Founded by two of Australia’s leading fundraising experts and thinkers, Marcus Blease and Andrew Sabatino, Donor Republic has rapidly grown to become Australia’s leading full-service fundraising and marketing agency.

Our uncompromising pursuit of fundraising excellence means we give our partners everything we’ve got, so you and your donors not only fulfil your vision and purpose, but grow your impact beyond what you ever thought possible.

The Donor Republic crew
Donor Republic’s Sydney based team

Our team includes many of Australia's best and brightest fundraisers, marketers, strategists, and creatives, who share an unstoppable drive for helping charities and social good organisations achieve exceptional results. Click on a team member below to see what makes us tick, as well as our experience and key skill areas.

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Marcus Blease

Marcus Blease

Director

Executive Team - Sydney Office

As Co-Founder of Donor Republic, Marcus is incredibly proud of building an agency that has helped over 50 organisations achieve outstanding fundraising and marketing success.

Before Donor Republic, Marcus was General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising at Cerebral Palsy Alliance for eight years, overseeing the growth of their fundraising from $12m to $31m. He worked in similar roles at Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Council QLD for six years, and at a small HIV/AIDS charity.

Marcus also founded the innovative social change campaign, ‘Include a Charity’, leading a transformation of people’s perceptions of charity gifts in their wills, and has served six years on the Board of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Marcus Blease

Marcus Blease

Director

Andrew Sabatino

Andrew Sabatino

Director

Executive Team - Adelaide Office

Andrew is Co-Founder of Donor Republic, specialising in strategic fundraising plans, appeals, regular giving, digital, middle & major donor, corporate partnerships, and Gifts in Wills.

He is a past state and national winner of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Fundraiser of the year award, as well as being nominated as a pro-bono Change Maker, and Fundraising and Philanthropy Change Maker.

Prior to Donor Republic, Andrew led Guide Dogs SA/NT to experience significant fundraising growth from $1m to $9m over seven years. He also chaired the Guide Dogs Australia Fundraising Committee, overseeing an increase in revenue from $57 to $89m in four years.

Andrew Sabatino

Andrew Sabatino

Director

Carrie Fletcher

Carrie Fletcher

Group Account Director

Events & Digital Teams - Executive Team - Remote

Carrie currently supports events and digital fundraising campaigns for over twenty charities. Working in the not-for-profit space since 2008, she loves fundraising events, being a data nerd, and creating great experiences for supporters. Her expertise is in event & digital fundraising strategy, digital acquisition, social media advertising, two-step campaigns & lead generation, supporter journeys, supporter engagement & relationship management, data analysis and digital production.

Carrie Fletcher

Carrie Fletcher

Group Account Director

Kate McMillan

Kate McMillan

Group Account Director

Executive Team - Individual Giving Team - Adelaide Office

Kate is a highly experienced project manager and team leader with over 25 years marketing experience across a broad range of industry sectors. For over nine years she was Fundraising Manager at Cancer Council SA, driving the organisation through significant periods of fundraising growth and achieving over $11m in annual revenue. An Individual Giving all-rounder, she lets both data and donor-based insights lead, to deliver impactful and effective fundraising outcomes for her clients.

Kate McMillan

Kate McMillan

Group Account Director

Stuart Ghent

Stuart Ghent

Executive Creative Director

Creative Team - Executive Team - Sydney Office

Stuart has used every facet of the modern communications spectrum to help a wide range of charities and not-for-profits raise funds, build support and drive engagement.

For over thirty years, he has managed creative departments and creative agencies, working with marketing departments and fundraising teams to create fundraising propositions and appeals with passion and power.

What gets him up in the morning – his professional coffee – is using creativity to make the world a better place.

Stuart Ghent

Stuart Ghent

Executive Creative Director

Nicole Lawrence

Nicole Lawrence

Finance Manager

Executive Team - Operations - Sydney Office

Nicole is a Certified Practising Accountant with over 15 years’ experience working as a Financial Controller, mostly in small-to-medium sized firms. She has worked across all areas of finance – most recently in an organisation providing patient support services and clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. Nicole is a team player with a high level of customer and commercial focus built on interaction in service industries.

