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Sam Laprade

Director

Gryphon Fundraising

Pronouns: None provided
Sam loves to connect people! As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in her community and country.

Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, in fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.

Over a 30-year period Ms. Laprade has raised money for important charities in her community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation.

In 2009, Sam started as Director, Gryphon Fundraising (www.gryphonfundraising.com). Ms. Laprade shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide.

In addition to her work with Gryphon Fundraising, in October 2017, Sam launched her full-time consultancy to assist non-profits with fundraising strategy, stewardship, board relations, coaching and audits.

Ms. Laprade is an engaging speaker who receives high ratings. Her speaking engagements include: AFP International Conference, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and AFP Congress (Canada). Sam was the keynote speaker at the Closing Plenary for AFP Congress 2018. In 2021, Sam will be the keynote speaker at the National Conference for the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand.

Sam is the creator and host of “An Hour to Give” on CityNews 101.1, Ottawa and News 95.7, Halifax. This radio show highlights non-profit organizations and philanthropy. Ms. Laprade also writes a monthly column for the Ottawa Business Journal entitled “Philanthropy in Ottawa”.