Picture this. You are sitting in a meeting. You share your ideas about an appeal campaign. You look around the room and think to yourself, "I'm an imposter and I don't really know what I am doing. All of my colleagues think I am an imposter too."

You are not alone.

Imposter Syndrome in the fundraising sector is very common.

In this session, I will share my story. I will reveal how I battled Imposter Syndrome with donors, my ED, with Board Members and colleagues.

We will break down the barriers and stigma. We will address these challenges and share some proven techniques for managing these feelings of failure and self-doubt. As a professional fundraiser with 27 years of experience, I will share real life examples of how this affected my career. Most importantly, I will share how I manage these challenges and thrive in the profession I love!

Learning Outcomes:

1. Learn what Imposter Syndrome is and how to identify it in your own career

2. Learn how to manage Imposter Syndrome with strategies

3. Learn how to support one another in our career path, so everyone in our organization thrives

Sam Laprade, CFRE


Gryphon Fundraising

Sam loves to connect people!

As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in her community.

Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, in fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.

Over a 28-year period Ms. Laprade has raised money for important charities in her community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation.

In 2009, Sam started as Director, Gryphon Fundraising (www.gryphonfundraising.com). Ms. Laprade shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide.

In addition to her work with Gryphon Fundraising, in October 2017, Sam launched her full-time consultancy to assist non-profits with fundraising strategy, stewardship, board relations, coaching and audits.

Ms. Laprade is an engaging speaker who receives high ratings.  Her speaking engagements include: AFP International Conference, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and AFP Congress (Canada).  Sam was the keynote speaker at the Closing Plenary for AFP Congress 2018.

Sam is the creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News, Ottawa. This show highlights non-profit organizations in Ottawa, Canada.