Are you an Agent of Good too?

Hey! How are you? Thank you for coming to visit the Agents of Good. Welcome! We’re grateful you’re here and we’d love to hear from you about why you’re here today.

This is what we do. We start conversations. We want to talk about you. We are open-hearted, curious and passionate about how we can help you connect with your donors, and all the kind and caring people who care about your cause.

Our amazing, inspiring, and sometimes challenging clients already know this about us: we live and breathe donors. We live and breathe #donorlove. The heart in our logo represents your donors. Your donors are top of our minds every single time we sit down to tell your story. In your mailing, in your gratitude report, in your legacy program, your newsletter, your website.

And the heart in our logo also represents you. Fundraisers like you inspire us with your dedication and passion. And you move us to tears with your stories, and by allowing us to help curate the stories of your organization. It’s a beautiful privilege to help your donors put their values into action by giving to you.

If you believe every gift is precious, you’re an Agent of Good. If you believe your donors are heroes, you’re an Agent of Good. If you believe in sharing stories that resonate with values and emotions, you’re an Agent of Good. If you believe that the heart and soul of fundraising is connecting donors to want to help with charities who can express what they need in thoughtful, specific and emotional terms, you’re an Agent of Good. If you want to rage, cry, laugh, wave your arms and be passionate about our craft and always, always know that we can and must do better and love our donors more, you’re an Agent of Good.

We are Agents of Good. And so are you. Welcome, Special Agent. Let’s get started. Still not ready to contact us right now, that’s OK too! You can also see some of our work in our portfolio, and you can also check out what’s happening on our blog.

No matter what you do right now, thanks for visiting. Come back anytime. Our doors—and hearts—are open!

From Our Blog
  • Have you heard of Camp Ooch?

    Camp Ooch is one of those magical charities you dream of working with and giving to. It’s a camp in northern Ontario that exclusively services and helps kids with cancer, enjoy camp life. It’s a safe place for them to play, find friends and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Our spring appeal told the difference the…

  • David and Colina

    There are “annual reports”… I’m sure you are picturing your 12, 16, 20, 24 page, 8.5″ x 11” report filled with copy about your amazing programs and tiny stock shots and photographs of people holding cheques. On the upside, the comms department was thrilled that you adhered to their excessive graphic standards and requests to…

  • #smallshoplove

    It’s no secret that AOG loves small shops. We don’t turn you away due to limited budgets and we quickly embrace those who have passion for our shared work. Small shops rule. Full stop. Jen and I travel all over North American, and even across the pond to share the fantastic work that our small…

Our Recent Work
  • Waterloo Region Food Bank Summer Appeal

    In this appeal, we brought one of our #donorlove principles to life by literally making the donor the hero. We asked the donor to be a Summer Hero by supporting their Food Bank, and shared stories to illustrate exactly how they could solve the problem of hunger during the summer with their gift. “Faster than…

  • Camp Ooch Summer Camp Appeal

    Camp Ooch, as it’s affectionately known, provides a camp experience for kids affected by cancer, not only at their camp in Muskoka, but also in pediatric oncology hospitals throughout Ontario. We were honoured to share Thalia’s incredible story (told by her dad, Theo) of how the “Magic of Ooch” has helped her: from her first…

  • Calgary Zoo Lemur Appeal

    The lemurs are coming! The lemurs are coming! This fun and friendly appeal invited donors and members to make a gift to help welcome Lemurs and their new Land of Lemurs habitat to the Calgary Zoo. We highlighted the matching gift to show the donor’s impact right on the outer envelope and the reply coupon.…

People Say the Nicest Things
  • I had the pleasure of working with John and the team at Agents of Good on our annual year-end appeal. The guidance and advice we received was invaluable and will improve all our future donor communications, not just this one appeal. John pushed us out of our comfort zone and challenged us to bring not just our appeal but also our relationship with our donors to the next level. He was patient, informative, and enthusiastic to see us succeed. If even half of the care and kindheartedness John showed to us and our appeal makes it to our donors, they are going to be overwhelmed with feelings of affection.

    Joanna Pelizzoni, Fundraising Manager, Histiocytosis Association
  • The Agents of Good are rigorous, creative, strategic and fun to work with. Jen’s energy and John’s insights are bar none. David, who I first worked with over a decade ago, endures as one of the most important visionaries in the fundraising world. The other Agents that they pull in for special assignments, Gwen and Ross in particular, provide oodles of experience and know-how. The day that they walked into our offices was one of the best days of my life.

  • Wow what an impressive team! Really informative, they know their trade! The Agents provide cutting edge creativity, well thought out recommendations that are current and relative. They set the stage to help us think critically about our charity and how we should move forward strategically. I find the agents extremely bright, well-informed – great presenters. Thank you very much – terrific work. I’m very happy to have them on my team. I have learned and continue to learn from their expertise.

  • The “Agents” are innovative and love to challenge what a typical Direct Marketing program should look like. Their think outside the box approach has worked well for all our programs. Whether it is online, direct mail or launching a campaign in our ON Nature magazine, or their “URG” (hire them to find out what that is!) – they always know how to keep campaigns fresh, exciting and engaging for the donors.

    The Agents of Good are not your run of the mill agency; their campaigns are put together for YOUR donor – not someone else’s – and our positive campaign results show this.

  • Agents of Good really took the time to understand the nuances of our organization – they got right to the heart of our values, and our vision of a world where all women and children are free from violence. To borrow the words of a Child and Youth Counsellor here at the shelter, “when I read what they wrote, I felt like they could see inside my head!”. While the agents may or may not have real x-ray vision, they must have some sort of superpower that enabled them to really get us – and to do it faster than a speeding bullet!

  • Working with the Agents has been a wonderful experience. Their fresh perspective brought new life to our direct mail program and helped open the door to new conversations with donors and with our team. Agents of Good helped us achieve our goals.

    Marnie Helmy, CFRE Manager of Advancement, Hillfield Strathallan College