Take Your First Step


Potential Clients:

Generous people are often overwhelmed by relentless asks, or feel stuck in the charity swamp. We're here to serve you with our portfolio of services. All potential clients booking a complimentary appointment will receive our Client Handbook, a 50-page guide to better giving. Book your online meeting now.

Charities:

If you believe your charity's priorities fit with the goals of any of our clients, we make ourselves available for 50-minute virtual interview. Following our meeting, we will create your Charity Profile and make it available to our clients for their consideration. There is a nominal cost for this opportunity. Select your meeting date now.

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Mark Petersen | President & CEO

I’m learning how to live generously in ways that empower, not create, dependency. I invested a decade working for charities in Latin America and Asia before leading a prominent private Canadian foundation in 2000. For the next 15 years, I pioneered ways to make family philanthropy more meaningful and impactful. I created Stronger Philanthropy in 2015 to share my experience with additional grantmakers who love giving well. I just received my DMin degree from George Fox University where I researched generational leadership shifts occurring in family philanthropy. I'm based in the town of St Stephen, New Brunswick, but travel frequently across Canada to visit clients.

Nathan Petersen | Program Director

I’ve worked and volunteered with foundations since my teenage years, serving as a grantmaking committee member for Bridgeway Foundation, and now as a board member of a New Brunswick-based family foundation. Being involved in the philanthropic process from an early age led me to live, volunteer, and travel abroad extensively, learning from a variety of community leaders in places like Colombia, Cambodia, Spain, and Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. I’ve been inspired by the people that I’ve met who exemplify innovative community development. I currently live in Toronto and am passionate about creating systems that help private donors to engage with the causes that move them. I’m a graduate from St. Stephen’s university and hold a BA in International Studies.