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Jim’s 45 years in technical and business information services have been packed with innovation and achievement. He launched Canadian FundRaiser in 1991, co-founded Charity Village in 1993, published Canadian FundRaiser eNEWS in 2001 and Gift Planning in Canada in 2004 and offered a Key-To-The-Sector training program for non-profit managers in 2005, attended by more than 4,000 professionals. In 2007, he founded Civil Sector Press. He’s been president of the Canadian Society for Engineering Management and the Business Press Editors Association, Chair of the Board of Foster Parents Plan of Canada, and a Director of Foster Parents Plan International Inc, Camp Big Canoe, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Kanawa Canoe Museum, Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), and Youth Employment Services. Jim has won a variety of editorial awards, including the Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Business Journalism. In 2017, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Contact Jim at hilbornjim@gmail.com


Mary works closely with authors and Hilborn constituents, as well as managing the mailing list for Hilborn Charity eNews and Civil Sector Press’ BookRoom. Mary also organizes professional development events, workshops, webinars and conferences. Contact Mary at mary @ hilborn.com.



Chris Horne

As Marketing Director for The Hilborn Group/Charity eNEWS since 2019, Chris’ marketing ability has resulted in a marked increase in revenues, and strengthened relationships with a large number of suppliers of goods and services to the Canadian nonprofit sector. He has brought his extensive marketing background to the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, working with Arts Marketing Services and Legacy Leaders in organizing, monitoring, and raising funds for such diverse nonprofits in the Education, Health Care, Museums, Performing Arts, and Social Service Agencies, both large and small, from coast-to-coast. He also organized the first 5-year comprehensive fundraising campaign for two major hospitals.

Chris has been actively involved in fundraising for the Arts since 1981 when he participated in the Capital Campaign for The St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts [now Meridian Hall], closely followed in 1982 with his participation in the Capital Campaign for The Roy Thompson Hall. In addition to being a Founder and Vice President, Trustee, and Head of the Acquisition Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Chris participated in their Stage III Capital Campaign. His passion for the arts has continued with donations over the years to the years to the Art Gallery of Guelph, Art Gallery of Ontario, Hamilton Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

His involvement in the arts went international when in 1991 Chris was appointed by The Canadian Government as Chair of the Canadian Government Funded 49th Parallel Gallery in New York.



A passion for philanthropy, combined with a degree in Journalism led to Lisa's long-term affiliation with The Hilborn Group. As the current Editor of Hilborn’s flagship digital publication, Charity eNews, Lisa takes pride in bringing weekly information and innovative ideas to nonprofit sector leaders. You may also recognize her name from the past Editorial bylines of Gift Planning in Canada, AFP eWire Canada, and Calgary Foundation’s Advice to Advisors.

An accomplished non-fiction book editor, Lisa has helped many writers successfully bring their books to market, including the best seller Excellence in Fundraising in Canada and the newly-published Creative Deviations. Her latest projects include teaching writing at an Ottawa community centre and completing a 45,000-word fiction manuscript for middle grade readers. The first of a planned trilogy, it is currently being submitted for publication. Although writing can be a solitary pursuit, Lisa really likes working with people and they seem to like working with her!



Ann Rosenfield MBA, CFRE is an award-winning professional who has been working with donors, volunteers and boards of directors make decisions about charity for more than 20 years. She has worked as Executive Director of a small charity and has also worked in a large, national non-profit with a staff of 1,000. Her professional volunteer leadership service includes over eight years with Imagine Canada and more than 20 years with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She volunteers as Board Secretary of Rainbow Railroad and also volunteers with several local charities including Not Far From The Tree. Contact Ann at ann @hilborn.com or connect on Twitter @Hilborninfo.




Marlena is an experienced fundraising consultant and writer for non-profit organizations. As a Founding Partner and the Fundraising & Communications Director of Bequest Insurance, Marlena works with charities to help create income streams from gifts of life insurance and insurance products. Her specialties include direct mail, newsletter writing, editing, writing about planned giving, promoting gifts of insurance, mid-level and major giving direct mail programs, sponsorship packages. She is the co-author of Ripple Effect and Multiplying Generosity.  Contact Marlena at marlena @donewrite.com or connect on Twitter @MarlenaMcCarthy.




Kathleen is an enthusiastic and creative designer who loves the challenge of crafting the best solution to communicate the client's needs, whether the medium is digital or print. She started her company, Cranberryink, over 20 years ago, and since then Kathleen has partnered with a wide range of organizations to produce books, reports, brochures, newsletters, stationery, e-newsletters and websites.

Kathleen graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Mass Communication. She then went on to study art and design at the Ottawa School of Art and the OCAD University. Kathleen also studied digital design at Centennial College and Digital Media Studios, both in Toronto. 

Contact Kathleen at kmcbride@cranberryink.com