Nicole Lawrence

Nicole Lawrence

Finance Manager

Mark Harper

Mark Harper

Business Manager

Operations - Remote

Prior to joining Donor Republic, Mark’s work took him all around Sydney, managing complex, large-scale, and ambitious urban design and architectural projects. His background in analysis, project management, and team management has given him a strong foundation for his current role.

Mark Harper

Mark Harper

Business Manager

Nicole Lawrence

Nicole Lawrence

Finance Manager

Executive Team - Operations - Sydney Office

Nicole is a Certified Practising Accountant with over 15 years’ experience working as a Financial Controller, mostly in small-to-medium sized firms. She has worked across all areas of finance – most recently in an organisation providing patient support services and clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. Nicole is a team player with a high level of customer and commercial focus built on interaction in service industries.

Nicole Lawrence

Nicole Lawrence

Finance Manager

Stuart Ghent

Stuart Ghent

Executive Creative Director

Creative Team - Executive Team - Sydney Office

Stuart has used every facet of the modern communications spectrum to help a wide range of charities and not-for-profits raise funds, build support and drive engagement.

For over thirty years, he has managed creative departments and creative agencies, working with marketing departments and fundraising teams to create fundraising propositions and appeals with passion and power.

What gets him up in the morning – his professional coffee – is using creativity to make the world a better place.

Stuart Ghent

Stuart Ghent

Executive Creative Director

Sarah Keogh

Sarah Keogh

Head of Design

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Sarah is a passionate fundraiser and empathetic art director. Her motivating drive is creating positive change for those in need. Sarah was Head of Design and Assistant Creative Director at Pareto Fundraising for nearly eight years. She also brings valuable commercial sector experience, having worked in major mainstream agencies in Dublin, Nairobi, and Sydney.

Sarah Keogh

Sarah Keogh

Head of Design

Natalie Ip

Natalie Ip

Art Director

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Passionate about all things ‘people’ and ‘planet’, Natalie is a purpose-driven designer with over 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Natalie is a creative problem solver, branding specialist and visual communications strategist who loves to build insightful and inspiring designs from strong strategic foundations. She has helped develop many successful campaigns for world-class charities all around Australia. 

Natalie Ip

Natalie Ip

Art Director

Lee-Emma Iwanicki

Lee-Emma Iwanicki

Agency Traffic Manager

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Emma makes sure the Donor Republic creative gears spin in her role as Operations Lead and Traffic Manager. She has over 20 years of experience in advertising, design, and branding, and understands the environments that help creatives thrive. Without Emma’s say, no one in our creative studio and digital production teams picks up a pencil!

Lee-Emma Iwanicki

Lee-Emma Iwanicki

Agency Traffic Manager

Drew Nguyen

Drew Nguyen

IG Digital Design Lead

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Nothing inspires Drew more than bringing inspiring stories to life through creative design. Whether it’s kids who need a chance at a better life, supporting frontline medical heroes, or helping families get the support they need in tough times, Drew consistently strives to do every story justice, with design that feels personal, warm, and powerful.

Drew Nguyen

Drew Nguyen

IG Digital Design Lead

Maria Maynard

Maria Maynard

Events Digital Design Lead

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Across many years of charity and fundraising experience, Maria has worked with both not-for-profit and blue-chip clients. Her passion is building awareness and raising funds for important humanitarian, environmental, conservation and research-based causes.

Maria Maynard

Maria Maynard

Events Digital Design Lead

Frankie Brook

Frankie Brook

Senior Copywriter

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Frankie gets her kicks from beautifully written stories, progressive design, and clever bits of tech. She’s fully invested in doing every story justice and believes in the power of writing to persuade people to give to charities – whether that be time, money, or energy. It all works together to change the world for the better.

Frankie Brook

Frankie Brook

Senior Copywriter

Nikki Farmer

Nikki Farmer

Graphic Designer

Creative Team - Sydney Office

Nikki is a graphic designer who loves achieving positive social impact through creative design and execution. She previously worked at design studios, charities, and retail organisations before finding her place at Donor Republic in 2020.

Nikki Farmer

Nikki Farmer

Graphic Designer

Carrie Fletcher

Carrie Fletcher

Group Account Director

Events & Digital Teams - Executive Team - Remote

Carrie currently supports events and digital fundraising campaigns for over twenty charities. Working in the not-for-profit space since 2008, she loves fundraising events, being a data nerd, and creating great experiences for supporters. Her expertise is in event & digital fundraising strategy, digital acquisition, social media advertising, two-step campaigns & lead generation, supporter journeys, supporter engagement & relationship management, data analysis and digital production.

Carrie Fletcher

Carrie Fletcher

Group Account Director

Lachlan Dale

Lachlan Dale

Digital Strategy Director

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Lachlan has spent more than a decade helping not-for-profits flourish in the digital space, including serving with Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International, Australian Red Cross, Oxfam and Pareto Fundraising. Lachlan’s areas of expertise include digital strategy; data analysis; two-step campaigns & lead generation; digital acquisition; content marketing; email strategy; social media advertising; supporter/donor engagement; online activism; and digital transformation.

Lachlan Dale

Lachlan Dale

Digital Strategy Director

Emily Dougan

Emily Dougan

Account Director

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Emily is a passionate and enthusiastic digital marketing specialist and fundraiser. She has ten years’ experience in both agency and in-house roles. For the last four years, Emily has worked in a digital fundraising agency and executed some of Australia’s biggest peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. Her specialties are digital fundraising strategy, event and campaign strategy, supporter journeys, mass participation events and community fundraising.

Emily Dougan

Emily Dougan

Account Director

Tamsin Loy

Tamsin Loy

Account Director

Events & Digital Teams - Remote

Tamsin loves using her optimism, energy, and fundraising experience to make a positive impact in people’s lives. With more than 15 years of fundraising experience in Australia and the UK, she’s developed and executed successful event marketing and fundraising strategies and consistently exceeds income targets. Tamsin has also led multiple large peer-to-peer campaigns for Oxfam, MS Ltd and Vision Australia.

Tamsin Loy

Tamsin Loy

Account Director

Louisa Frigo

Louisa Frigo

Senior Account Manager

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Louisa is a marketing and communications professional and details-obsessed campaign strategist. Louisa has wide-ranging experience in delivering end-to-end campaigns. She’s a passionate marketer who always keeps the supporter at the heart of every decision, and works hard to achieve outstanding results for clients.

Louisa Frigo

Louisa Frigo

Senior Account Manager

Jessie Clark

Jessie Clark

Senior Account Manager

Events & Digital Teams - Remote

Jessie is an experienced fundraising professional with an extensive background in event management and relationship building. She’s enthusiastic about enhancing supporter journeys to maximise results. Jessie enjoys fostering close relationships with her clients, and loves helping them create successful campaigns that outperform expectations.

Jessie Clark

Jessie Clark

Senior Account Manager

Danielle Cameron

Danielle Cameron

Senior Account Manager

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Danielle is passionate about turning fundraising events into memorable experiences for participants, donors, and organisations alike. With over six years’ experience in event fundraising, Dannielle brings a combination of energetic enthusiasm and sage wisdom to her projects and always delivers consistent, high-quality results.

Danielle Cameron

Danielle Cameron

Senior Account Manager

Jo-Anne Wierde

Jo-Anne Wierde

Senior Account Manager

Events & Digital Teams - Remote

Jo is a highly committed and experienced fundraiser with 7 years fundraising experience. During this time, Jo has managed many peer-to-peer fundraising events/campaigns, whilst working closely in other areas of fundraising including individual and corporate giving. Jo has managed the community fundraising program at RSPCA Victoria for the last 5 years, with experience in both physical and virtual fundraising events. She understands the importance of engaging with fundraisers and creating memorable and successful events.

Jo-Anne Wierde

Jo-Anne Wierde

Senior Account Manager

Georgie Porter

Georgie Porter

Senior Account Manager

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Georgie has worked in the not-for-profit sector for almost five years. She is passionate about creating meaningful events and experiences to draw people closer to causes that really matter, and is committed to achieving the very best outcomes for her clients.

Georgie Porter

Georgie Porter

Senior Account Manager

Jess Carius

Jess Carius

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Jess is a passionate, well-rounded fundraiser with a keen interest in digital and new product development. Throughout her eight years in fundraising on both agency and client side, Jess has been lucky enough to work on some of Australia’s most iconic Peer-To-Peer campaigns, as well as the individual giving programs of major charities.

Jess Carius

Jess Carius

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Ashleigh Yardy

Ashleigh Yardy

Digital Strategist

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Ashleigh is a digital marketing and campaigns specialist, with almost a decade of non-profit and public sector experience in Australia and the UK. Passionate about social justice and creating a fairer world for all, Ashleigh is motivated to achieve positive outcomes for social change. Her experience ranges from digital communications and fundraising, advocacy and public campaigning, as well as brand and gifts in wills marketing.

Ashleigh Yardy

Ashleigh Yardy

Digital Strategist

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Events & Digital Teams - Remote

Michael is a digital fundraising expert with extensive experience across the marketing and fundraising sectors. With a passion for bringing best practice global marketing strategies to an Australia audience, Michael uses an entrepreneurial mindset to deliver creative solutions to clients.

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Georgia Henley

Georgia Henley

Digital Campaign Specialist

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Georgia is a digital campaign specialist, combining on-the-ground experience in the not-for-profit sector in the UK alongside agency experience in Australia. She has worked across multiple peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and SMB digital campaigns, and has a passion for helping organisations drive positive change in society.

Georgia Henley

Georgia Henley

Digital Campaign Specialist

Jean-Pierre Amour

Jean-Pierre Amour

Supporter Relationships Manager

Events & Digital Teams - Remote

Jean-Pierre brings a strong drive to every project, working tirelessly to get results for every client he works with. With a strong background in sales, training and customer service, he always goes the extra mile to exceed client expectations. Jean-Pierre is motivated by the belief that people and networks are to be treated with utmost respect for their sake and for the benefit of their organisations.

Jean-Pierre Amour

Jean-Pierre Amour

Supporter Relationships Manager

John Campbell

John Campbell

Tech Lead

Events & Digital Teams - Adelaide Office

John is a digital Swiss Army Knife, proficient in digital marketing, web development, data, machine learning, email automation, integrations, design, branding, UI/UX, SEO, copywriting, and even more. His fundamental driving motivation is finding smart tech solutions to tricky new fundraising challenges – leading him to accept crazy challenges but meeting them with zeal.

John Campbell

John Campbell

Tech Lead

Carlo Vinci

Carlo Vinci

Senior Front-end Developer

Events & Digital Teams - Remote

Carlo has a passion for bringing creative fundraising ideas to life through web design, workshops, and wireframes. He’s a professional front-end developer with 20 years’ experience in a wide range of applications. He combines a deep understanding of the evolving field of online fundraising, and a relentless drive for excellence to produce cutting-edge digital solutions for Australian charities and social good organisations.

Carlo Vinci

Carlo Vinci

Senior Front-end Developer

Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu

Digital Producer

Events & Digital Teams - Adelaide Office

Jen is a digital marketing and production specialist with several years’ experience building marketing campaigns in the US and Australia. She loves finding creative ways to ‘make it happen’, and is driven to achieve impressive results using a combination of resources, tools, and an awareness of the latest digital trends.

Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu

Digital Producer

Zac Gough

Zac Gough

Digital Producer

Events & Digital Teams - Sydney Office

Zac is a digital producer who has been working on digital campaigns for not-for-profits for 7 years. He works across many facets of campaigns, including Facebook, Google Ads and email marketing. His main specialty lies in data analysis and reporting, and he’s always keen to fix your tracking.

Zac Gough

Zac Gough

Digital Producer

Kate McMillan

Kate McMillan

Group Account Director

Executive Team - Individual Giving Team - Adelaide Office

Kate is a highly experienced project manager and team leader with over 25 years marketing experience across a broad range of industry sectors. For over nine years she was Fundraising Manager at Cancer Council SA, driving the organisation through significant periods of fundraising growth and achieving over $11m in annual revenue. An Individual Giving all-rounder, she lets both data and donor-based insights lead, to deliver impactful and effective fundraising outcomes for her clients.

Kate McMillan

Kate McMillan

Group Account Director

Cara Morrison

Cara Morrison

Account Director

Individual Giving Team - Sydney Office

A passionate fundraiser with over ten years’ experience in end-to-end management of successful direct marketing campaigns. Taking a collaborative and data driven approach I deliver programs within budget, increase revenue, and improve ROI. My strengths are in multi-channel campaigns, budget development and financial modelling.

Cara Morrison

Cara Morrison

Account Director

James Watkins

James Watkins

Account Director

Individual Giving Team - Adelaide Office

James has years of experience helping some of Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations achieve exceptional fundraising outcomes. He is passionate about creating effective fundraising through audience-led insights and engaging value propositions.

