About Donor Republic

We’re a fundraising and marketing agency dedicated to the not for profit sector. Established by two of the best fundraisers and marketers in the country, both Marcus Blease and Andrew Sabatino have significantly grown revenue and achieved transformative results and also developed and implemented both Branding and Consumer Marketing programs of the highest calibre. Founded by a devoted passion of continuous improvement to donor and consumer centricity, Donor Republic will support your fundraising and marketing teams to achieve the results you need.

Our way of working

We work hard. We believe in it for transformative success. But we also believe in working smart. Throughout our career, we haven’t had the luxury of being able to waste time. We’ve achieved success by getting to the heart of issues. Being able to quickly Identify important issues has helped us both cut through the mainstream and achieve outstanding results.

Donor Republic was founded on six guiding principles. It is these guiding principles that will make working with Donor Republic a great experience that delivers results!

Marcus Blease, Co-Founder and Director

Marcus worked as the General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising with Cerebral Palsy Alliance for eight years. His role encompassed fundraising, brand development and client service marketing. Over that time fundraising grew from $12m to $31m. Marcus has worked in similar roles for Cancer Councils NSW and QLD for six years, and at the other end of the spectrum a small HIV/AIDS charity in the preceding role.

He founded the current incarnation of the innovative social change campaign, ‘Include a Charity’ funded by 140 Australian charities to increase the number of people who leave a gift in their will. He is currently a Board Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and is Deputy Chair of the FIA’s Sustainability Task Force.

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Andrew Sabatino, Co-Founder and Director

Andrew has over 15 years’ fundraising and marketing experience both in Australia and the UK, specialising in Direct Mail, Tele-Fundraising, Digital, Major Gifts, Face to Face and Bequests. He led Guide Dogs SA/NT to experience significant annual fundraising growth, where annual income increased from $1m to $9m over seven years and his blueprint allowed Guide Dogs Australia to grow from $53m to $87m.

In 2015 he was named in Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine’s list of ‘Movers and Shakers’. In 2016 Andrew won a commercial tender to launch a social enterprise for Guide Dogs through building a Pet Hotel at the Adelaide Airport. Also in 2016 he was named as a Pro Bono ‘Changemaker’ and was also awarded the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s (FIA) National Young Fundraiser of the Year.

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Meet The Team

Nuz Hameed

Nuz Hameed

Account Director

Nuz started her career in banking at HSBC and thereafter American Express leading corporate communications and corporate social responsibility programs with a stint in advertising in between. She soon found her passion in the NFP world at Guide Dogs SA/NT and since then has spent over seven years in the fundraising sector, giving her a multi-faceted approach towards fundraising, donor behaviour, insights and audiences. She won multiple FIA awards with the most recent for her work at ActionAid.

Lauren Atkinson

Lauren Atkinson

Senior Account Manager

Lauren began her Not For Profit career with an internship at Greenpeace Australia Pacific and shortly after she progressed to Marketing Coordinator looking after all cash donors across warm appeals, third-party fundraising, digital, retention and donor care projects. During her time in Greenpeace Lauren executed the highest income earning warm appeal in Greenpeace's history to date and maintained a strong focus on ensuring her campaigns were strongly integrated with other areas of the organisation.

Karly Foster

Karly Foster

Senior Account Manager

Karly commenced her fundraising career as the Supporter Relationship Coordinator at Greenpeace in 2001. Since then she has worked at various charities including Barnardos, National Heart Foundation, Royal Flying Doctor Service SE, Dunlea Centre and most recently the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Karly’s experience includes working across all aspects of fundraising including acquisition, donor renewal and retention programs, regular giving, third party fundraising, Bequests and trusts and foundations.

Alvin Webster

Alvin Webster

Digital Fundraising Manager

Alvin first started in the NFP sector at RSPCA Victoria, where he began to develop his digital skills. He then moved into the education sector, working on large scale digital campaigns at a domestic and international level for both Monash University and RMIT University. Most recently, Alvin worked at Youth Support & Advocacy Service in the role of Digital Marketing Manager. There, he was in charge of multiple websites, digital strategy and the digital component of one of their longest standing peer-to-peer fundraising events in Australia, febfast.

Kate McMillan

Kate McMillan

Senior Account Manager

Kate worked as the Fundraising Manager at Cancer Council SA for over nine years, where she led the organisation to significant annual fundraising growth achieving over $11m in revenue. Kate is an all rounder and believes in a strong data led approach to fundraising combined with the power of key donor insights in forming the appealing creative to will grab a donors attention. In addition to acquiring more donors for Cancer Council SA, Kate also led many marketing initiatives which increased the amount of consumers into their organisation.

Jackie Ngo

Jackie Ngo

Graphic Designer

Jackie is a Toronto-bred designer with over 13 years of experience in graphic design and art direction. Jackie’s previous role was at Reader’s Digest Australia for over 6 years where she was executing creatives for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this, she was working in North America where her extensive design experience exposed her to various corporate, consumer, fashion, and healthcare clients. Jackie has produced visual creatives for clients such as Coke, KFC, Cadbury’s, Pantene, Pfizer, Voodoo and Razzamatazz to name a few.