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.
Charlie Andrews is a composer, performing artist, and a non-profit executive. With a vast amount of experience, Charlie is currently the Executive Director for the Centre of Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) and Centre for Opera Studies and Appreciation (COSA). In 2013, Charlie was awarded a Top 40 Under Forty Award from the Northern Ontario Business Awards, in addition to the Nirvan Bhavan Fellowship from York University. Charlie is an orchestral musician, and has freelanced all over Ontario, performing with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Timmins Symphony, Orchestra Toronto, Celebrity Symphony, and many more. Throughout the past 10 years, Charlie has participated in a variety of fund development initiatives with a variety of organizations that are rooted in the post-secondary, health, and cultural sectors.
Josh Brooks is Manager of Financial Services with TD Canada Trust, and has worked in the industry for over 5 years. His passion for the LGBTQ community development started during his time at McMaster University where he studied Political Science and acted as the LGBTQ liaison with the residence life staff. He has participated in numerous fundraising events through the United Way and has volunteered during Pride festivals for the last 6 years in both Vancouver and Toronto.
Craig Daniel is a senior benefits professional with 20+ years experience in delivering plan development, implementation, communication and administration of quality benefits programs for internal employees and, as a client-focused outsourcing service provider, to Fortune 500 companies nationally and internationally. Currently, as Principal, he oversees a national team of professionals focused on the implementation of new client programs. Craig has volunteered his energies for numerous community fundraising events in the past and is currenty the Co-Chair of Community One Foundation.
Steven Endicott, CFRE has more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Steven Endicott has held senior fundraising and leadership positions at organizations in Ontario and British Columbia, including the Stratford Festival, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Shaw Festival and most recently Casey House Foundation. He has served on the board of the Vancouver Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as the Theatre Cares Vancouver Committee. Currently Steven is involved as a board member with the Vancouver-based theatre company Patrick Street Productions.
Derek Hodel is a longtime social justice activist and nonprofit executive. For the past 28 years, he has held a variety of senior positions at HIV and drug policy advocacy organizations in New York and Washington, D.C., and has operated a consulting practice serving foundation, government, and nonprofit clients. Recently, Derek served as Interim Executive Director for the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC), Canada’s leading civil society organization advocating for access to HIV treatments; and for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), which comprises nine regional networks of people living with HIV in the Global South. Immediately prior to moving to Canada in 2011, he was Deputy Executive Director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the leading U.S. organization advocating for alternatives to the failed war on drugs based on science, compassion, health and human rights. Derek’s recent clients include Action Hepatitis Canada; Arcus Leadership Fellowship; Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE); Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR); M·A·C AIDS Fund; Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Program; PEPFAR; Trust for America’s Health; and UNAIDS.
Sarah Hunter is a practicing visual artist and arts administrator and Vice President of the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation. She has a wide knowledge and experience of the cultural and social service organizations around and within Toronto. She is a passionate supporter of the arts, queer culture, aboriginal voices and rights, programs that empower women and environmental organizations that protect and maintain land and wildlife in Ontario. She has recently started a coming out group for women at the 519 Church Street Community Centre and is committed to working with others to strengthen and make more effective organizations within the LGBTQ community.
Japneet Kaur is currently a Manager of Strategic Initiatives at BMO Wealth Management where she has held a variety of positions for the past three years. Prior to joining BMO, Japneet completed both her Master of Financial Economics and Bachelor of Commerce at University of Toronto. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community for many years, including as President of Out On Bay Street, Team Lead (VIP & Protocol) PrideHouseTO, and collective member Notso Amazon Softball League. She is looking forward to contributing to the growth and success of the LGBT Giving Network.
Doug Kerr is a trainer, facilitator and independent consultant to the nonprofit sector. He has over 15 years experience in nonprofit organizational development, evaluation, governance and strategic planning, with particular expertise around collaboration and network development. Doug also teaches a class in social justice at Centennial College in Toronto. Doug has experience in organizational capacity building and planning at both United Way Toronto and Tides Canada Foundation. He currently is Vice Chair of Sherbourne Health Centre and Chairs the Human Rights Program Committee for World Pride 2014. He and his partner, Michael Went, are also co-owners of Glad Day Bookstore.
Jim Lawrence obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Business Administration from York University As a pharmacist Jim co-founded Pharmasave Whitby in 1990 and Medisystem Pharmacy in 1992. Medisystem expanded to become the largest publicly traded company supplying pharmacy services to long-term and retirement homes in Canada. He has served on the board of directors for public and private companies, as well as non-profit organizations. In 2005 Jim established The Lawrence Family Foundation providing support and funding to local organizations involved in the arts, education/community education and the environment. Jim and his partner David are active supporters of Buddies and Bad Times Theatre, as well as many other organizations, including Casey House, Green Thumbs Growing Kids, and the Toronto Gay Hockey Association.
