Donna Tennant

Donna has worked for twenty years as an independent, contracted consultant primarily within the non-profit social services and community health sectors, and is passionate about supporting organizations that work to address the barriers to positive social and health outcomes for individuals. She has worked with organizations that represent a wide spectrum of society including the arts, sports, entertainment, Aboriginal, social justice, HIV, poverty, children's groups and youth services. This has given Donna a comprehensive understanding of revenue development, strategic planning and the capacity building process.

Donna's professional objectives have been focused on assisting organizations reach their financial goals and develop their organizational capacity. Initially her primary functions were to manage fund development. However, after recognizing that the obstacle for many non-profit organizations to receiving funding was not ineffective grant writing but rather the link between project development, revenue generation, service delivery and effective evaluation, Donna's role soon changed to include project development, creating the structure, reach and plan for each project to align with available revenue sources, thereby ensuring deliverables met the needs of the community and funder as well as the individual agency's capacity.

Donna is active in her own community, serving as President of Business & Professional Women's Club of Mission and on the board of directors of Mission Community Services Society.

Attributes contributing to her success consist of an ability to establish and maintain enduring stakeholder relationships, a high level of energy and self-motivation, excellent verbal and written communication skills, administrative, interpersonal and coordinating skills, and strong presentation abilities. She also has a comprehensive understanding of the many facets required to translate ideas into actions with measurable deliverables and the flexibility to re-evaluate and revise as needed. She is willing to take the time, focus and creativity required to build lasting, long-term partnerships and programs.

Donna's skill set includes:

  • Keynote Speaking
  • Leadership
  • Board Development
  • Community Development
  • Fund Development
  • Coalition Building
  • Volunteer Management
  • Program Development & Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Creative Writing
  • Training & Facilitation

 

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