This entertaining and informative session will provide inspiration, motivation and most importantly practical tactics for you to take home and implement immediately to transform your way of life and work from survival to "thrival". This session will tackle the biggest challenges that fundraising leaders face and offer tools to help overcome things like dysfunctional Board members, under performing staff, a perceived lack of resources and unrealistic expectations, whether they are too high OR too low. It all starts with shifting your mindset and that of others around you, to free you up to create a world in which you and your team are thriving rather than just surviving. While not targeted specifically to small organizations, this session will be useful for those who work in small organizations where challenges can be amplified and you have the freedom to turn on a dime.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to have productive, inspiring and collaborative relationships and conversations with their senior volunteers and Board of Directors
  2. Be inspired to think bigger and motivate your team and organization to dream about stretching toward possibilities, while exploring your own assumptions and limiting beliefs blocking you from achieving greater success
  3. Advance a philanthropic culture so that your whole team sees the fun in fundraising
  4. Learn how to keep your Board, staff and you focused on the biggest opportunities that will advance your mission (and how to say no to the rest)

Rickesh Lakhani, MBA, CFRE

Executive Director

Future Possibilities for Kids

Rickesh Lakhani passionately believes that every donor deserves to feel excellent about giving, and that the duty of a fundraiser is to bring passion towards enhancing the donor experience every day. He is adamant about always putting people first, then process, and that fundraisers, charities and social profit groups should not be afraid to have a personality. Rickesh is the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, where they provide leadership and life skills development programs for children and youth from underserved communities. Prior to this, Rickesh was the Director, Campaign at United Way York Region, leading an $8M annual fundraising campaign. He serves as VP Governance on the Board of Directors for the Association for Fundraising Professionals of Greater Toronto and is an organizer of Be Good Be Social York Region, a conference promoting social media for social good.





Kimberley MacKenzie, CFRE

Fundraising/Management Consultant

Kimberley MacKenzie & Associates

Kimberley is passionate about building the capacity of the third sector and works with a variety of organizations to advance a culture of philanthropy for their important work. For over 16 years she has been transforming fundraising programs and delivering double-digit growth. Kimberley also serves as Editor of Canada’s leading weekly fundraising resource Hilborn’s eNEWS, is a member of the Advisory Council for the Rogare Think Tank in Plymouth University, UK, is the Director of Education for the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County and is currently writing her first book called The Authentic Fundraiser: How get transformative results for you and your organization. You can contact Kimberley via @kimberleycanada, email her, or visit: