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Avon MacFarlane

Avon MacFarlane

Senior Consultant & Principal


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 a volunteer and served on Boards in the arts and non-profit sectors, and is currently on the investment committee for LEAP.

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