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
  • In Search of #DonorLove

    In Search of #DonorLove: Finding power and changing culture In 2017 my husband and I got married. We also made more gifts to charity than either of us ever have. It was a good year. For our wedding, instead of giving gifts to guests we played a game and surveyed everyone about where we should…

  • A pretty good appeal

    This direct mail appeal pretty good. Not perfect, but pretty good. Not too long ago, I opened my mailbox to find this inside. What works and what doesn’t? With my professional eye, I appreciated the handwriting. No computer created this! I looked closely at it to see it was from someone I knew even! In…

  • Ms Rupt Now!

    We’re talking about it. All of it. All things feminism and fundraising. Ms. Rupt Now is a community of women fundraisers who embrace diversity of thought, experience and opinion, disrupt the status quo, move philanthropy forward and lift each other up. This International Women’s Day, we are launching Ms. Rupt Now gatherings for women in…

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
  • What makes working with Agents of Good different from working with anyone else is their approach. They approached our web overhaul projects from the perspective of the user. They continued to ask – what does your audience want to see? How do they want to see it? While many companies might say they are donor-centric, Agents of Good embody that mantra in every word they write, every web page they design and every offer they make. And no one does it with more energy and enthusiasm for your cause than the Agents. I truly feel like they are as committed to our work as we are.

  • I first heard about the Agents of Good during a webinar where I listened to John critique a direct mail pack. I remember thinking that it would be pretty intimidating to be on the receiving end of John’s brutally honest DM commentary.  Turns out, getting that kind of feedback is a game-changer.  The Agents cut through clutter, jargon and ego to help create authentic and meaningful communications designed to make donors feel awesome about giving.  (The fact that donorlove boosts donor retention and revenue almost feels like a fringe benefit.) They were flexible in finding a way to work with us that fit our budget and needs.  The Agents are generous with their expertise which helps create better communications and better fundraisers.  It’s a real treat to work with them.

    Jacqueline Bell, Senior Development Officer, Direct Marketing
  • 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
  • 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
  • I have had the pleasure working with the Agents for a number of years. Their attention to detail, extensive knowledge of fundraising and marketing translates into tangible results. A dedicated team of professionals who are committed to every project!

    Ruth Catana, Executive Director, St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Foundation
  • 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.