Catherine Harder is an experienced fundraising professional and trained educator with 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Calgary, eight of which have been in senior leadership roles. She brings a strong focus on strategic planning and problem solving, as well as a passion for team development and for creating working environments that are efficient, productive and conducive to learning and growth.
From 2010 to 2012, Catherine served as the Vice President of Development for the Glenbow Museum, with a portfolio that included Fund Development, Strategic Partnerships, Membership, Museum Rentals, and Volunteer Resources. During Catherine’s tenure at Glenbow, she restructured the development team and implemented an integrated strategic development plan resulting in a 30% increase in revenue. She also led the development of two significant new initiatives: Glenbow’s new signature fundraiser, Schmancy, which has sold out to audiences of 1,000 in each of its first two years; and Pivot, a highly successful new membership program for young professionals. Catherine worked closely with the Development Committee of the Board of Governors to drive revenues and increase board engagement in giving and fundraising.
Catherine’s background includes seven years of experience in post-secondary fundraising and administration. From 2003 to 2009 she served the University of Calgary’s Development Office in a number of leadership positions during a time of significant evolution and growth. In her initial role she led the cross-campus Raiser’s Edge implementation project for Development and Alumni Relations that included development of business processes, workflow standards and customer service. Following this, Catherine became the Executive Director for the central development team and was a key member of the senior executive that led and inspired the development team to raise over $350 million in revenues over four years. During this time she drove audits and strategic plans for research, annual giving and stewardship as well as implemented prospect data modeling and an integrated, documented pipeline. She was also a member of the $300 million Reach! campaign team, leading the integration of University of Calgary and Alberta Health Trust systems and processes to support the campaign.
When the University embarked on an organization-wide project in 2009 to improve the delivery of administrative services in Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology, Catherine served in a project role as the Executive Director of Integrated Services, recruiting and leading a 100 person multi-disciplinary project team to design and implement a new shared service operating model for administrative services.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary and has taught and facilitated classes and groups from pre-school to adult. She developed curriculum and taught courses in the Fundraising Management Certificate program at Mount Royal University. Catherine has training in coaching and leadership development and aspires to have a positive impact on the environments she works in and on the people she interacts with each day. This includes her partner and two young adult children with whom she resides in south-west Calgary.
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