About Us

Growing 1 Million Businesses Through Sponsorship

How  You Can Work With Us

Knowledge & Sharing

Learn about sponsorship and the industry's leading how-to's through our blog posts, online courses, and social media communities. We want to share our knowledge with you and help you grow with sponsorship.

Training & Mentoring

Hire 30 years of sponsorship expertise and resources to train you or your team personally. We'll share all of the tools we use so that you can build powerful collaborations and secure your own sponsors.

Become a Partner

Ditch traditional donor levels and tiers of pre-packaged, generic recognition when partnering with Raise a Dream. Opportunities offered are customized  marketing relationships specific to your unique needs.

About Us

Charmaine Hammond & Rebecca Kirstein have over 30 years of combined experience in building collaborative relationships and partnerships in business to accelerate the growth of their own businesses and nonprofits (over 10 of them between them!) and the businesses and projects of 100’s of others through their mastermind, training and mentorship programs. They have come together through their shared belief in lifting others as they climb. They’ve co-founded Raise a Dream to share their knowledge and expertise in Collaboration, Partnership, and Sponsorship and to combine their teams to form an even more comprehensive and collaborative group of professionals (the “Raise a Dream Team”) to help you Raise your Dream. We look forward to your success!​

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Our Stories

Charmaine Hammond, MA, CSP

Charmaine Hammond has been in the business of changing lives for more than 25 years. This former Correctional Officer (yup! She worked in jails) and Corporate Dispute Resolution Expert now travels the world teaching the principles of leadership, business success, and collaboration. In business 21 years, she has owned several businesses in Canada and the US. She is a co-founder of the Evolutionary Business Council whose collective reach exceeds 140 million. She is also co-founder and co-host of the Global Influence Summit. She has sat on all four sides of the sponsorship table (as a Director of nonprofits seeking sponsorship, a specialist in government responsibility for funding/sponsorship portfolio , as an entrepreneur like you seeking sponsorship, and as a sponsor for other people's events, projects, and dreams).

As a bestselling author (of five books & featured in six others) and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), she has had tremendous success in finding corporate sponsors to fund her printing, graphic design, venues, travel, media, technology, hotels, even her pet food and dog poop bags! She has developed sponsorship relationships with 100’s of companies.

Her recent speaking and book tour, Million Acts of Kindness, involved a 14,000 KM tour in a 32-foot sponsored motor home, hotels sponsored for the team, and more than 40 businesses and retail chains raising funds in their stores/businesses to support this movement: A Million Acts of Kindness.

Rebecca Kirstein

As a serial entrepreneur and human connector, Rebecca believes in living an authentic, fully actualized life and that transforming our passion, creative energy, and inherent talents into our career is to experience the true joy of life.

Rebecca has first hand experience over several decades in founding small businesses, tech startups, investment corporations, and non-profits. The businesses that she has founded, contributes to and/or continues to play an integral part in are BK Studios Photographers, Metier Investments, Portraits for the People, The Freebird Collective, The Landing Pad, Raise a Dream, and Rethink Thinking: The Summit.

She is a speaker, advisor, idea generator, and a collaborator who is fueled by her experience that when entrepreneurs connect and collaborate, we all have the capacity to create stronger, more sustainable communities.

Rebecca has been fueling projects, businesses, and ideas through collaboration and sponsorship for almost two decades. For her most recent project Rethink Thinking: The Summit, she raised over $200,000 in in-kind and cash sponsorship in less than 4 months for Canada's first inquiry based youth summit. Sponsorship was secured for hotels, venue, food & beverage, educational tools, swag, decor, and speakers including Sir Ken Robinson, whose TED Talk is the most watched in history.​

Rebecca Kirstein, co-founder of Raise a Dream and sponsorship expert