Avon MacFarlane

Avon MacFarlane

Vice President, Offord Group, a Marts & Lundy Firm
Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy
Leader, Arts & Culture Practice


Toronto, Canada


University of Manitoba

Avon came to the Offord Group from the University of Toronto, where she spent 12 years as a pivotal strategist behind the $1 billion Great Minds Campaign — at the time, the largest campaign in Canadian history. Few fundraisers in Canada share her experience and insight into the mechanics of major philanthropy in Canada. Not only does Avon offer a vast expertise in prospect management, major giving, international philanthropy, annual and planned giving, she also can navigate the complexities of large institutions, having helped steer more than 25 faculties and divisions of the University towards a common fundraising goal.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Avon spent several years coordinating fundraising and sponsorship at Harbourfront Centre, seeking private and public funds for theatre festivals, children’s programming, dance series, films and music festivals. Avon has been involved as a volunteer in the arts and nonprofit sectors and is currently on the board of the Power Plant and President of the Board of Nightswimming Theatre.

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Artscape
  • Banff Centre
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • The Bentway Conservancy
  • Canadian Opera Company
  • Evergreen
  • Havergal College
  • Kid’s Help Phone
  • Medecins Sans Frontières
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
  • National Ballet School
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
  • Queen’s University
  • Right to Play
  • Royal Manitoba Theatre Company
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • St. Boniface Hospital
  • St. John’s Ravenscourt School
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Women’s College Hospital Foundation
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto