Sam Laprade, CFRE Sam specializes in partnerships. Whether it is philanthropy, sponsorship, media or municipal politics, Sam loves to connect people.
As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in our community. In addition, Sam engages sponsors who are interested in innovative, unique and community-minded opportunities in Ottawa and throughout Canada.
Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, with fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.
Sam’s career began with CBC Radio and TV. She went on to produce countless telethons. A next step for Sam included Councillor’s Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Mayor at the City of Nepean. As the local municipalities in the Ottawa area were amalgamated, Sam returned to her non-profit work. Over a 20-year period Ms. Laprade raised money for important charities in our community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation.
In 2009, Sam started as Marketing Director at Gryphon Fundraising. She shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide through data reviews, conference presentations, training development staff and coaching non-profit leaders. Her various speaking engagements include: The Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and the annual AFP Toronto Congress.
In 2016, Sam presented at the #YOWInsights business conference and the Orleans Chamber of Commerce on the importance of smart philanthropy from a business perspective.
On her down time, Sam enjoys spending time with her daughter Avery. Favourite places to spend time are PEI and Turks and Caicos.