In 2017, Wanuskewin Heritage Park launched Thundering Ahead, a $40 Million multi-faceted national capital fundraising campaign. By engaging in meaningful diversity at all levels of the campaign, it has achieved unprecedented success. Learn how consultants, corporate donors, Indigenous and non-Indigenous governance systems, and a wide variety of stakeholders came together to support a small community project with internationally-significant dreams.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand how meaningful engagement in diversity can strengthen a capital campaign and an organization
2. Develop skills in communicating with multiple stakeholders
3. Learn how non-profits and consultants can work together in an integrated way

Stephanie Hughes, MBA, CFRE

Campaign Director

DCG Philanthropic Services

Fueled by collaboration, creative energy and concrete results, Stephanie Hughes exudes a drive to connect with people and to deliver value that fits the overall fundraising and campaign objectives. Using her marketing and finance background, she delivers clarity and direction in evaluating and executing strategy. Stephanie also draws on her consulting, corporate and academic experience. As a professional fundraiser she has managed feasibility studies, directed campaigns, and positioned asks and materials for targeted stakeholders. Most recently, Stephanie directed Wanuskewin Heritage Park’s $40 million Thundering Ahead Capital Campaign. She has presented to numerous boards, government funding agencies, prospects and clients, both in person and via webinars. Stephanie teaches a class in Entrepreneurial Marketing at the Edwards School of Business, where her students’ creativity and ideas continually inspire her. To advance educational opportunities within the fundraising world, she has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter, most recently as Past-President. She is a Director for the Saskatoon Friendship Inn. When she’s not serving clients or teaching, Stephanie feeds her shoe addiction, practices rock star kicks, and lifts very heavy weights. 

Tara Janzen, B.Comm

Development Manager

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Tara Janzen is the Development Manager at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon and has most recently managed Thundering Ahead, a $40 million national capital fundraising campaign. In addition to her role as a fundraiser, she is responsible for Wanuskewin’s application for UNESCO World Heritage designation. Tara has over a decade of experience in fundraising, financial analysis and government relations in Saskatchewan and Ontario. An active contributor and participant in community arts and culture, she was a founding board member of Saskatoon's Nuit Blanche Contemporary Arts festival. Tara is President of Heritage Saskatchewan’s Board of Directors, Diversity Chair of the Saskatoon Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a member of Saskatoon's Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee. Tara has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a registered yoga teacher. In 2017, she began graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan.