Who We Are

Inspire is a Canadian company that has, in its 27 year history, helped over 1,000 organizations raise more money. We are highly experienced in the nuts and bolts of creating fundraising programs.

We also know that donors consider giving major gifts as much with their hearts as with their minds. In other words, they are inspired to give. So we take an unusually creative approach to designing fundraising programs that have a compelling appeal to donors’ emotions. It is our emphasis on creativity – through creative people and creative ideas – that results in our clients getting the most inspiring campaigns.

But a fundraising program is typically only one aspect of an overall financial need. We take a holistic approach to your organization’s long-term financial health by helping you build a comprehensive, efficient and enduring fundraising program.

So whether you require a single fundraising campaign, a recharge session for your Board or you need a long term fundraising program, we can design and implement a customized, creative program that inspires donors to give more.

History

Inspire was founded by Ebert Hobbs and Ron Fairchild in 1988 as Navion Financial Development Systems Inc. It was one of the first major Canadian owned fundraising consulting firms designed to bring the expertise of some of Canada’s most experienced fundraising professionals to our uniquely Canadian charitable sector. In the early years, Navion built a solid reputation serving many community hospitals and faith based charities across the country.

Through the years, Navion expanded its scope to include many charities across the not-for-profit sector: social causes, recreation, environment and hospices, to name a few. By the mid-nineties it had grown to become one of the leading national fundraising firms with programs and offices across the country. As well, it was aligned with partner organizations in the U.S.A. and Australia to spread its service and expertise even further.

Since its inception, the firm has raised over three billion dollars for causes and organizations that help people and communities. A key to Navion’s success was creating customized campaigns in an industry where most of its major competitors had – and still have – pre-packaged solutions.

The latest evolution in the company’s growth was its name change to Inspire in 2010. The new name reflects the company’s belief in and commitment to the idea that donors give more primarily because they are inspired by the vision of the charity and its campaign.

In conjunction with the name change, Inspire made a business decision to focus all of its energies and resources solely in Ontario. This has enabled the firm to even better service its clients by deploying its talented staff in a strategic and successful manner. In fact, with this new model both Sue Egles and Chris Hobbs directly manage each and every one of Inspire’s programs

While Inspire has gone through a number of transitions over the years, family values and the focus on customized solutions that inspired the creation of Navion remain as a cornerstone of the firm’s philosophy today. And now with its focus in Ontario, Inspire can better serve its clients.

Inspire Team

Sue Egles, CFRE

As one of the partners who own Inspire, Sue has a lead role in selling new business, ensuring customized fundraising solutions for all of Inspire’s clients and servicing an array of projects. With a strong ability to understand what makes each organization unique, Sue has overseen fundraising campaigns with goals ranging from $1.5 million to $100 million. Sue has extensive experience in the healthcare sector working on campaign projects with community hospital foundations and hospices, as well as community recreations projects and social service charities.  In recent years, Sue has expanded her experiences and skills to include staff coaching, board development and staff recruitment.

Sue’s consulting career commenced after her graduation from Queen’s University, where she worked with a U.S. consultancy primarily in post-secondary education. She is especially attuned to the changing role of volunteers and the development of strong staff and volunteer partnerships to achieve exceptional results. For the last decade, Sue has served as a Faculty Member with the AHP Canada Primer. In addition, Sue has a particular interest in helping hospitals develop relationships with municipalities and has researched and written articles on municipal giving to hospitals.

Phone or text: (519) 658-3596
Email: segles@inspireinc.ca

Chris Hobbs, CFRE

Chris joined Inspire in 1989 (then Navion) as one of the firm’s first campaign directors. He has worked across Canada leading feasibility studies and capital campaigns for hospitals, churches, cultural and social services charities. Chris is a hands-on fundraising executive who has worked on multi-year assignments as Campaign Director for the Trillium Health Centre Foundation ($30 million), Grand River Hospital Foundation ($30 million) and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation ($12 million).

With more than 50 client experiences over the years, Chris moved on in 2006 to become Director of Philanthropy for the Renascent Foundation. While at Renascent, Chris completed a $6 million campaign and oversaw the entire development program developing strong annual program knowledge. Chris has always enjoyed the ability to assist a variety of clients and in 2010 he returned to Inspire. Since 2010, Chris has directed two community based fundraising campaigns – one for a Children’s Treatment Centre and one for a community arena expansion. He also served as a fundraising coach and study director on a number of other assignments. Chris obtained his university education at McMaster University.

Phone or text: (416) 606-7525
Email: chobbs@inspireinc.ca

Inspire Network

We believe that where appropriate, specialists from other fields can significantly enhance fundraising campaigns through the contribution of their expertise and creativity. Inspire has assembled a community of companies that are not only leaders in their fields, they have a passion for helping charities raise more.

Our network partners include a marketing / design firm, planned giving experts, data base and financial management professionals and research support.  Where expert writing skills are required, we have relationships with some of Ontario's top writing talent.

These specialized firms and individuals expand Inspire's ability to bring an array of expertise to each of our projects.

 

Clients Served

Health Care Agencies including Hospices and Children's Treatment Centres

Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital
Belleville General Hospital Foundation
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
Brantford General Hospital Foundation
Bridgepoint Health Centre Foundation
Brockville General Hospital Foundation
Canadian Blood Services Foundation
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario Division
Canadian Mental Health Association, Peterborough
Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor
Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital
Chatham-Kent Health Care Alliance
Chatham-Kent Residential Hospice
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation
Durham and Community Health Care Foundation
Grand River Hospital Foundation
Greater Niagara General Hospital
Grey Bruce Health Services Five Foundations
Headwaters Health Care Foundation
Hospice Association of Ontario
Hospice Caledon
Hospice of Peel
Hospice Peterborough
Hospice Simcoe
Hospice Wellington
Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital Foundation
Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation
Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation
Kingston General Hospital Foundation
Lakeridge Health Foundation
Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation
Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation
Mon Sheong Foundation
Norfolk General Hospital Foundation
North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation
Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
Northeast Mental Health Centre
One Kids Place
Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation
Parkwood Hospital Foundation
Pathways Health Centre for Children
Providence Continuing Care Centre, Kingston
Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation
Quinte Health Care – North Hastings
Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation
Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation
Scarborough Hospital Foundation
St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation
St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation
St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia
St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation
St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation
St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation
St. Thomas Elgin General Foundation
Sault Area Hospital Foundation
South Essex Hospice
Trillium Health Centre Foundation
Vaughan Health Campus of Care
West Park Hospital Foundation
West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation
Windsor Essex Hospital Foundation
Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation
Women’s Christian Association
York Central Hospital Foundation

Civic, Recreation Centres & Social Causes

Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity Inc.
Aurora Public Library
Barrie Public Library
Belleville Public Library
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf
Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre
Bruce Trail Association
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex
Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region
City of Kingston (K-Rock Centre)
County of Simcoe (Huronia Lookout)
Ducks Unlimited Canada
East Elgin Community Complex
Family and Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County
Grand River Conservation Foundation
Hamilton Conservation Authority
Interval House of Hamilton-Wentworth
L'Arche Daybreak
Merrymount Children’s Centre
Municipality of Lambton Shores (two arena projects and the Grand Bend Beach Enhancement)
Municipality of Middlesex Centre (new arena / community centre)
Municipality of North Middlesex (Parkhill Arena)
National Service Dogs
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Saskatchewan Region
North Huron Community Complex
Ontario 4-H Foundation
Operation Eyesight
Orillia Public Library
Reena Foundation
Scouts Canada
The Tamir Foundation
The Toronto Zoo Foundation
Town of Halton Hills (Georgetown and Acton arena expansion)
Waterloo Public Library
YMCA of Chatham-Kent
YMCA of Goderich-Huron
YMCA of Sarnia

Cultural Institutions

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Brantford Symphony Orchestra
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Canadian Museum of Nature
Empress Cultural Centre
Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts
Kincardine and Area Arts Centre
London Regional Children's Museum
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
Orillia Museum of Art and History
PEOPLE Players Inc.
Parkwood Estate and Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens
Ship Hector Foundation
Théâtre français de Toronto
TVO
Waterloo Public Library

Faith Organizations

Anglican Church of Canada
Archdiocese of Kingston
Christ Church Stouffville
Church of St. John the Evangelist
Church of the Nativity of Our Lord
Diocese of Algoma,
Diocese of Niagara
Diocese of Ontario
Diocese of Ottawa
Diocese of Qu'Appelle, Regina
Diocese of Saskatchewan
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Faith United Church
St. Clement Parish
St. Francis Xavier Parish
St. Marguerite d’Youville Parish
St. Mary's Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church,
The Nativity of Our Lord Church
United Church of Canada Foundation

Educational Institutions

Albert College
Algoma University College Foundation
Centennial College, Scarborough, Ontario
Conestoga College
Institute for Christian Studies
John Abbott College Foundation
King’s College Foundation
Loyalist College
Montessori School of Cambridge
Nipissing University
Rosseau Lake College
St. Jerome's University
Trent University
Wycliffe College, University of Toronto