The LGBT Giving Network, a Project of the Community One Foundation, exists to create spaces for LGBT-serving organizations and donors to build relationships and strengthen philanthropy in our communities.
The volunteer Advisory Board meets this mission by creating opportunities for member organizations to network, learn and steward their supporters, so these organizations can raise the funds needed to meet their goals. This is accomplished through a series of networking and learning events such as the annual Donor Stewardship Event, the Philanthropy Summit and informal social gatherings of member organizations.
The LGBT Giving Network is a non-profit organization, which sustains its activities through a combination of corporation/foundation sponsorships and ticket sales for our events. The LGBT Network is not responsible for raising or providing funds for member agencies.
Josh Brooks – Josh is a Branch Manager with TD Bank and has been working in the industry for over 8 years. He developed a passion for the LGBTQ2+ community while he was attending McMaster University where he studied Political Science. He has been an active member in the community for the last 10 years supporting initiatives raising awareness and celebrating the differences of everyone under the LGBTQ2+ umbrella. Josh also takes pride in supporting the TD LGBTQ2+ Employee Resource Group as well as his involvement with the Ontario Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Craig Daniel (Secretary) – Craig is currently an independent Human Resources consultant focusing on systems implementation and process development. He has 25+ years’ experience in delivering plan development, implementation, communication and administration of benefits programs for internal employees and external clients nationally and internationally, through his senior positions at Mercer and Morneau Shepell. Craig was previously the Co-Chair of Community One Foundation where he also managed the Rainbow Grants Awards and the Steinert & Ferreiro Award. He has volunteered his energies for numerous community fundraising events in the past as well as supporting such organizations as Casey House, ACT and Rainbow Railroad.
Japneet Kaur – Japneet is a Manager of Strategic Innovation in the Segments and Strategy team at TD Wealth. In her role she works on bringing the behavioural finance thought leadership, innovation strategy and value proposition to life within TD Wealth. Prior to her role at TD, Japneet spent 4 years at BMO Wealth Management where she held a variety of roles focused on strategy, operations, and investment management.
Both within and outside of her work environment Japneet has been committed to championing diverse and inclusive workspaces and giving back to the community. Currently, she is the Secretary of the Board of Pride at Work Canada, member of the finance committee at Inside Out, and an advisory board member for the LGBT Giving Network. Previously she was also the President of Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street). She is a proud alumni of the University of Toronto where she obtained both her Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Financial Economics.
Jim Lawrence – Jim 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, LGBT Giving Network, Inside Out, and the Toronto Gay Hockey Association.
Andrea Love (Treasurer) – Andrea is the President at Legacy Private Trust. She is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). Andrea manages the Trust, Corporate Accounting and Human Resources departments. In addition, Andrea works closely with the Sales & Marketing department on various business development initiatives.
Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and her Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. She is a member of STEP Canada and the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
Andrea volunteers as a trustee of the Bill 7 Award Trust, is the former co-chair of the Community One Foundation, and is a Director and member of the finance committee of the Funeral Service Association of Canada.
Andrea is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and industry publications.
Stefanie McQuaid – Stefanie 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 20 years with agencies such as Fife House, the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and the LGBT+ Giving Network. Her volunteerism includes several leadership positions including the past president of Fife House, former co-chair of the Friends for Life Bike Rally and chair of the LGBT Giving Network’s Philanthropy Conference.
Jason Patterson (Co-Chair) – A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Jason has 15 years of diverse fundraising and not-for-profit experience. Currently the Director of Development for ACT, Jason previously led capital campaigns with Providence Healthcare Foundation and the former Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor. He received the Community Champion Award from Pride Fest Windsor-Essex in 2013 for his work in Windsor’s LGBT Community. He’s proud to be part of the LGBT Giving Network and to advance the conversation with community and donors around the importance of philanthropic support of LGBT-serving organizations.
Philip Wong (Co-Chair) – Prior to joining Rainbow Railroad as Director of Development, Philip was Director of Development at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Inside Out, presenter of the Ottawa and Toronto LGBT Film Festivals. He also held the position of Director of Communications at Pride Foundation in Seattle, Washington, where he worked on the successful Washington State marriage equality campaign. Early in his career, he held executive leadership positions at the LGBT Youth Line and the Community One Foundation. His focus on capacity building in the philanthropic sector extends into his current volunteer role as co-chair of the LGBT Giving Network’s Advisory Board. Philip holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University.
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