Mena Gainpaulsingh

First Fridays

First Fridays is the IFC’s free fundraising seminar which takes place in a number of cities around the globe, including London, Milan and Amsterdam.

First Fridays will be starting in Toronto later this year.

Mena is an experienced fundraising consultant specializing in fundraising strategy development, capital campaigns, major donor development, grant writing, research and event management.

She has been working in the sector for 17 years, initially at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, where she worked on a capital campaign to build a new treatment centre.

Since leaving the Medical Foundation, she has run the trust program at Rights of Women and over the past 13 years has worked as a fundraising consultant for a number of organizations, including Starlight Children’s Foundation, Engineers Canada, Propeller Dance and HelpAge Canada.

Mena has served on the boards of the Institute of Fundraising, the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention 2010, Bhavan (Asian women’s refuge) and Rights of Women.  In Canada she has also sat on the Steering Committee of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Ottawa and was Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee of Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.  She currently sits on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ottawa Chapter and chairs Fundraising Day, an annual conference dedicated to the educational development of fundraising professionals.  She is also a Board member for the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mena has presented and delivered training internationally on strategy, major donor development, major donor research, bid writing and cultivating relationships to a range of audiences, including delegates at the 7th International Fundraising Workshop, Kiev, Medtronic Patient Link Workshop in Brussels, for AFP Ottawa and Volunteer Ottawa.

She holds the Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Institute of Fundraising.

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There is no IFC-Direct service or awards and we do not make donations to individuals or charities.