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 Love 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 before joining UBC’s growing development team. During his six-year tenure with UBC, David raised an unprecedented $7 million in one year, managed the Faculty of Land & Food Systems development program and transferred to the Sauder School of Business, focusing on major gifts and wrote the first case for its Capital Campaign.
Then, as Director of External Relations with the Justice Institute of BC, David provided fundraising and institutional marketing leadership, notably establishing the JIBC Foundation’s Standing Strong Campaign securing campaign gifts.
David was compelled to leave the JIBC to serve as Campaign Director for Vancouver’s Central City Foundation, where he successfully raised $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 lasting 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 shares his enthusiasm for philanthropy with not-for-profits throughout the province. He is an instructor for the AFP-endorsed Essentials of Fundraising course at BCIT and is a popular moderator and speaker with the AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter. After joining the AFP Board in 2016, David was nominated the following year by his peers to serve as President, a position he held for three years. As AFP Past President for 2020-21, David remains committed to strengthening the profession of fundraising – at home and across Canada.
A believer in work/life balance, David is a singer with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir . He 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.
David is joined by David Landers, a fundraising colleague he met while both were volunteers with The Vantage Point. Sharing a first name, David and David have collaborated since early 2018. This David serves as a valued member of the LOVEfundraising team.
David Landers, Associate
With over two decades of experience as a non-profit executive, David Landers combines his knowledge and expertise in fundraising, organizational development, and strategic communications to help his clients succeed.
With LOVEfundraising, David lends his expertise as interim in-house fundraising lead, crafting memorable fundraising case statements and has developed and implemented fundraising strategies that are tailored to the age and stage of each client.
From 2007 to 2014, David served as deputy director for a regional network of funders, Philanthropy Northwest, where his major accomplishments were leading fundraising campaigns resulting in over $2 million from individual donors, private foundations, and corporations; cultivating relationships with board members, sponsors, public policy officials, and community stakeholders; and managing the organization’s multi-year expansion in programming, financial resources, internal operations, and staffing.