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Generous people are often overwhelmed by relentless asks, or feel stuck in the charity swamp. We understand. Let’s walk together to giving satisfaction. Book a virtual meeting now, or reach out directly.

For charities that are seeking grants or wanting to sharpen their major donor fundraising, we make ourselves available for 50-minute virtual coaching sessions. Select your meeting date now.

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We’re Here to Help


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. Currently I’m also researching generational leadership shifts occurring in family philanthropy for doctor of ministry studies at George Fox University.

Linda Dzelme | Administrator

There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing the good that can come from strategic philanthropy. Mark and I started working together in 2003 with a private foundation, and our synergies make us a great team. In my role I’ve had a front row seat on seeing how a strong philanthropic strategy makes giving so much more meaningful. I’m pleased to join him in serving our philanthropy clients and charity partners at Stronger Philanthropy.

Nate Petersen | Program Director

I’ve been learning about family philanthropy for the past thirteen years, serving as a grantmaking committee member for Bridgeway Foundation, and now on the board 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’m a graduate of St Stephen’s University, and currently reside in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I am both honoured and thrilled to be a part of the team!


Our Generous Collaborators


Our clients represent a diverse group of visionary individuals, foundations and organizations who work with us to leverage their giving for maximum impact. We are pleased to provide support for the following exceptional people:

Alexandra Horwood & Andrew James Labbad

Bridgeway Foundation

Burro Foundation

David & Dorothy Lam Foundation

John & Rebecca Horwood

Joyful Living Joyful Giving Foundation

Kehila Foundation

Levante Foundation

Redleaf Foundation

River Dali Foundation

Tamara Foundation