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Jonathon Grapsas is the founder and director at flat earth direct.

Jonathon GrapsasJonathon set up flat earth direct in 2011 to work with organizations that want to make real, societal change.

Jonathon has spent 15 years working with charities all around the world. After cutting his teeth in direct marketing in Melbourne, he did what most Aussies do and set off to live and work in the UK. It’s here he stumbled into fundraising, working with some of Britain’s most successful fundraising organizations such as the NSPCC while Account Director for award winning agency Pell & Bales.

After three years it was time to head home. Jonathon then began working with direct response agency Pareto Fundraising. After setting up and establishing Pareto’s Melbourne office, itchy feet once again set in. This time it was Canada calling. And Pareto’s North American branch was born, where Jonathon spent 3 years as Regional Director convincing Canadian and American charities that what works in far flung places like Australia worked there too. And it did.

After returning to Australia at the end of 2010, the time was right to take the plunge and set up the agency he’d always wanted to. And so was born flat earth direct.

If you’d like to chat to Jonathon about your unique fundraising challenge, please give him a shout on +614 0447 5551, or drop him a line at jonathon@flatearthdirect.com

 

Sara Mansfield is a senior consultant.

Sara MansfieldSara and Jono have known each other for over a decade, having met in the UK when Sara worked at the NSPCC. Since that point, he maintains she has stalked him, even going to the lengths of immigrating to Australia. Sara, however, begs to differ, stating that she is here for her family, the wonderful people, the lovely weather and of course the many opportunities to put her fundraising knowledge and skills to good effect.

Sara has actually been fundraising all her life, as her school reports will attest, and specialised in development aid at Uni. She's a world renowned expert in the use of the telephone as a fundraising channel, as well as in the strategic planning of individual giving programs.

Outside of work Sara spends time with her family and loves to walk her fur baby, Mojo, in the reserves around her neighbourhood. She also loves to laugh, so at least you can hear her coming and get out of the way.

If you'd like to discuss fundraising with Sara, especially in regards to telephone campaigns,  you can contact her on +614 2465 5118, or drop her a line at sara@flatearthdirect.com 

Or you can be in touch on twitter at @sara_mansfield

 

Kirsty Graham is a senior consultant.

Kirsty Kirsty, who joined the team in 2016, has been fundraising since primary school. Back then it was the plight of the Northern hairy- nosed wombat that piqued her interest and ever since she has been working to raise funds for worthy causes.

Kirsty has over 13 years of professional experience including building her own fundraising programs at Surf Life Saving Foundation, Youngcare and RSPCA Queensland. This includes producing national premium direct mail acquisition, achieving significant wins in major gifts, corporate gifts and grants, helping to create and recruit for major challenge events and of course, delivering massive growth in regular giving and cash income. As well as being heavily involved with boards and CEO’s to instill and build a fundraising culture from scratch.   

If you’d like to talk to Kirsty about any challenges and opportunities you may presently be facing in your organisation, please give her a call on 0414 490 029 or email kirsty@flatearthdirect.com.

 

 Kate Plokstys is an account director.

Kate Drewitt SmithKate started agency life surrounded by moisturisers, hair curlers and lavish events, before deciding that beauty PR wasn’t for her.

Enter the world of fundraising for not-for-profits. In her three and a half years at Pareto Fundraising, Kate worked with some of the most talented and inspiring fundraisers in Australia. She had the privilege of working with nearly 20 charities – from medical research and child welfare to international aid and animal charities – and on more than 70 campaigns.

But then Kate heard of the incredible work that was going on over at flat earth direct, and she hasn’t looked back.  She loved the idea of an agency that brought people together from all over the world, and helped charities, no matter how big or small, achieve amazing things – both online and offline.

You can chat to Kate about making great campaigns by contacting her on +614 0469 8720, or drop her a line at kate@flatearthdirect.com 

On the twitterverse you can follow Kate at @KDrewittSmith

 

Josie O'Hara is an account director.

Josie O'haraAfter years of shopping centre marketing, Josie decided it was time to stop spending and start making. Enter Cancer Council Queensland where she spent the next three years managing the direct marketing program for one of Australia's leading cancer research organisations.

It was here Josie cut her teeth in the fundraising world managing all aspects of the direct marketing program including appeals, acquisition campaigns, regular giving, monthly e-newsletters, gifts in memory as well as supporting the bequest program. 

A true direct marketer, Josie loves seeing stuff come to fruition, which in charity life means seeing generous donor support make amazing things happen. She joined flat earth direct in 2012 to share in "multiple charities awesome work". 

If you want to share your awesome work with Josie, you can chat to her on +614 0243 9837, or send her an email at josie@flatearthdirect.com

You can chat to Josie on twitter at @josieohara13

 

Paige Johnson is an account director.

Paige JohnsonPaige's start in the marketing world was textbook. After completing a double degree in psychology and marketing, Paige accepted a scholarship to join the Melbourne arm of a successful global advertising network. Six years later, Paige had gained industry experience in a number of agencies, across a wide range of clients, and in just about every medium known to man.

Paige's (presumably first of many) mid-life crisis hit in early 2013 and before she knew it, she'd downed tools and found herself travelling the world to see what else was out there.

Enter flat earth direct. Paige jumped at the chance to join such an inspiring team so focused on achieving the best results for their NFP clients. Paige is thrilled to be able to put her account management skills to better use with the passionate team at fed.

Paige describes herself as an overly-organised, stationery-loving, Bombers fanatic, who doesn't believe in a one-course meal.

If you would like to chat to Paige about how she can help you, give her a buzz on +614 0281 0909 or drop her a line at paige@flatearthdirect.com

And to catch Paige's rare but not-to-be-missed tweets, follow her on twitter at @paige_sj86

 

Margaux Smith is an account director.