James Watkins

James Watkins

Account Director

Pagen Winen

Pagen Winen

Account Director

Individual Giving Team - Adelaide Office

Pagen is passionate about helping charities increase their social impact through sustainable and innovative fundraising campaigns. She has over a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector, having worked in various roles across direct mail, bequests, community fundraising, events, digital and supporter engagement in Sydney, Adelaide and London.

Pagen Winen

Pagen Winen

Account Director

Natasha Duncan

Natasha Duncan

Account Director

Individual Giving Team - Remote

Natasha is a fundraising scientist who is passionate about the ‘why’ behind good fundraising. Over the last 20 years, her roles have centred around individual giving programs across a variety of charities. Natasha has seen first-hand how best practice leads to best results in lotteries, direct marketing appeals, bequests, regular giving, peer-to-peer fundraising events, and corporate relationships.

Natasha Duncan

Natasha Duncan

Account Director

Samantha Forbes

Samantha Forbes

Senior Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Adelaide Office

Sam is a communications specialist who began her not-for-profit career in 2014 at the Asthma Foundation of SA. Sam quickly found her passion for fundraising, developing direct mail campaigns, major donor appeals, and coordinating lotteries.

With a key focus on increasing return on investment and boosting donor engagement, Sam has led the development of a solicitation methodology to identify and segment donors using donor insights.

Samantha Forbes

Samantha Forbes

Senior Account Manager

Josie Peach

Josie Peach

Senior Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Adelaide Office

A driven fundraising professional who has worked in the “for good” industry for almost a decade. Josie creates lifelong, loyal donors through combining connection, shared values and storytelling with strategic and innovative fundraising methodologies. Josie has experience in regular giving, events, digital fundraising, appeals, telemarketing, community fundraising, and donor journeys.

Josie Peach

Josie Peach

Senior Account Manager

Katie Farina

Katie Farina

Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Sydney Office

Katie is an experienced fundraising professional, passionate about creating innovative, donor-centric campaigns. For the past five years, she’s specialised in Individual Giving projects across all channels, with a particular focus on middle donors, major donors and bequests, working in both Australia and New York.

Katie Farina

Katie Farina

Account Manager

Elise Williams

Elise Williams

Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Remote

Elise’s passion for the not-for-profit space began with the Surf Life Saving Foundation in 2016. With experience in engaging donors one-on-one in a supporter service capacity, and  individual giving execution, Elise has developed a holistic and donor-centric approach to achieving excellent fundraising results.

Elise Williams

Elise Williams

Account Manager

Kaela Good

Kaela Good

Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Remote

Kaela is proud to use her diverse range of creative communications and fundraising strategic skills to support charities in their mission to make the world a better place. She is passionate about strengthening client’s brands and building their profile through beautiful storytelling, good design and a strategic data-driven approach. Kaela works closely with clients to develop engaging donor-centric appeals and campaigns.

Kaela Good

Kaela Good

Account Manager

Tessa Hourigan

Tessa Hourigan

Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Remote

Tessa is passionate about helping organisations produce fundraising campaigns that connect donors to their impact in the world through meaningful and authentic propositions. With more than five years’ experience in the sector, Tessa’s areas of expertise include face-to-face, lead generation, conversion, telemarketing program management, emergency appeals, supporter journey development and project management.

Tessa Hourigan

Tessa Hourigan

Account Manager

Holly Sara

Holly Sara

Account Manager

Individual Giving Team - Sydney Office

Holly is an experienced fundraising professional who is passionate about making a difference. Having more than 10 years’ experience in the sector, she is dedicated to making change both locally and globally through tailored channels to deliver strong campaign results no matter the challenge.

Holly Sara

Holly Sara

Account Manager

We are deeply committed to working alongside our partners to help make the world a better place for all of humanity. We pursue excellence, we work tirelessly, we honour bravery, we strive for greatness, and we act with integrity. Your donors are our obsession. Your mission is our cause.

Recognition and Awards

We're proud to have partnered with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, developing award-winning campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for life-changing work in health, aid, education, welfare and beyond.

The challenge Hobart City Mission had always taken a quiet and humble approach to fundraising, which was ultimately limiting their ability to help more people in need throughout Southern Tasmania.

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