the world a better place and travels around the globe to make it happen!

Connect:

mjohnston [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.210

F: 416.588.7156

Paul St Onge

Paul St Onge

Paul has been working in technology and digital for six years. As hjc's business development lead, he works with non-profit organizations to structure online and integrated fundraising solutions. Paul also works closely with multiple fundraising technology partners to ensure we offer clients a solution that fits their exact need. Prior to hjc, Paul spent four years working and consulting with software start-ups in Toronto. When he's not helping clients, he's on the basketball and volleyball court or out exploring the globe.

Paul St Onge

Business Development

Paul's been with hjc for 3 years and working in digital media for over seven years. He works in our Los Angeles office and is deeply involved in both Canadian & US consulting projects and business development.

Connect:

paul.stonge [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.305.5986

F: 416.588.7156

Mark Climie-Elliott

Mark Climie-Elliott, CFRE

Senior Advisor/Consultant

With more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit management, Mark has worked with organizations of all sizes and diverse sectors.

Connect:

mclimieelliott [at] me.com

T: 416.588.7780

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Mark acts as a Senior Advisor to hjc on business development and is a Producer of Media Projects. Mark has more than twenty-five years of experience as an award-winning Producer and Director of major documentary films for broadcasters such as the BBC, CBC, Discovery, National Geographic, PBS and many others. Mark applies this media experience through the creation of video based projects for clients such as SOS Children’s Villages, Amnesty International, St. Michael’s Hospital, Operation Smile and TVO. Mark also has a strong background in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Between 1991 and 1995, Johnston acted as a Chief Aide to British entrepreneur Anita Roddick, the Founder and Chief Executive of The Body Shop International PLC. During his tenure there, Johnston helped establish many of the original tenets of socially responsible business practices in the international business community.

Mark Johnston

Senior Advisor/ Media Producer

Mark advises on business development and is a Producer of Media Projects. He brings 25 years of TV documentary experience to create DRTV and PSAs for our clients.

Connect:

mark.johnston [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.254

F: 416.588.7156

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Matt works with a diverse range of local and global non-profit organizations helping them grow their online and offline supporter base using online tools. His work at hjc helps clients with the development of e-communications, online and integrated campaign strategy, planning and execution; online and integrated campaign site design; technology evaluation and implementation project management; and implementation and website redesign project management.

Matt graduated from the University of Southampton, UK with a B.Sc. in Politics and International Relations. He has also completed the Humber College postgraduate certificate in fundraising and volunteer management where he subsequently taught the third semester module called Advanced Fundraising (otherwise known as Online and Integrated Fundraising) for 3 years.

He is an authorized Convio Consultant in the Convio Solution Provider (CSP) certification program, meaning he has received formal training and testing on implementing and advising on strategy around Blackbaud’s Convio products. Matt is currently pursuing his Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).

Matt Barr

Manager, Digital Services / Senior Consultant

Matt's passion for his beloved Tottenham and TFC is only surpassed by his devotion to simple, functional and usable fundraising savvy websites.

Connect:

matt.barr [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.203

F: 416.588.7156

Tara Irwin

Tara Irwin

An experienced non-profit professional with online fundraising and individual giving expertise, Tara Irwin uses technology to identify and engage prospects and convert them into donors. She has developed successful integrated fundraising campaigns, online pledge events and cross-channel donor stewardship for organizations including BC Cancer Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB), and Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

Tara has a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College. A member and volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter, Tara is currently pursuing her CFRE designation.

Tara Irwin

Manager, Digital Services / Senior Consultant

Fundraising professional. Food enthusiast. Tara has a passion for cooking up a better world.

Connect:

tara.irwin [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.224

F: 416.588.7156

Emma Cosgrove

Emma Cosgrove

Emma comes from a lifetime of fundraising through volunteer work and organizing fundraising events since the day she learned to walk. She spent three years working at War Child Canada where she was an integral part of growing their fundraising program. Emma is excited to bring what she learned to other organizations. Emma is passionate and excited about the interactions between supporters and organizations. From volunteers to major donors, she sees the importance of every stakeholder and the potential role they can play in an organizations development and strives to help people make the difference they aspire to make as supporters of organizations.