Andrea Love has ten years’ experience in the field of financial services. She is currently the Vice President, Operations at Legacy Private Trust where she oversees both the client service team conducting the administration of trust, estate and foundation accounts for Canadian families and institutions as well as overseeing the business development and sales side of the business. She is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). Andrea is involved in supporting and fundraising for many charitable organizations. Andrea was formerly the co-chair of the Board for the Community One Foundation and is currently a trustee of the Bill 7 Award Trust.
Stefanie McQuaid is a Business Analyst with the Department of Justice and an active volunteer, supporter and donor in the LGBT community. Stefanie has been volunteering in the LGBT community for over 15 years with agencies such as Fife House, ACT and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation’s Friends for Life Bike Rally. Stefanie has been part of the organizing committee for the last two LGBT Giving Network’s Philanthropy Conferences.
Jason Patterson is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with 14 years of diverse fundraising and not-for-profit experience. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Jason moved to Toronto in 2011 to take on the role of Director, Major Gifts and Campaigns at Providence Healthcare Foundation, leading the planning, development and implementation of its $16M Hope Starts Here Campaign. Prior to leaving Windsor, Jason was Director of Campaign for Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, leading its $12.5M Beyond Medicine Campaign to build a state-of-the-art Angioplasty Centre for the city. While his career has primarily focused on raising funds through major gift and capital campaigns, he also has experience in planned giving, direct mail, special events and online giving, positioning him well for his current role as Director of Development for ACT, the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Jason is the Former Board Chair of Windsor Pride Community, the LGBT community centre in downtown Windsor. Prior to moving to Toronto, he established a special event called The Big Reveal, a makeover gala which raised nearly $100,000 net in three years. He also acted a Chair of Pride Fest Windsor-Essex from 2007-2009. Through grants and sponsorship, Jason raised half a million dollars for these two organizations and was awarded the Community Champion Award in recognition for his commitment and dedicated service to the LGBT community in 2013. Jason holds degrees in English Language and Literature and a BA, Communication Studies from the University of Windsor.
Daven Seebarran is a senior advisor, independent consultant, and a social justice advocate who has worked extensively in the charitable sector including roles as Director of Operation, Director of Development and almost a decade of experience as an Executive Director. Daven Seebarran is a principal at Daven Seebarran Consulting with over a decade of experience in non-profit management, strategic planning, fund development, program planning and evaluation. He has consulted for University of Toronto, University of Alberta, City of Edmonton, St. Michael’s Hospital, Edmonton Pride Festival, Sikh Foundation of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. As a prolific fundraiser, Daven has raised more than $34 million for institutions across Canada. This has been accomplished through grant writing, corporate engagement, individual giving strategies, and special events management.
Nanette Sanson has more than 25 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience. Currently, she is leading the Fundraising and Development office at Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. Prior to her current position, Nanette worked in Executive Search, conducting senior level assignments within the consumer and not-for-profit sectors, and was a business owner, offering consulting services in the areas of marketing and business development within the private and not-for-profit sectors. As well, she was the creator of two award winning coffee table books through her own publishing company. Nanette is presently serving on the Board of Directors of Workman Arts. Her other volunteer commitments have included participation on the Board of Directors of The Toronto Friendship Centre and on the marketing committees of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto and Toronto Community Foundation.
Haran Vijayanathan has more than 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, primarily in the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ sectors. Haran is the founder of My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region, the first LGBTQ resource centre for the LGBTQ community in York Region that serves as a space for social and recreational groups and access to information. His work has included partnership with York Region District School Board, York Regional Police, York Regions Equity Inclusivity and Accessibility Committee and various research committees focusing on the Gay/Bi/MSM populations. Currently, Haran serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention.
Philip Wong is a non-profit generalist with more than 15 years of experience focused primarily on LGBTQI and philanthropic issues. He is currently the Director of Development at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Prior to joining the Legal Network, Philip was Director of Development at Inside Out, presenter of the Ottawa and Toronto LGBT Film Festivals, and Director of Communications at Pride Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Early in his career, he held executive leadership positions at the LGBT Youth Line and the Community One Foundation in Toronto. His interest in capacity building in the non-profit sector extends into his current volunteer role as co-chair of the LGBT Giving Network’s Advisory Board and as a member of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s Development Advisory Committee. In 2009, he chaired the LGBT Giving Network Conference. Philip holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University.
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