Editor in Chief, The Charity Report
Prior to leading The Charity Report editorial group, Gail Picco began her career working as a counsellor at Interval House, Canada’s oldest shelter for abused women. After 8 years at Interval House, she launched and ran her own consulting company Gail Picco Associates for 16 years. For the past decade she has worked as an independent consultant focused on equity, justice and charity impact. Civil Sector Press published her latest book, Cap in Hand: How Charities are Failing the People of Canada and the World in 2017. Her first novel, What the Enemy Thinks: A Beck Carnell Novel was published in 2015 by iUniverse. Her upcoming book, Disconnect: Charity’s Role in the Age of Inequality is due in November 2020.
Cheryl Roddick is a fundraising professional with over 20 years of experience in the charitable sector as a practitioner, consultant, and volunteer. She has led fundraising teams at a number of organizations, including The Stop Community Food Centre where she was Director of Development and Communications for 8 years. As a consultant, Cheryl has worked with clients from across the charitable sector on projects including feasibility studies, campaign planning, fundraising assessments and interim management. She holds a CFRE designation, an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration and a Combined Hon. B.A. in English and Political Science, both from McMaster University. Cheryl has served as a volunteer board member for various nonprofits, including Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and Dancing with Parkinson’s, and on the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact’s Investment Committee. She is the proud mom of two daughters, an avid gardener and cook, and passionate advocate for social change. She is a contributing editor of The Charity Report.
Shaped by her Jamaican identity and deeply influenced by spending two thirds of her life in Canada, Nicole is a skilled communicator who embraces her natural curiosity and thirst for variety and new challenges. An avid reader, gardener, sports enthusiast and mentor, Nicole is anchored by family, committed to service, building connections and deepening personal relationships. Nicole has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit sector managing a variety of fundraising portfolios. In 2014, she founded Boundless Philanthropy, a fundraising consultancy providing a range of fund development services, including interim senior leadership and leadership development. She is a former Director of Fund Development for a Canadian international development organization (INGO). She is co-editor and contributing author of Collecting Courage: Joy, Pain, Freedom, Love an anthology featuring first-person narratives from Black fundraisers from Canada and the United States that documents racism within the charitable sector. She serves on the Boards of two nonprofit organizations, is a Book Review Panelist with The Charity Report Literary Circle and an inspired member of the Black Canadian Fundraisers Collective.
Kathleen Adamson is primarily a composer, writer and director based in Montreal, Quebec. All her work, regardless of medium, is defined by a dynamic, empathic and interdisciplinary relationship with history. She has a BA in English Literature from Trent University. In 2016, she published a collection of poems and ink paintings in Spread Letter, a print-only circular based in Toronto. She is currently developing a multimedia project that links the neurological effects of music and visual stimulus to the historical experience of propaganda. Her last play, Komachi on the Shrine, featuring puppeteer Brad Brackenridge, is available to watch on YouTube. In addition to being a contributing editor, she contributes to the Literary Circle.
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