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 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 currently the Co-Chair of Community One Foundation.
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 the 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.
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.
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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