Kimberley MacKenzie, CFRE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Thank you for your interest in my story.
I discovered this career when I was volunteering for a charity I loved. I spent the first fifteen years building great organizations either as an executive director or director of fundraising, Mostly I loved it. I was also commuting four hours a day and trying to do more with less all at the risk of my family and my health.
I found myself at my lowest when my life blew up around me. My husband left, my children moved in with him because their dad lived closer to their friends, and I lost my job. It was debilitating.
So sitting on my porch one day paralyzed by depression I had to ask myself….is this how it ends?
I decided that I still added value. In the eight years since I married husband 2.0, when we aren’t ballroom dancing, we care for a large complicated blended family with eight children. Fortunately we both have an incredible capacity for dynamic situations.
I built a very successful consulting business which I loved for six years. I have helped loads of charities transform their operations, improve their governance structure, shift to a philanthropic culture and of course raise millions of dollars to make the world be a better place for all of us.
At the beginning of 2020 grief for the loss of my mother and the intensity of my consulting work piled up. I gave myself three months to make my mental and physical health a priority. Then the entire world stopped because of a global pandemic.
The pause of 2020 provided an opportunity to take a personal inventory. I asked myself, what was it that brought me into the sector in the first place? The answer? A passion for service to the community, bringing people together, having conversations, helping them feel better about their way forward.
Like so many of you, 2020 was a year where I missed community, connectivity and belonging. My work felt meaningless. So for me the answer was to lean into my truth. The process of figuring out what that was led to the four core pillars of The Intersection. Service. Growth. Community. Authenticity.
The next question I asked myself was: What problem do I want to solve?
I want people who are in positions of fundraising leadership in the charitable sector to feel valued, appreciated, understood and supported. When that happens it is MAGIC!
Most problems in the charitable sector are cultural. I know first hand when an organization changes their culture they change their results. This usually starts by helping everyone understand what it takes to build a robust, diverse revenue program. That is the secret sauce to GROWTH.
I want you to love your job again. Like I do now.
The Intersection is a social enterprise dedicated to helping charities be successful and the people who work in them live healthy happy lives.
We put purpose above revenue because we belief when you live with purpose, money follows.
We believe in radical collaboration for greater good. We are stronger together. We offer some consultation services to help when needed and an awesome referral network to make good matches for most fundraising tactics.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn my story. I would love to hear your story.
Book some time for a virtual cup of tea together. Who knows what we might be able to do together.
Yours in service, growth and community,