Emma Cosgrove

Manager, Strategic Services / Senior Consultant

Emma's been fundraising since the day she learned how to talk. When she is not working on innovative fundraising approaches she is usually baking delicious cookies.

Connect:

emma.cosgrove [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.207

F: 416.588.7156

Jessica Lewis

Jessica Lewis

Jessica has been studying and working in the non-profit sector for over four years. She brings an expertise in social media communications within the arts sector, having published her master’s thesis on social media engagement best practices in American art museums. Jessica has worked in online marketing, event management and corporate sponsorship at non-profit cultural and higher education organizations in both Toronto and Chicago, including OCAD University, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Jessica spent over three years in the consumer packaged goods industry.

Jessica obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and has a master’s degree in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter and is pursuing her CFRE designation. Jessica currently sits on the Frocktail Party 2012 committee, which organizes an annual fundraising event in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jessica Lewis

Fundraising Innovation Consultant

When she is not flying between Toronto and Chicago, Jessica can be found on a running trail, at an art gallery opening or fundraising event.

Connect:

jessica.lewis [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.218

F: 416.588.7156

Cynthia Foster

Cynthia Foster

Cynthia is a fundraising copywriter and creative consultant, specializing in writing and editing copy for non-profits around the world. She infuses energy, emotion and passion into website copy, email and direct mail appeals, stewardship letters and every piece of the copy she writes. She captures a donor’s need to feel a part of the organizations they support and brings to life the work of a non-profit through her words. Cynthia writes copy for a wide range of organizations including: Heart and Stroke Foundation, National Cancer Coalition, Sunshine Foundation of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan and Ontario Divisions, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Humane Society International, Covenant House Vancouver, The Leprosy Mission UK and Wales, cbm Canada, TVO, and many other organizations.

Cynthia is a powerful writer with a solid understanding of integrated and online fundraising best practices. She has a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College in Toronto. From both her personal commitment to a number of non-profits and through research and working with so many non-profits, Cynthia has a deep understanding of donors for many different types of organizations. Cynthia currently sits on the Board of Directors for Peacefund Canada Foundation and has an active volunteer role in communications and fundraising for Peace Brigades International-Canada.

After attaining her Honours B.A. in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, where she focused on social inequality, Cynthia travelled for two years with the goal of experiencing what she had studied. She continues to travel whenever possible, driven by a need to understand through experience. When she is not writing or travelling, Cynthia enjoys reading, wandering around Toronto, watching documentaries, spending time with her family, writing letters to her sponsor child, and planning her next trip.

Cynthia Foster

Fundraising Copywriter and Creative Consultant

You can find Cynthia on a beach, writing and dreaming of human rights and peace. Now that's something we could copy, right?

Connect:

cynthia.foster [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext. 219

F: 416.588.7156

Alex Huebner

Alex Huebner

Alex started her fundraising career in 2007 as a student caller at the University of Waterloo. During a year abroad in the UK, she participated in a peer-to-peer adventure challenge fundraiser and helped organize community fundraisers, a charity concert and face-to-face London Tube events. After graduating, she worked in a small development and alumni affairs office and then moved into a planning giving fundraising role before coming to hjc.

She grew up in a small family wholesale business and self-taught herself the website and graphic design skills needed to create e-commerce platforms and various print marketing campaigns. She brings to her clients at hjc an understanding of balancing limited resources with trying to maximize the effectiveness of a campaign while integrating new projects into small teams.

She is also involved in non-profit management as the Vice-President of the Sunnybrook Volunteer Association. At hjc, she’s working on various consulting projects including Convio event strategy and implementations, digital communication audits, online and offline direct marketing integration campaigns and more.

Alex did a year of computer science and math before graduating with a B.A. in psychology, political science & peace and conflict studies. She’s still a nerd at heart.

Alex Huebner

Fundraising Innovation Consultant

Passionate about non-profit growth, technology, shoes and podcasts. This city dweller can be spotted at concerts, bike trails or selling real estate in Toronto.

Connect:

alex.huebner [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext. 212

F: 416.588.7156

Lindsay Sievewright

Lindsay Sievewright

Lindsay´s first contact with non-profits was as a volunteer and coordinator of ethical goods for an international aid organization as a student. After graduating, she gained valuable corporate experience working in the financial sector. Following this, she retrained as a teacher. After nearly 15 years in education, during which time she led a variety of fundraising initiatives for local charities, she felt ready for a new challenge and became European Fundraising Innovation Consultant for hjc. Over the last few years she has lead projects both in Europe and in Latin America. She is particularly interested in Legacy giving and has worked with organizations worldwide to help them discover hundreds of legacy gifts and to uncover real legacy and major gift potential within their donor bases.

