Our name is who we are, and it’s what we do.
We’re fundraising consultants who specialize in individual giving.
That means we work directly with your cause to grow giving and spread donor love in mailboxes, inboxes, and everywhere in-between. We help you get personal with each and every donor through direct marketing that’s tailor-made to create your biggest fans.
Part of our recipe for success is that we’re master storytellers (the other part is our team, plus a top secret only revealed to our clients). We craft compelling and moving stories that deeply connect supporters to your cause.
Get to know the team in your corner.
Yes, we’re fundraising consultants. But our real work is building trusting relationships between you and your donors.
We specialize in telling stories that come from the heart and the soul.
Before you give us the chance to tell your stories, we’ll give you the chance to read ours. This is where we introduce you to the people who will work hand-in-hand with you and your donors.
Born and raised in Ottawa, I first entered the world of fundraising and philanthropy through my local church and Girl Guides community. The passion for helping and sharing was further sparked by working alongside my mother. As long as I’ve been around she’s dealt with chronic pain and disability, but it never stopped her from pitching in. She was the Girl Guides leader for my friends and for several years beyond, she volunteered at my school to read books to the differently-abled children, and employed me to assist her in craft days and games.
That caring and community-driven spirit continues on in me, and I’m so excited to be a member of Good Works and a part of something bigger.
Having previously worked in the printing profession, I got a lot of experience managing the production side of things. However, it left me feeling like I wanted to play a bigger role in the world around me. Working in graphic design for a few years helped me assist people on an individual basis, but still lacked the far-reaching impact I desired. Enter Good Works – and the whirlwind of direct mail, fundraising, digital strategy, and so much more for non-profits. I’ve jumped into the deep-end, and the water is great!
Every day is a new challenge to make a positive impact on the world around me – and I hope I’ve come full circle, from selling cookies to improving the lives of people everywhere. Doing Good Work!
I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia and learned, early on, that helping others is just what one does for your family, friends, and community. Writing letters for an elderly great aunt who’d lost her vision, finding sponsors for walkathons to raise money to build a new rink, and participating in Girl Guide community activities were small ways to help.
Present day finds me putting in a lot of volunteer hours with theatre groups (never onstage – I prefer to be the support system off in the wings!) as well as a few different Art organizations. I love community theatre because we’re all there to help each other bring the best possible production to the stage – and we have an extraordinarily good time doing it! I love colour and form and I explore that though uncountable hours at my easel, accompanied by good jazz or classical music and a glass of wine.
It’s a funny thing, aging. You really do learn what life is about and what really does matter. It’s not the ‘stuff’ and it’s not the size of the bank account. It’s what you’ve done to make this world a better place; it’s the realization that giving is so much more satisfying than getting. I am proud to be part of a team that helps organizations connect with their donors in the best possible way. We’re all in this together.
A journey to our roots.
Way back in 1986, Fran Lowe decided to create a consulting agency in Ottawa to help local charities get better results from their direct mail programs. In those days, pretty much every charity relied only on the mail to communicate with, and raise money from, their donors.
Fran had a gift for really connecting closely with her clients – and helping them connect closely with their donors. She simply had a knack for heartfelt intimacy. And that knack helped her clients achieve tremendous donor loyalty.
In 1989, Jose van Herpt joined Fran to help service a growing client family and the agency’s reputation for great client service and superb storytelling continued to grow.