Tanya Rumble

Adresse courriel

Poste occupé:
Director of Development, Faculty of Arts
Ryerson University
Type de formation (1):
Formation universitaire (Baccalauréat)
Programme de formation (1):
Honours Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from McMaster University
Type de formation (2):
Formation universitaire (Certificat)
Programme de formation (2):
Gradutate Certificate in Marketing Communications at NYU
Type de formation (3):
Programme de formation (3):
AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and DiverseCity Fellowship
Types de professionnel-le:
Professionnels-les dans les OBNL et OBE
Secteurs d'organisation:
Avancement de l’éducation
Types d'organisation:
Organismes à but non lucratif (OBNL)

Can you present yourself?

Tanya Hannah Rumble, CFRE is a fundraising leader who has raised millions for some of Canada’s largest charities. Tanya is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion; and power and privilege and how these intersect with philanthropy. Tanya holds an Honours Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from McMaster, earned a Gradutate Certificate in Marketing Communications at NYU; she is also a graduate of the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and DiverseCity Fellowship. Tanya is a new mom, a voracious consumer of podcasts, and a baking enthusiast. Tanya gratefully acknowledges the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, whose traditional territory she lives and works with her husband and young son.

What brought you to work in the philanthropic sector?

I began my career in public health as a health promotion specialist working in the area of chronic non-communicable disease. After a fulfilling five years in public health, I desired a change – with a bias for action and entrepreneurial spirit I pivoted into fundraising for chronic non-communicable disease. I am now a fundraising leader who has raised millions for some of Canada’s largest charities including Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, McMaster University and now Ryerson University.

Can you define and explain what your activity and/or position consists of within your organization?

I lead the advancement activities for the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University – this includes fundraising, alumni and community engagement.

What is your professional education? Is it relevant in the context of your philanthropic involvement? Why?

I graduated with an H.B.A., Political Science from McMaster University, earned a Masters Certificate at NYU in Marketing Communications, and have completed numerous professional certificates including Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials (Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors) and Truth and Reconciliation Through Right Relations (Banff Centre). I have been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2017, completed my Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P™) in April 2020, and most recently was approved to take the certification exam for the Communication Management Professional (CMP) designation through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Talk to us briefly about your professional background?

I have worked in the nonprofit sector for the past decade as a professional fundraiser. I have worked in leadership giving, corporate giving and sponsorship, peer to peer events, planned giving, and major giving at three large health charities and for the past 3 years in higher education at McMaster and now Ryerson. Additionally, I am an active leadership volunteer in the sector: Board Director with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada, and Board Committee volunteer with AFP Canada-Foundation; executive volunteer with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners; Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the HR Committee with FindHelp Information Services – operators of 211 Toronto; and Board Director with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In addition to sharing my knowledge, I am committed to lifelong learning – I am a graduate of the 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and the 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship.

What are the challenges and issues related to your position in philanthropy?

The maxim ‘the customer is always right’ has been adopted in the nonprofit sector in that ‘the donor is always right’, however, this is not so. Donors are motivated for a myriad of reasons to make philanthropic contributions to various causes and organizations and entangled in their altruism are unconscious and conscious bias, the white saviour complex, and other privileges that can unintentionally cause harm and oppress beneficiaries of their philanthropy. I believe donor education on power and privilege in philanthropy is required in relation to three specific issues (positioning how their wealth and assets have been accumulated and the wealth disparities amongst racialized and non-racialized communities; the value and need to involve under-resourced communities and beneficiaries of philanthropy in the philanthropic process; and shifting the dynamics of donor recognition and stewardship such that it doesn’t burden or oppress beneficiaries).

How would you define philanthropy today? How does this definition influence your working methods?

Charitable organizations are facing a reckoning and need to examine their role in perpetuating systemic inequities while trying to advance admittedly noble causes. Calls for greater transparency and integrity in the way donations are solicited or accepted are growing louder yet there are few organizations with clear and publicly stated approaches on the considerations given in dealing with donors. Furthermore, there are numerous organizations whose very existence and history is based on perpetuating the white saviour complex. Such organizations are at a crossroads today- finding themselves with diminishing fundraising results, scrutiny over culturally insensitive programming, and lack of relevance with the next generation of donors.

What advice would you give to someone who wishes to pursue a career in your profession/activity?

Lots, but would also be eager to hear what their perspective is and how it can transform my own thinking on my role as a fundraiser and the sector.

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