Corporate Fundraising Experts

Sponsorships | Corporate Partnerships | Fundraising

About Bridgeraise

We know that relationships are at the core of all fundraising, and we believe passionately in the importance of connecting with people to achieve your corporate fundraising goals.

When charities and companies are aligned, solid sticky relationships can be formed, resulting in mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships.  This approach raises more money for your charity.

And we have just the experience, tools and templates to help you make it happen!

Through a coaching-consulting model, we help you build the confidence and strategies you need to execute successful corporate fundraising.

Our work is based on extensive experience in the sector and a profound belief that you – a smart and committed champion for fundraising within your organization – can establish a stellar program that delivers on your fundraising goals.

You’ve Got This – and We Can Help!  

Do you want to raise more money?

Working with BridgeRaise has provided me with tangible and actionable tools to kickstart my corporate fundraising program with minimal effort.

Michelle Dittmer

Canadian Gap Association

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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



Based on practicing the call strategy with Heather, and her feedback, I felt more confident on my follow up call and I am closing the 100K partnership.

Development Manager

National Charity

“I really valued working with Heather. She brought very thoughtful and specific feedback to our work, and had valuable insights that helped us to hone our strategy. Also, she was a pleasure to work with!”

Ruth Burns

Culture Days Ontario