The LGBT Giving Network was formed to address the need for improved engagement between non-profit agencies, donors and businesses interested in LGBT communities and issues.
Over the past decade, philanthropy in Canada has grown significantly. During this time there has been a noticeable emergence of new levels of major gift donations within the LGBT community by leading gay philanthropists such as Mark S. Bonham and Salah Bachir. Meanwhile, in the United States, LGBT philanthropy has become a strategic tool to advance the cause of LGBT equality rights. In recognition of this trend, a group of individuals from a number of LGBT organizations and causes in the Greater Toronto Area came together in the summer of 2006 to discuss ways of furthering the development of LGBT leadership in philanthropy in this country in order to support LGBT issues, advocacy and causes. Broader discussions of what was taking place in the United States led to the idea of producing a national conference on LGBT philanthropy in Canada. The Network was formed as a project of the Community One Foundation to lead such a conference and support the goals and vision defined through the six pillars. The Network hopes to raise the bar on philanthropy by offering professional development opportunities and other services to assist charities and non-profits to raise more funds to meet their goals.