Local Love Blog Series – Indeygo Fundraising

Welcome back to the Local Love Blog Series!  

I’m excited to share this week’s feature all about Cathy Harris, the new owner of Indeygo Fundraising

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Indeygo is all about fundraising action and impact. 

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Indeygo supports schools, clubs, and associations put together successful and repeatable fundraising events! Indeygo provides tips and tricks for how to ensure each fundraiser is as successful as possible, from the order forms, online store, and simplified product delivery. With a huge selection of products for running a fundraiser, there’s a little something for everyone. Their product options include their most-popular cookie dough, muffin dough, cinnamon & sticky buns, coffee & tea, beef jerky, harvest veggie bundles, and spring planters & herbs – not to mention their specialty doggie cookie dough! 

Since 1996, Indeygo’s scoop-and-bake cookie dough has been their most successful fundraising product. 

Indeygo’s Fundraising team is dedicated to supporting groups whose amazing volunteers strive to raise funds to support their programs. Cathy and her team love supporting hard-working, time-starved, and super-friendly volunteers to reach their fundraising goals whether at schools, dances, or gymnastics.

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Cathy and her husband, Andy, took over Indeygo on July 1, 2021, from original founders Lisa Downing and Shanne Leavitt. 

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Having been friends with Lisa and Shanne for decades, it felt natural to take over when Lisa and Shanne felt it was time to hand over their aprons. With the support of their two daughters, Emily and Madeleine, Indeygo has turned into a great family business.

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Cathy even found the perfect title for their pup, Isla, as the head of Doggie Dough Quality Control. 

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Cathy uses her personal fundraising-mom experience in her work. 

Inspired by hard-working, super-engaged volunteer parents, Cathy can pull from personal experience having been that parent while raising her daughters. To this day, Cathy is still humbled at seeing how hard parents are working to raise funds for their local school, team, club, or organization.  

Home for Cathy and Andy is now Canmore, AB where Indeygo is based. 

However, Canmore hasn’t always been home. Cathy was born in the UK and grew up in East Africa before emigrating to Canada in 1997. Since then, they raised both their girls amongst the Rocky Mountains and are grateful to still call the Bow Valley home. Throughout their time in Canmore, they’ve made incredible friends and long-lasted relationships, including their friend, neighbour, and personal inspiration Beckie Scott.  

Of course, Cathy had plenty of Local Love to share with everyone! 

Her shout-outs start with Mountain Blends, Canmore Tea Company, Rusticana Grocery & Deli, and The Yoga Lounge Canmore. She also wanted to shout out a few local businesses doing great work, mentioning jeweller Rudi Peet Goldsmith, evocative artist Fraser McGurk, and woodworking genius Bill Hunt at River Duck Designs. When Cathy and Indeygo get to choose a charity to support themselves, their number one pick is always Spirit North. This is an organization that enables outdoor sport and play to empower Indigenous youth to face new challenges, learn and develop key skills, improve their health, and explore new talents. 

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Hearing back from fundraising groups after they’ve used Indeygo is Cathy’s favourite part of the job. 

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Being able to play a part in the success of volunteer fundraisers when they reach, or even better blow right past, their fundraising goals is a great feeling. The whole Indeygo team loves celebrating wins with their fundraising customers, and loves hearing the stories of how the fundraisers these groups have put on have supported their communities!

Cathy has learned a few important lessons since taking over Indeygo last summer. 

The most important lesson learned is that if you can find purposeful work, do it! Indeygo has proven there’s a very real need for volunteer-led groups in our communities and being able to support those groups is so incredibly rewarding. This also leads perfectly to two things Cathy wishes people did more regularly – first, move outside in nature for your own physical and mental health, and secondly, volunteer in your community for the health of your hometown! 

So next time you’re looking for help putting together a fundraiser for your kid’s school or sports team, community team, or volunteer-run group make sure to check out Indeygo! Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay caught up on all their latest news and updates, or connect with them online to start the process for hosting your most successful fundraiser yet! 

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