About Hallett Horlor

About Hallett Horlor

Who We Are

Hallett Horlor Inc. is a professional services firm dedicated to helping not-for-profits and charities thrive. Our 50 years of leadership experience has taught us that a strong strategic vision is not enough. You must translate vision to action. We have learned that one size, nor one approach, fits all. With each client, first we listen, then engage, and then together translate vision into success. Through our consulting and training services, we’ll help you, your staff and volunteers develop and realize today’s goals, and create a strong foundation for future success.

To ensure our client’s success, we have established several key strategic partnerships. We build teamsof seasoned fundraising, marketing, communications, sponsorship and technology professionals. Together we focus on your success.

Speaking of technology, we are pleased to offer our clients web-based, online technology. Campaign Manager and Prospect Manager developed by “Donor By Design”, enable our clients to focus on their prospects, donors and campaign canvassers.

We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your organization and plans, and to explore how Hallett Horlor Inc. can help you translate your vision to action!

We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your organization and plans, and to explore how Hallett Horlor Inc. can help you translate your vision to action!

Bill Hallett


In 1969 following graduation from the University of Windsor, in Ontario Dr. Hallett taught and coached at the high school and university level. Since 1974, Dr. Hallett has worked in the not-for-profit charitable sector. In 1981 Bill graduated with a PhD in Physical Education & Recreation from the University of Alberta. Fewer than ten Canadians hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) designation.

Bill joined the YMCA in Peterborough Ontario in 1979. In 1987 he became a staff member of the YMCA of Greater Toronto where he led the development of the Mississauga Family Centre, following which he became the Vice-President of Facility and Financial Development. As the Vice-President with the YMCA he was a member of YMCA Canada's Philanthropy Task Force and was on the Executive of the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO). In 1997, Bill left the YMCA to begin his consulting practice.

From 1997 to 2000 he developed his own full-service fundraising practice. In 2000 Bill joined The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation as its Chief Development Officer and led the development team that raised over $125 million during his three-year contract. In July 2003 he returned to his consulting practice full time. One of his major projects began in June 2004 when he led the creation of the Niagara Health System Foundation (NHSF). In early 2005, the new NHS Foundation Board of Directors asked Bill to continue as its President & CEO on a contractual basis. During his tenure from 2005-2010 he planned, launched and implemented Niagara’s successful region-wide It’s Our Time Campaign in collaboration and cooperation with the six local hospital site foundations. As a fundraising consultant Bill has been involved in the development of many other fundraising programs, feasibility and planning studies, capital campaigns for numerous clients.

In 1993 he became the founding President of the current Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter, following which he served on AFP’s International Board, later becoming the first Canadian to be elected to its Executive. He was a founding Board member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), the national organization in Canada that promotes planned giving. In 2003, the Toronto Chapter of AFP selected Bill as its Outstanding Fundraising Executive. From January 2007 to December 2008 Bill served as the Chair of the AFP Canada Council. Since 2011 he has taught the Major Gifts Course in Humber College’s Fundraising Certificate Program.

Bill has spoken at numerous conferences, including the AFP International Fundraising Conference, Toronto's AFP Congress and Fund Raising Day program, CAGP Conferences, Association of Health Care Philanthropy Conferences, NAYDO Conferences and many others. In 2003, Bill was a Co-Chair of AFP’s 40th International Fundraising Conference held in Toronto.

Tom Horlor


For over 30 years, Tom has dedicated his career to the charitable sector, helping charities craft inspiring visions, develop strategy, and focus on meaningful results.

In the mid-1980’s, Tom was fortunate to join the staff leadership team of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Over the next 20 plus years, Tom helped the YMCA grow to become one of the world’s largest YMCA’s, serving more than 300,000 people annually. During his tenure, Tom was responsible for program operations, facility development, marketing and communications, international development and, ended his as the Y’s Chief Development Officer. As the Y’s Chief Development Officer, Tom was responsible for leading several capital campaigns, raising over $40 million. In addition he brought clarity and focus to the Y's Endowment Program growing the Fund by 50%, doubling the annual campaign, and introducing the Y's corporate sponsorship program. Tom spearheaded a YMCA Canada national initiative to merge and re-brand the Y’s annual campaign, creating “The Strong Kids Campaign”. In 2007, Tom’s work was recognized by the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) as the Y's top fundraiser.

In 2007, Tom began his career as a Fundraising Consultant. Since then, Tom has had the pleasure of working with many small and large charities, helping them enhance their fundraising programs. Tom’s work has included board development, strategic planning, campaign strategy and implementation. He has worked closely with Board and other volunteers, to help them shape vision and strategy, and better understand their fundraising role. He has helped senior staff work to develop their organization’s culture of philanthropy, including recruiting, training and supervising key fundraising staff.

Lisa Dodd


Lisa attended the Université de Grenoble, France, receiving a Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française. Upon her return to Canada she worked in sales in the Money Market Departments of Wood Gundy and later Richardson Greenshields. In the mid 80’s and early 90’s Lisa became involved in fundraising as a volunteer, receiving a Government of Canada 125 Commemorative Medal for her community work.

In 1992 she was asked to step in for six months as the Executive Director of a newly formed Town of Oakville organization. This became a six-year position and was the start of Lisa’s professional development career. Joining Hallett Horlor Inc. in 2010, she brought eighteen years of diverse, senior fundraising experience to the firm.

Fundraising: Organized and led capital and annual campaigns at the YMCA of Oakville and Royal Botanical Gardens, raising more than $40 million over a 7 year period. Respectful, meaningful donor recognition and careful stewardship of donors is central to her fundraising style. Both institutions required leadership to initiate and/or reenergize their fundraising efforts. Under her leadership both institutions significantly grew their donor base and more than tripled their membership.

As Director of Development at Royal Botanical Gardens, (2006-2010) Lisa initiated and managed an integrated development plan that included annual giving and capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, a tribute and memorial program, enhanced grants and initiatives program, membership program, and a program to identify and train philanthropy volunteers Marketing & Event Management: Prior to joining the YMCA of Oakville in 1997, Lisa gained experience in large-scale event management, marketing and fundraising as the Executive Director of the Oakville Waterfront Festival. Under her direction, this unique event became one of the top 10 festivals in Ontario, with annual attendance of more than 100,000 people. The Festival was fiscally self-sustaining. Further it raised more than $100,000 annually for community partners and helped fund the building of a permanent performance stage in a local park. This was accomplished with a total of 2 staff members and the involvement of more than 300 volunteers.

At both the YMCA of Oakville and at the Royal Botanical Gardens Lisa was responsible for communicating the organizations’ mission and vision to donors, volunteers, staff members and community partners through public speaking, publications, openings, galas and donor focused events.

As a former YMCA colleague of both Bill Hallett and Tom Horlor, Lisa’s fundraising training, senior development experience and personal style made her a natural and welcome addition to Hallett Horlor Inc.