Jolayne Davidson Gardner, CFRE
Senior Associate


Jolayne Davidson Gardner became a consultant in 2007. She brings with her over 17 years of non-profit management experience and education. Jolayne has enjoyed creating capacity and sustainability for a variety of non-profit organizations. Since her first grant writing assignment with a small non-profit dedicated to Aboriginal education and employment, she has worked with conservation groups, the arts, education providers and government and social service agencies.

As a development practitioner, Jolayne has had the privilege of working for the Accessible Housing Society as their first Director of Development. From there, she joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary as Director of Development. While with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, she lead a staff and volunteer team to their goal of $8.5 million in the organization’s first ever capital and endowment campaign, completing it in less than 18 months. Jolayne has worked with numerous fundraising volunteer committees, boards and staff members within organizations at various stages in their philanthropic programs. She has been successful in the areas of foundation, individual and corporate relations, staff recruitment and retention, and major gift campaigns.

Jolayne is a strong proponent of mentorship having benefited significantly from both sides of such relationships. She has been an active mentor with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for many years. As part of her commitment to encouraging excellence within the fund development profession, she has voluntarily taught the AFP First Course in Fundraising and the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Review Course.  Jolayne was a volunteer with the 2011 AFP Banff Compass Conference and was a jury member for the 2010 and 2011 Generosity of Spirit awards. She has served two years on the AFP Calgary and Area Board. She was on the steering committee for the AFP Banff Compass Conference 2015.  She currently sits on the Board of the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society.

Jolayne has completed her National Certificate in Fundraising Management at Mount Royal College. In addition, having graduated from the University of Calgary with Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, she has gone on to successfully pursue her Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Jolayne lives on a ranch southwest of Calgary.

Jolayne is currently on leave from ViTreo and will return to work with us later in 2016.