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

Adam Drinan

Adam Drinan

Account Director

Adam previously worked with Cerebral Palsy Alliance as Senior Manager - Individual Giving for seven years working with Donor Republic Co-founder Marcus Blease. Prior to this Adam spent eight years in Direct Marketing for one of Australia’s largest health and wellbeing fundraisers for Australian schools in 2005. This introduction to fundraising led to working on fundraising appeals at Northcott and managing the Asia Pacific Supporter Relations team for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).

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.

Katherine Ash

Katherine Ash

Senior Account Manager

Katherine started in the Not For Profit sector after securing a 12-month appointment in the competitive Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation graduate intern program - working across direct marketing, third-party fundraising and corporate partnerships. After a period working in the appeals and third-party fundraising programs at QIMR Berghofer, Katherine moved into the role of Donor Development Manager at the Royal Flying Doctor Service QLD managing a successful acquisition, renewal and regular giving program.