The Mikuska Group

About Mikuska Group

Mikuska Group is much more than the sum of one+one. Together twins Laura and Julie have extensive experience in fundraising, fund development and governance and have helped social impact and cultural organizations of all sizes achieve their potential.

Laura and Julie are members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and strictly adhere to their Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.

Mikuska Group is also a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce where Laura is past co-chair of the Ambassadors Program and recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2015.

About Laura

Laura Mikuska

Laura Mikuska

Before founding Mikuska Group in 1998, Laura worked in the social impact and education sectors for 15 years where she held leadership positions in the public service and in community organizations. Her career included aspects of management, board governance and fund development.

Her work with Mikuska Group has included working with clients in all aspects of fund development – capital campaigns, annual campaigns, major gifts, donor engagement and stewardship, coaching and mentoring, fundraising audits, events, feasibility studies, board governance, communications and key messages.

Laura is a member of AFP International and AFP Manitoba, where she has previously served on the board as Communications Chair and Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day. She also served on the AFP Canadian Council.

Laura is an advocate for universal basic income and people living with the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and their families. She enjoys golfing and makes excellent wine. She also loves the Winnipeg Jets, men’s and women’s curling, and living in the best city in Canada.

About Julie

Julie Mikuska

Julie Mikuska

Julie has worked in the social impact sector since 1984 in the areas of advocacy, education and community organizations. Her career spans many areas of fund development and management including alumni relations, public affairs, communications, capital campaigns, donor engagement, stewardship and events.

Since joining Mikuska Group in 2011, she has worked with clients on a variety of projects including coaching and mentoring, recruitment and retention of development staff, creating a culture of engagement, feasibility studies, campaign plans, development plans, key messages and donor-focused communications, policies and board governance.

Julie is a member of AFP Manitoba and AFP International. She received the University of Manitoba Outreach Award in 1998, and received over 30 juried awards for publications, programs, events and projects at the University of Manitoba related to public affairs and fundraising communications from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Outside of her work with Mikuska Group, Julie is an advocate for universal basic income, mental health and the removal of stigma around mental illness. She enjoys cruises, golf, Winnipeg Jets hockey and the Canadian Women’s Soccer team.