Philanthropica Team

Meet our consultants

Camilla Leigh

Founding Partner

Camilla has worked for the past 25 years in Europe and North America as a fundraiser, personally raising over $90M across 15 capital and community campaigns as both a consultant and staff member, including three senior positions at the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and McGill. Camilla’s experience spans the all aspects of organisational and fundraising strategic planning and execution. She has developed deep expertise in every phase of the fundraising continuum by working across multiple cause sectors, with organisations of all sizes, and across every type of fundraising program.  Camilla brings an energy, enthusiasm and dynamism to fundraising that helps translate an organisation’s fundraising ambitions from plans to outcomes.

Camilla Leigh has worked as a strategic fundraising consultant in Montreal since 2006. Prior to consulting, Camilla served as Director of Development for the Faculty of Arts at McGill University; Campaign Director for the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford; Senior Development Executive at the University of Aberdeen; and Development Executive for UK-based non-profits. A native of the UK, she holds a B.A. from the University of Surrey, England.

Camilla is Chair of the Advisory Board for UK based GoodBox– an award-winning contactless giving solutions company. A native of the UK, Camilla holds a B.A. from the University of Surrey, England.

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Elizabeth Gomery

Elizabeth Gomery

Founding Partner

Prior to co-founding Philanthropica in 2014, Elizabeth worked for 10 years as a senior development executive and leader. She has led educational, cultural and health development offices or foundations and has a proven track record as an excellent major and primary gifts fundraiser and a talented manager. Elizabeth’s strengths are in program review and development and as a change agent for young and established organizations alike. She has consistently maintained that fundraising is the best job in the world and she is able to impart that same enthusiasm and excitement to donors, volunteers and staff alike. She is frequently invited to speak at fundraising and business development conferences across Canada in both English and French.

Prior to consulting, Elizabeth was the Vice-President of Community & Legacy Giving at the Montreal Children’s Hospital; the Executive Director of the McCord Museum Foundation; and the Director of Development at McGill University’s Faculty of Arts. She is a former civil and commercial litigator and was a journalist for the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg.

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Tamara Granatstein

Consultant

Tamara brings to Philanthropica 15 years of experience with fundraising, corporate donors, sponsorship and volunteer coordination for large-scale events, working closely with sponsors in her own unique personal style. She has a deep understanding of the wants and needs of high profile clients and has delivered consistent and successful results with energy and enthusiasm.

Prior to joining Philanthropica, Tamara worked for several years at CauseForce, a company that works with non-profit organizations to help them raise money for their missions.  CauseForce has raised over $850 million globally since 2002 and has produced over 165 lifestyle events including the Ride to Conquer Cancer and The Weekend to End Women’s Cancer, both benefiting the Montreal Jewish General Hospital. Tamara created her own role as National Sales Training Manager, traveling to all local offices, coaching and training teams on best practices for peer-to-peer fundraising.

Tamara has a BA in English from McGill University.

A native Montrealer, Tamara fell in love with fundraising when she was only a teen.  Inspired by a chocolate bar fundraiser in high school to raise funds for children in need, she enlisted her friends and family and raised the most money in her ninth grade class. This ignited her deep passion for charitable work and a need to work in the non-profit world.

Lisa Levitan

Lisa Levitan

Consultant

Working at Philanthropica is the perfect fit for Lisa, who has been working in non-profit for many years.  First, as a volunteer and then as a paid professional.  Lisa began her career as a lawyer specializing in corporate tax. Throughout her career with corporations, she guided them in their planned giving and in-house community service programs.  She has worked in Florida, New York and has spent the last 18 years in Montreal.  While working as an attorney, Lisa volunteered for many community organizations as a lay person volunteer ultimately culminating on her sitting on the board of several organizations through the years.

In recent years, Lisa has turned her focus to the non-profit sector aiding in accounting, out-reach, major renovation projects and running recurring events.  She has helped organizations grow from small fund-raisers, to large annual events that the benefitting organizations have come to depend on through the years.  Lisa’s training as a lawyer has proven beneficial in her approach to different projects.  She is organized and clear, able to manage many tasks at one time.  She is passionate about using her background to aid and grow organizations that help to make the world a better place.

Lisa moved to Montreal in 2001 and has not looked back.  She has a Law Degree from the University of Florida where she was on The Law Review and a research assistant.  She then received a Legal Master’s in Taxation from New York University.

Nicole Yager

Consultant

Nicole began her career in fundraising over 15 years ago and has never looked back. She has worked in donor information systems, annual campaign fundraising, and marketing & communications, with an emphasis on social media management and graphic design.

For the past decade she has worked for various healthcare organizations where she built a strong base in database administration as well as strategic communications, helping to lead several multimillion-dollar campaigns, including the groundbreaking McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity at the McGill University Health Centre Foundation.

Nicole has a BA in Sociology from Concordia University, which is where she was first introduced to statistical analysis. This fascination with data is what informs her attention to detail, while her interest in patterns allows her to maintain focus on the big picture. She also studied Fine Arts and Creative Writing, which facilitate an emphasis on illustrative narrative in fundraising and awareness building. Her passion is storytelling, both within philanthropy and in general.

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