Lindsay Sievewright

New Media Fundraising Innovation Consultant

You can take the girl out of Scotland but not the Scottish out the girl (not even after 15 years in Spain!) Writing great copy and meeting new challenges keeps her on her toes.

Connect:

lindsay.sievewright [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 607.727.913 - España

Hilary Grunewald

Hilary Grunewald

Hilary is excited to bring her passion and experience in digital fundraising to our team as a fundraising innovation consultant. Prior to joining the hjc team, Hilary was ‘thinking pink’ at Susan G. Komen Chicago where she managed digital fundraising and communications, corporate relations, events, social media and donor stewardship and engagement. She believes that the key to fundraising success is to find unique ways to highlight the important mission that our non-profit partners do every day.

Hilary obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology at Indiana University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago and is currently pursuing her CFRE designation. When she isn’t cheering on the Chicago Cubs or Indiana Hoosiers, you can find her spending time with her niece or being a volunteer foster mom for puppies from a local animal shelter.

Hilary Grunewald

New Media Fundraising Innovation Consultant

Indiana girl turned Chicago fundraiser. Tries to make things happen that people only dream about. Chocoholic living one day at a time with some ice cream. And a glass of wine. And some Chinese food.

Francis Lim

Francis Lim

Francis Lim came from a creative career in the retail industry. With his keen interest in the web, and combining his training in New Media Design and prior design experience, he joined hjc as a junior designer. Over the years he has tapped into his creative instinct and technical skills to help translate many clients’ visions into user-centered, successful campaigns.

He’s also a Convio authorized developer in the Convio Solution Provider (CSP) certification program. His inquiring mind and creativities enable him to be effective in web development, especially in customizing solutions in the Convio platform. Francis now work out of our Vancouver office.

Francis Lim

Lead Developer

One day while walking down Digital Ave Francis got tangled in the Web and discovered passion for Nonprofits and has since helped spin the Web of Change.

Connect:

francis.lim [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 604.568.7590 Ext.2

F: 604.732.4877

Daniel Abercrombie

Daniel Abercrombie

As design and creative manager, Daniel specializes in executing all creative aspects of a campaign, from concept and mock-ups to final production.

Daniel has been a designing exclusively for non-profits for over 7 years. He creates designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional with best practices in usability.

Daniel Abercrombie

Creative and Design Manager

Web Designer extraordinaire. Strives to create visual inspiration with an added flavour of fundraising functionality.
*3-D glasses sold separately*

Connect:

daniel.abercrombie [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext.215

F: 416.588.7156

Josh Skinner

Josh Skinner

Josh graduated from Centennial College with the Deans Award for Innovation in Graphic Design Media. He has design experience in the Ad Agency world, but has always believed that good design has a responsibility to do more than just sell a product. This belief lays the foundation for the work Josh does for clients at hjc. With his unique perspective of design, Josh works to incorporate the more human characteristics into design to create an emotional connection with the viewer, blending modern design with fundraising.

Josh Skinner

Designer and Developer

Josh eats sleeps and breaths design. His mission, to seek out new design and applications, to boldly take nonprofits where none have gone before.

Connect:

josh.skinner [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780

F: 416.588.7156

Cinthia Bunford

Cinthia Bunford

Cinthia has lived and volunteered abroad for three years. She is eager to become a matchmaker between donors and causes through finding the right online tools. She is passionate and excited to welcome, steward, and upgrade donors through creative online methods.

She graduated from McMaster University with a H.B.A. in combined Political Science and English/Cultural Studies, and is a recent graduate from the Humber Fundraising and Volunteer Management Post-Graduate Program.

Cinthia Bunford

Fundraising Innovation Coordinator

Cinthia was born wanting to see the world, and make it a better place. You can find her browsing travel rates, recipes, or at the farmer’s market.

Connect:

cinthia.bunford [at] hjcnewmedia.com

T: 416.588.7780 Ext. 223

F: 416.588.7156