Learn and discover how to use the skills of improvisation in your fundraising conversations. The fundraising industry is ever changing and donors are becoming more savvy and discriminatory. In this saturated market, how do you stand apart? By learning simple improvisation techniques, you will learn to engage your donors by making them feel included in your story.

Time to break out of your comfort zone with communication skills that will help you dazzle at donor meetings, be persuasive in the board room and attract audiences to your cause.

Marjorie Malpass


Nerve Strategic

Marjorie Malpass is a professional actor, writer, corporate coach and founder of Nerve Strategic.As an actor, Marjorie began her career at 14 with a tiny part in the CBC film, "The Private Capitol" in Ottawa. Career highlights include: touring internationally with Axis Theatre's "The Number 14"including stops in Italy, Finland, Denmark and on Broadway, playing three stalkers in one year for a play, a TV show and a film, and being the voice of the first ever female Mini Wheat. Marjorie creativity delivers bold communication, presentation and performance skills to the corporate sector. Businesses such as GM, Xerox, Royal Caribbean, TD Bank and senior personnel at various levels of government have learnt from her. Combining her knowledge of the corporate world and the entertainment industry, Marjorie recently provided On-Camera coaching for all three of the new Dragon's on the CBC hit show, Dragon's Den.

Layne, The Auctionista, BAS


Layne Talent Inc.

Layne Talent Inc. is a leading-edge company that brings the power of philanthropy, humanity, energy and entertainment to every endeavor.

Layne is “The Auctionista”; Canada’s “Philanthro-tainer” and fundraising powerhouse who is devoted to “moving the dial on philanthropy”. Dedicated to exercising creative instincts to inspire giving, Layne delivers intuitive and entertaining live fundraising experiences as well as professional development, training and talent development.

Layne’s professional fundraising career includes six years as Director of Development in the NFP sector and almost a decade as a Certified Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (National Auctioneer’s Association).

With niche expertise and innovative strategy, Layne has helped raised millions of new found dollars to organization’s bottom lines.

“After discovering the power of improvisational techniques, my communication outcomes improved and now I allow my instincts to guide me self-expression”.