The Down Syndrome Research Foundation is very proud to announce a new partnership with SVP Vancouver that will fuel the next step in our growth as an organization and our ability to empower young people with Down syndrome.
In the first year of our 3-year partnership with SVP, SVP will invest $75,000 in DSRF for the creation of a stand-alone Director of Development position. For the past 7 years, we have had one person filling the joint role of Director of Development and Communications. SVP's generous investment will allow us to separate these functions into two full-time positions, radically increasing our effectiveness in both areas and laying the foundation for the fulfillment of our strategic objectives over the next four years.
Effective March 1, we will welcome Jason Campbell to our team as our new Director of Development. Jason (pictured) is a career fund development professional with over 25 years of non-profit fundraising and management experience, all of it in the health and disability sectors. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Economics, Jason served for 13 years in a leadership role with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (BC Division). He then served five years as Executive Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, where he increased net revenue by 300% over a three-year period. As Director of Resource Development for the BC Centre for Ability Foundation, Jason oversaw an increase of over 110% in the organization’s direct mail appeal program. Most recently, Jason served as Director of Development and Interim CEO of BC Adaptive Snowsports, where he significantly increased the organization’s fund development revenues. Jason is also a partner in Ruby Group Fundraising and Event Management, through which he has consulted for a variety of local organizations. Jason lives in New Westminster with his wife, Ruby and their teenage daughter.
Also on March 1, Glen Hoos, our current Director of Development and Communications, will become our first full-time Director of Communications. In his first seven years with DSRF, Glen oversaw a significant increase in DSRF's fund development revenues across all categories. He's now excited to turn his full-time attention to communications. Glen has a very personal passion for the work of DSRF, as one of his four children has Down syndrome and attends DSRF, while another has other developmental disabilities.
“DSRF is at an exciting inflection point,” says SVP co-Lead Partner David Ferguson. “They have new high energy leadership, are expanding their fundraising capabilities and focus, and are committed to finding innovative new ways of delivering their programs. I think SVP is perfectly suited to provide leverage and impact as they enter this new stage.”
“Being an SVP Investee is an amazing opportunity that allows us to achieve the important strategic goal of splitting our dual development and communications position much sooner than anticipated,” says DSRF CEO Wayne Leslie. “We also hope to increase the number of students and families we serve, improve affordability, and enhance our facility. We know our work with SVP is going to be hugely beneficial in many ways.”
Please join us in thanking SVP for investing in children and youth with Down syndrome! The impact of their support will ripple for many years to come.
The Goodwyn Family Fund, held at the NWM Private Giving Foundation, has generously donated $5,000 in support of DSRF's programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome. We thank them for their very meaningful investment!