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Key Results

  • Leading Grantbook's Service Design practice to turn lessons learned and sector knowledge into value for our clients

Aisling Nolan

Director, Strategy & Operations

Key Results

  • Leading Grantbook's Service Design practice to turn lessons learned and sector knowledge into value for our clients

Aisling has worked in the non-profit and social impact space for over a decade, designing, implementing, and managing local and large-scale projects locally and internationally. She’s had the pleasure of contributing to world-renowned organizations, working in disaster management, social enterprise, mental health, and, prior to joining Grantbook, running a national crowdfunding organization focused on innovative funding models to divert resources to grassroots groups in Canada.

She began her career in education and curriculum design working in international schools, before joining the International Department at Humber College.

She is passionate about bringing an empathic lens and human-centred design practice to grantmaking and enjoys solving complex problems with agility, creativity, divergent thinking, and an eye on next practices. Aisling leads Grantbook’s Sector Next practice with the aim of bringing innovation to Grantbook’s service design.

Aisling received her B.A in Philosophy from McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) and a Graduate Diploma in International Project Management from Humber College (Toronto Canada). She is currently pursuing Graphic Design and Visual Communications at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD, Toronto, Canada).

Notable Clients & Projects

  • Legal Services Corporation, mapped and documented current state processes and helped develop future state processes.
  • Libra Foundation, Generation Capital’s Social Impact Program, Donner Foundation and Santa Clara Valley Water District, led and participated in GMS selection projects.
  • Small Change Fund, led the restructuring of a national crowdfunding organization to deliver resources to remote and rural grassroots projects across Canada.


  • Community Outreach
  • Community Development
  • Program Development

Tech Tools

  • GivingData
  • Copper CRM
  • HubSpot

Training & Education

McMaster University
Honours B.A., Philosophy

Humber College
International Project Management

- Awarded the International Development Institute Award
- Awarded the Governors Award (awarded to one graduating student in the business school)

Specialized in project management for international development and humanitarian emergencies, including: project design, monitoring & evaluation, reporting, proposal writing, results based management and logistical framework analysis

Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies
Teaching English as a Second Language

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