Margaux SmithAfter gaining a post-grad in Fundraising from Toronto's Humber College, one of our resident Canadians spent two years in London working for one of the UK's top charity DM agencies, Bluefrog. As a copywriter in their creative department, she had the privilege of writing record-breaking packs for wonderful charities like Marie Curie, Blue Cross, and Parkinson's UK.

But as her visa came to an end, Margaux couldn't resist exploring another part of the world – and another side of fundraising.

Always eager for a challenge, she contacted Jonathon to ask if he'd take a chance on her in a completely different role – account handling. Thankfully, he agreed and in July 2013, Margaux moved to Australia to join flat earth direct. She's now getting the chance to put her strategic thinking, industry knowledge, and attention to detail to good use.

Beyond business hours, Margaux's a bit obsessed with learning as much as she can, while cuddling as many animals as possible. 

If you'd like to talk nerdy to Margaux about anything fundraising, give her a call at +614 5234 6200, or drop her a line at margaux@flatearthdirect.com

And she's all over twitter at @margauxs – if you're into that sort of thing.
 

Hannah Macauslane is a senior account manager. 

Hannah MacauslaneFrom the get go Hannah knew working with not for profits was for her. She set her sights on immersing herself in all things fundraising with the hope of making a real difference.Working with Cancer Council Queensland she begun to do just that and wasn’t surprised to find she loved it.

She spent over four and a half years working on and managing a variety of income streams including events and direct mail before managing the growth of regular giving – namely through face to face. As a self-described ‘lover of a challenge’ she enjoyed creating some record breaking packs as well as working to find, retain and upgrade regular givers.

After continuing to hear of the great work happening at flat earth direct she jumped at the chance to share in the innovative work of numerous charities. When she’s not fundraising you’ll likely find Hannah somewhere in the great outdoors or hanging out with her water loving pooch Archie. She’s also partial to a good book, and an even better glass of red.

To chat to Hannah give her a call on +614 1956 4947 or drop her a line on hannah@flatearthdirect.com

 

Leslie Cloak is a senior account manager.

Leslie HayLeslie started her career in the non-profit industry five years ago in Vancouver, Canada where she worked with one of the largest face-to-face agencies in North America. Hooked on fundraising, individual giving and searching for a new adventure, Leslie jumped on a plane to Melbourne and hasn’t looked back. For three years, Leslie worked as the Client Partnerships Manager at Public Outreach, one of Australia’s most trusted and ethical face-to-face agencies.

After seeing Jonathon speak at different conferences and hearing about the innovative campaigns flat earth direct is driving in the Australian fundraising industry, Leslie was very keen to join the team.    

Outside of work Leslie can be found on her yoga mat, riding her bike and daydreaming about the rescue dog she doesn’t have yet.   

If you'd like to chat with Leslie, you can contact her on +614 2499 9277, or drop her a line at leslie@flatearthdirect.com

 

Lee Harrow is a senior account manager.

Lee Harrow

Lee started her career navigating the red-tape world of public relations for government departments, as well as organisations in the health and financial sectors. So when the chance to work in the not for profit sector popped up, there was no stopping her!

Outside of fundraising, Lee is often found at a design market, a late brunch, or trying to pat the last dog she’s passed on the street.

If you'd like to chat with Lee, you can contact her on +61 432 266 740, or drop her a line at lee@flatearthdirect.com

 

Holly Browne is an account manager.

Holly Browne

After finishing university majoring in advertising, Holly’s career began when she was lured into the craft of direct response within the corporate media agency world. Over the next 5 years, she worked with multiple clients on varying cross-channel campaigns that ultimately drove ROI – an outcome that she finds both exciting and comforting.

 Despite having a strong passion for the work itself, she reached a point in which she wanted to take her knowledge and use it for good. And so, when flat earth direct came along, she knew it was the mix of agency and work ethic she was looking for.

On the weekends you will most likely find Holly somewhere outside – whether that is partaking in beach swims, hiking, re-organising her small and very full garden or just sitting down by the water with a good book.

To chat to Holly, you can buzz her on + 61 431 858 360, tweet her on @Hollybrowne_ or drop her a line on holly@flatearthdirect.com

 

Amanda Nguyen is an account manager.

Amanda NguyenAmanda first cut her teeth in the fast paced world of retail advertising. After years of working her way up from grad level to account manager at a Sydney based advertising agency, she decided it was time for a change. A recent trip to Tibet had reawakened her dormant passion for human rights and social justice.

Amanda had always dreamt of working in the not for profit sector and making a difference in the world, so when the opportunity arrived to work for flat earth direct, she leapt at the chance.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys travelling, culinary adventures and a deep passion for the arts, namely Korean pop music. She also shares an affinity for pandas, and combs the world to collate panda related paraphernalia. 

If you’d like to chat with Amanda, you can contact her on +614 0398 0762, or email her at amanda@flatearthdirect.com

  

Danielle Ong is an account manager.

Danielle OngDanielle started her career in advertising agencies in Singapore, where she worked on a range of blue chip clients across the banking and finance, global entertainment, hospitality and consumer electronic industries. Despite working on big brands and campaigns that ran worldwide, she never felt completely at peace, as she wanted a career in which she could make a real difference.

She decided to start afresh halfway across the world – and it was in Melbourne that she was given the opportunity to work at flat earth direct. Danielle is passionate about applying her knowledge and experience to the not-for-profit industry.

On weekends, you will find Danielle volunteering at an aged care facility. She enjoys the occasional 5km run, reading classics, designing jewelry, and creating what she calls ‘foodography’ – a blend of poetry and photography of food.

If you'd like to chat with Danielle, you can contact her on +614 0583 8188, or drop her a line at danielle@flatearthdirect.com