150 Profiles: Lori Barker

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.

Name: Lori Barker

Current role in the sector: Director of Development for Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic

What was your first job in the sector or a defining moment?
My first job in the sector was managing the Residence Room Naming campaign, part of Acadia University’s Residence Advantage Capital Campaign.

Describe your desk/workspace.
You will regularly find two stacks of paper on my desk: one pertaining to all-things annual fund and the other devoted to capital campaign activities.

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What are you reading or following that has expanded your understanding of the non-profit sector?
Books by Tom Ahern. I always walk away with very practical tips that I can apply to my daily work.  With respect to the big picture, From Good to Great by James C. Collins is full of great insights.

What do you think our sector needs to be thinking about?
As a sector we need to be thinking more creatively about how we can work together, minimizing unnecessary expenses and maximizing resources at every step.  We need to be ever-mindful about the importance of transparency and accountability with our supporters, including volunteers, donors, government and those who benefit directly from our organizations.

Do you know someone we should profile as part of this series? Email us at philanthropistprofiles@gmail.com

Lori Barker is currently the Director of Development for Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic where she is responsible for building the annual fund and directing the organization’s first capital campaign since the House opened in Halifax in 1982.

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