Murray McCarthy

Senior Advisor

Murray is a seasoned fundraising professional with a diverse background that encompasses both business and philanthropy. Prior to embarking on his fundraising career in 1998, Murray held significant leadership roles as President and/or General Manager of major consumer products companies in Canada and the United States.

Murray has directed and consulted on a wide range of campaigns, ranging from local initiatives with budgets of $100,000 to national campaigns with budgets of up to $40 million. His expertise extends to church fundraising, including annual financial stewardship programs, parish, diocesan, and national campaigns for programs and buildings. From 2004 to 2009, Murray served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for Regis College, the Jesuit graduate faculty of theology at the University of Toronto.

While capital campaigns form a significant part of Murray’s fundraising portfolio, he has also excelled in areas such as annual appeals, board relations, donor cultivation, and general fund development awareness. His deep understanding and advocacy of Planned Giving have enabled numerous institutions and organizations to initiate successful gift solicitation programs in this area.

Murray’s passion for making a difference is evident through his involvement with L’Arche Canada Foundation. He spent five years as the Executive Director, providing guidance and support to L’Arche communities across Canada. Additionally, he volunteered at L’Arche Daybreak in the Woodery, further immersing himself in the organization’s mission and values.

Murray’s well-rounded background combines business acumen with a strong commitment to fundraising success. He holds a degree from the University of Toronto and a business diploma from the School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2004, Murray completed his master’s degree in theological studies from the Toronto School of Theology, further enhancing his understanding of the intersection between philanthropy and theology.