Donna McDonald began her freelance career as a (very bad) disc jockey and concluded it rather more successfully as a fundraiser and project manager for several listed churches in the Diocese of London.
For seven years she was the London arts correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, after which she moved into arts management and fundraising, working in Glasgow, the East Midlands, London, Essex and Portsmouth. In the course of this work, she developed an interest in charitable governance and has assisted many organisations with the creation or revision of their governing documents.
Among her publications are a book on the popular Victorian children’s writer, Juliana Ewing, a history of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, and a biography of the Scottish-Canadian fur trader, financier and philanthropist, Lord Strathcona. She is also a trustee of the Landmark Arts Centre.