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It Doesn't Hurt to Ask!

May 16, 2019

I remember my early years of fundraising. The questions, the insecurity, the doubt. I’m so glad to be past that stage of self-questioning. I see so many early in their careers with similar feelings. When I reflect back on that time, I wish I had had someone I could reach out to when I had questions, rather than...


Nov 20, 2018

In this episode of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Cathy has an open and honest conversation with Lisa Watson of Openly about how our money values and personal relationship with money - ie our 'money mindset' can manifest in the ways we work in the charitable sector. Lisa and Cathy talk about the work they're doing as a team...


Nov 15, 2018

It's hard to introduce Dr. Krishan Mehta because he does so many things! His day job is AVP Engagement, University Advancement at Ryerson University. He self-identifies as a nerd, but to us and many others, Krishan is an innovative fundraiser, a shift-disturbing thought leader, and a dedicated researcher. In...


Nov 14, 2018

In our inaugural episode of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Cathy interviews Sharon Avery, CEO Toronto Foundation and finds out just how much shift Sharon is bringing to the charitable sector. Not only is Sharon not afraid to ask for money (spoiler alert - she loves it!) she believes in shaking up long-held traditions within...


Nov 8, 2018

Introducing Cathy Mann, your host of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Welcome to Season One. 

After spending over 25 years as a professional fundraiser working in philanthropy, Cathy knows a thing or two about the charitable sector.

We're a sector that is... what shall we say...  comfortable with tradition. 

But the world is...