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Avon MacFarlane

Avon MacFarlane

Vice President, Offord Group
Senior Consultant and Principal, Marts & Lundy

Leader, Arts and Culture Practice


University of Manitoba

Avon MacFarlane came to The Offord Group from the University of Toronto, where she spent 12 years as a pivotal strategist behind the $1 billion Great Minds Campaign — at the time, the largest campaign in Canadian history. Few fundraisers in Canada share her experience and insight into the mechanics of major philanthropy in Canada. Not only does Avon offer a vast expertise in prospect management, major giving, international philanthropy, annual and planned giving, she can also navigate the complexities of large institutions, having helped steer more than 25 faculties and divisions of the University towards a common fundraising goal.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Avon spent several years coordinating fundraising and sponsorship at Harbourfront Centre, seeking private and public funds for theatre festivals, children’s programming, dance series, films and music festivals. Avon has been involved as a volunteer in the arts and nonprofit sectors; she is currently on the board of the Power Plant and is Past President of the Board of Nightswimming Theatre.

  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Artscape
  • Assiniboine Park Conservancy
  • Banff Centre
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • Bishop Strachan School
  • Conservation International
  • Evergreen
  • Havergal College
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Medecins Sans Frontières
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
  • Queen’s University
  • Right to Play
  • Royal Manitoba Theatre Company
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • St. John’s Ravenscourt School
  • The Bentway Conservancy
  • The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Women’s College Hospital
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto