Hands-on Fundraising. Strategic Thinking.
Established in 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, LOVEfundraising is aptly named as it is led by David Love CFRE who, as a child never thought his name would serve him so well in his profession!
David is inspired by, and learns from, donors, volunteers and leaders in the not-for-profit sector who rally together to make our community better.
Instructor in the BCIT Essentials of Fundraising course since 2002
David began fundraising in 1989, first in the arts, then social service and international development sectors. Moving to the education field for 11 years, David established a development office at a private school for children with dyslexia, then was part of the growth of UBC’s development team for 6 years, raising an unprecedented $7 million in one year while managing the Faculty of Land & Food Systems development program before transferring to the Sauder School of Business where he wrote the first Case for their Capital Campaign. Then, as Director of External Relations with the Justice Institute of BC, he provided fundraising and institutional marketing leadership, notably establishing and securing gifts in support of the JIBC Foundation’s Standing Strong Campaign.
David was compelled to leave the JIBC to serve as Campaign Director for Vancouver’s Central City Foundation, successfully raising $6.3 million in one-year to build BC’s first residential, long-term treatment facility for youth with addictions. He did this from his kitchen table, working with remarkable volunteers. Listening to families impacted by addiction was very, very humbling and a strong reminder of how, and why, philanthropy can change lives. As that Campaign concluded, David was recruited to be a Partner with a consulting firm, and for 3½ years provided counsel for clients across Canada and the States. For 2½ years, David went back ‘in-house’ as Vice-President, Campaign for St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation where he established the framework for a highly-anticipated Capital Campaign.
A sought-after speaker and trainer, David has shared his enthusiasm for philanthropy with not-for-profits throughout the province. He has instructed in the AFP endorsed Essentials of Fundraising course at BCIT since 2002 and has been a frequent moderator and speaker with the AFP Vancouver Chapter. David joined the AFP Board in 2016 and, in June, 2017 was nominated by his peers to serve as President. As an important part of work/life balance, David is a singer with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and has recorded 11 CDs and performed with this internationally award-winning group since 1994.
David Love CFRE received his Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 2009 and was recertified in 2012 and 2015.