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Jesse Dees

Jesse Dees, CFRE


705.526.1300 ext. 5338 

Jesse joined the GBGH Foundation team in May 2023.

Jesse has extensive experience working in healthcare philanthropy, where she has garnered expertise in building meaningful donor relationships, developing and executing capital campaigns, and leading highly successful major and legacy giving programs. Jesse spent the last 8 years at the Collingwood Hospital Foundation where she most recently held the role as the Chief Development Officer and was responsible for the strategic execution and management of the Foundation’s overall fundraising strategies and operations. She also led the Major and Legacy Giving programs where she secured gifts in the $100,000 – $2M range. 

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from York University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Resource Development from Georgian College, where she served on the Advisory Committee for the program after graduating. Jesse also has a certificate in Major Gifts Initiatives & Capital Campaigns from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Business and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

Jesse earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in September 2017. In August 2018, she was named as one of the Association for Health Care Philanthropy’s Top Forty Under Forty leaders in North America. Jesse previously served on the Board of Directors of My Friends House in Collingwood.

Outside of work, Jesse enjoys spending time outside with her husband Dylan and daughter Lucy.

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