Global Appoints Respected Okanagan Fundraiser

October 28, 2019 – Global Philanthropic Canada has appointed respected Okanagan fundraiser Kathy Butler as Senior Consultant on the Pacific team, effective immediately. Kathy is based in Kelowna, B.C.

“Kathy Butler is well-known throughout the Okanagan and B.C. for her exceptional fundraising career,” said CEO Guy Mallabone.  “Her broad expertise in higher education, parallel foundations and health care fundraising is a tremendous complement to our Pacific team. We are absolutely delighted to welcome her to Global.”

Kathy retired in 2018 as the Director of Advancement and Alumni at Okanagan College. Her 38-year career includes 15 years at Okanagan College and 17 years in health care.

She joined Okanagan University College in 2003 when the institution was split to form UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. In a time when fundraising for colleges was still relatively new in British Columbia,  she grew the Foundation’s endowment by over $5.6 million; increased planned giving by $21.6 million; raised over $38 million for capital projects, scholarships, bursaries and program support; lead the largest successful college capital campaign in B.C., raising over $9 million on a $5 million goal; and coordinated the largest ever individual donation to a college in B.C.

Kathy’s 17 years in health care fundraising with the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation built her knowledge of annual and major gift fundraising, as well as capital campaigns, where she raised over $30 million.

In June 2019, Kathy received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE).

In 2016, she conducted original research on the state of College fundraising in Canada, earning her Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development.