Corporate Fundraising Experts

Sponsorships | Corporate Partnerships | Fundraising

About Bridgeraise

Successful corporate fundraising is about so much more than ‘the cheque’. It’s about building strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships – which is exactly what we’re here to help you do.

Through a coaching-consulting model, we deliver the strategy, support, training and tools you need to not only build and/or grow a relationship-based corporate fundraising strategy, but to nurture it for the long-term.

We work with organizations of all sizes and also offer a selection of resources and tools for those just starting out and/or seeking information about a specific area of corporate fundraising.

Since hanging our shingle in 2018, we have helped hundreds of organizations establish, and reap significant rewards from, corporate fundraising programs – and we’d love to do the same for you.

Our work is based on extensive experience in the sector and a profound belief in the power and potential of corporate fundraising as a tool to further your mission and increase your impact.

Your Team

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Heather Nelson, President and Lead Consultant, MBA, CFRE

Heather loves fundraising, which is why she’s been working with charities, volunteers, and donors for more than 20 years.   Over the course of her career, she’s  demonstrated a deep expertise in corporate fundraising with a unique approach that focuses on building relationships and ensuring mutual value. 

Heather built the corporate partner program at Food Banks Canada from scratch to be a $7M program and over the last 5 years has supported over 20 different charities and nonprofits at establishing corporate partner and sponsorship programs at their organizations.    

Heather understands the connection between fundraising and marketing and how to unlock the potential for win-win relationships.   Heather draws on her extensive experience in corporate fundraising, sponsorships and cause marketing to ensure her clients are successful. 

Heather’s sweet spots:  Accountability coaching, strategic planning and development, building prospect pipelines, organizational buy-in, cause marketing

Cristina Evans,  Senior Consultant

Cristina is passionate about helping charities accomplish their missions.  

Drawing from 15+ years working in the not-for-profit sector, Cristina’s work with BridgeRaise focuses on identifying opportunities for corporate support and helping clients build the internal capacity for them to soar – one step at a time!  

With experience cultivating corporate partnerships, employee engagement initiatives and managing programs with national and federated organizations, Cristina gets the importance of communication and connection with donors and internal stakeholders. Cristina’s happy place is jumping in and rolling up her sleeves to help reveal fantastic opportunities for corporate support and building the tools and templates to support them!

Cristina’s sweet spots:  Corporate employee engagement, donor stewardship, policy development, stakeholder engagement

Melanie Caul, Account Consultant

Melanie loves building anything and everything fundraising-related … relationships, pipelines, programs, strategy, you name it! 

Since beginning her career almost 20 years ago, Melanie has engaged with dozens of organizations to develop and grow their fundraising programs across the board, applying her expertise in corporate fundraising, annual giving, capital campaigns, donor stewardship, donorbase management and analytics, and board and volunteer engagement.

As the newest addition to the BridgeRaise team, Melanie provides client-facing fundraising and project support, including prospect research and moves management, prospect outreach, and social media stewardship.

Melanie’s sweet spots: Project planning and management, tech and template solutions, strategic moves management, social engagement


Samantha Brown Aravinthan, Account Consultant

Samantha is an avid believer in the potential of social platforms to build relationships—and she is thrilled to be helping nonprofits and charities across Canada harness this potential, so they can change the world. 

Prior to joining BridgeRaise, Samantha supported fundraising efforts at Shelter Movers Greater Toronto. She was one of the core event planners for their first virtual fundraising event in May 2021 (Her Time: A Virtual Wine Tasting), and this experience inspired her to continue building a career in the nonprofit sector.

As the newest addition to the BridgeRaise team, Samantha provides social media support, environmental scans and project-based prospect research, as well as fundraising-related outreach and moves management.

Samantha’s sweet spots: relationship building; social media copywriting; social media engagement

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“Heather Nelson brings a wealth of experience in corporate sponsorships to her not-for-profit practice. She provided us with an in-depth analysis of our organization’s approach to sponsorships as well as practical steps for positioning our program for success. Heather’s assessment has helped us to identify and focus on the critical areas for growth in our event and partnership fundraising.”

Anne Marie Peirce, CFRE
President & CEO
The Community Foundation of Mississauga
“Heather applies strategy, problem solving and creativity and is always driven to both create win-win campaigns, as well as exceed expectations for the brand and charity she represents. She is both educator and champion bringing a rigor and commitment to the partnerships she builds, whereby trust is established early and she can then focus on adding value to her partners.”

Tania Little, CFRE
Director, Food Banks Canada

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