Our People

Jim Hilborn, ECS Chairman of the Board

Jim Hilborn Jim’s 45 years in technical and business information services are packed with innovation and achievement: teaching newsletter publishing at Ryerson University, launching scientific and financial newsletters, co-founding CharityVillage™, and winning a variety of editorial awards, including the Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Business Journalism.

During that time, he was equally active in the nonprofit world. He’s been president of the Canadian Society for Engineering Management and the Business Press Editors Association, Chair of the Board of Foster Parents Plan of Canada, and a Director of Foster Parents Plan International Inc, Camp Big Canoe, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Kanawa Canoe Museum, Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), and Youth Employment Services. Jim has been named a “Friend” of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the highest honour the CAGP awards its members.

In 2001, he launched Canadian FundRaiser eNEWS, a fully-formatted and trackable eLetter version of Canadian FundRaiser that within less than one year of its launch, was the largest-circulation information service in the Canadian development and nonprofit management sector. In 2005, Canadian FundRaiser launched a newsletter for gift planners, Gift Planning in Canada, and a series of workshops targeted at the Canadian nonprofit sector. Late in 2007, Jim launched Civil Sector Press, Canada’s first book publishing company focusing entirely on the nonprofit and charity sector.

He has two children who make him very happy, four beautiful grandchildren, a lovely old sloop Liberté, and a patient life partner Laura, who manages, with varying success, to moderate his many business enthusiasms.


Lisa MacDonald, Editorial Director

lisa-macdonald.jpg From the time she was small, Lisa was told she had a "way with words." She liked to talk, she liked to read and she liked to write.  A degree in journalism from Carleton University formalized her skillset but after graduating, her career path took a fortuitous detour into the nonprofit sector working with organizations such as The Terry Fox Foundation, The MS Society and Junior Achievement.

After more than 12 years of successful brand-building, fundraising and stakeholder relations, Lisa returned to her love of words and began working as a freelance book editor and writer. Partnering with The Hilborn Group in 2010 has allowed Lisa to apply her many experiences to furthering the growth and maturity of the sector she continues to feel most passionate about.

As the editor of Gift Planning in Canada, and AFP eWire Canada, Lisa helps frontline fundraisers stay connected with current trends and best practices across the country.  As the in-house book editor for Hilborn's imprint Civil Sector Press, Lisa has edited seven titles including the best seller, Excellence in Fundraising in Canada. Lisa continues to write articles and looks forward to authoring her first book. Contact her at lisa@hilborn.com or connect on Twitter, @lisalmacdonald.


Ann Rosenfield, Editor of Hilborn Charity eNews

Ann RosenfeldAnn Rosenfield MBA,CFRE is an award-winning professional who has been helping donors, volunteers, Boards, and neighbours make good decisions about charity for over 20 years. She has worked as Executive Director of a small charity and has also worked in a large, national nonprofit with a staff of 1,000. Her professional volunteer leadership service includes over 8 years with Imagine Canada and over 20 years with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In her spare time, she serves as Board Secretary of Rainbow Railroad and is a roll-up-the sleeves volunteer with several local charities including Not Far From The Tree.

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