Paula Attfield is President of Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), a full-service marketing and fundraising agency serving the non-profit sector. Paula has been a fundraiser for over 24 years and is responsible for client services at ST as well as the overall operations of the agency. On the operations side, Paula is responsible for all departments including account teams, administration, human resources and finances.
Paula’s passion lies in working with the non-profit organizations she is proud to serve. Paula provides strategic counsel to ST’s roster of non-profit clients, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Children’s Wish Foundation, University of Toronto, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Susan K. Komen among others. Paula provides strategic insight into multi-channel direct response fundraising and marketing strategies.
Paula is also a long-time volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter and has chaired the AFP Toronto Congress. Paula has served as the Chapter’s VP of Professional Development and VP Marketing & Communications. Additionally, Paula has Chaired and been part of numerous task forces and committees for the Chapter.
On the national scene, Paula served on the AFP Canadian Council in 2016 where she was on the Marketing and Communications Committee. In 2018, Paula was honoured to be selected as Chair-Elect of the AFP Canada Board of Directors. She served as Secretary/Treasurer on the AFP Canada Board in 2017. Paula also served as the Chair of the Governance Committee and also sits on the Communications Committee, Revenue Discussion Group and the Strategic Planning Committee.
Paula loves the international fundraising scene and is an annual attendee of the AFP International Conference and active participant in the AFP Canadian Leadership Retreat. Paula also attends the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands each year and continues to keep connected to fundraisers from around the world.
In her spare time, Paula enjoys healthy living, including spinning, yoga, practicing mindfulness and weight training. Best of all, Paula is mom to two great teenagers.