Jolene Livingston is an incessantly energetic, dynamic and driven leader who continually inspires her team to find innovative solutions for their clients. Just as the business has grown, so has her vision for the impact Bespoke Social Profit Solutions can have on the entire industry—one that plays a $10 billion role in Canada’s economy. This is why strategic planning, marketing and communication, and enterprise feasibility are alongside fundraising as a part of Bespoke’s service options.
“I look forward to the diversity and challenge of my days. I love learning about all the different social causes and the people who work tirelessly to promote them. Research tells us the prevention and intervention have enormous impact in terms of social and economic return on investment and yet charities are often seen as valuable mainly in the face of crisis. My goal is for not-for-profits to be recognized and treated as significant, contributing players in the everyday improvement of community and city life.”
Before starting Bespoke
Jolene spent a decade on the Development Leadership Team at the University of Calgary, where she and her colleagues lead a team of nearly 100 to deliver an annual $100+ million fundraising strategy. She designed and delivered campaigns for the $60 million Schulich School of Engineering’s expansion, the $40 million Taylor Family Institute for Teaching and Learning and the $25 million Werklund School of Education.