KAWARTHA LAKES-A number of local business leaders gathered for breakfast in Lindsay last Wednesday to mark National Philanthropy Day.
The event featured nationally-renowned fundraising expert, and Bobcaygeon resident, Dianne Lister. “Philanthropy means love of humanity, and the philanthropic sector includes all of us who build our communities – donors, volunteers and ambassadors,” Lister noted in her remarks. “Fundraising isn’t about competing over dollars, it’s about working together to enlarge the pie to maximize the benefit.” The morning event – entitled “Pie For Breakfast: Philanthropy | Growth | Collaboration” – was attended by leaders of local charitable organizations invited from across Kawartha Lakes. Aptly, pie was served at the breakfast and enjoyed by participants.
A former Vice-President of Trent University, Lister also served as CEO of the foundation for SickKids Hospital in Toronto. She is currently President of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council; Principal of The Dianne Lister Group; and Senior Associate with the Hutchinson Group.
Lister noted how she has witnessed philanthropy grow and mature over her 25 years in the charitable sector. She encouraged participants to engage Imagine Canada, formal fundraising certificate training programs, and major tax changes as valuable resources for their ongoing fundraising work.
First launched in the United States, National Philanthropy Day was first recognized in Canada in 2012. The day’s events across the country celebrate and recognize donors, fundraisers, and volunteers with luncheons, keynote speakers, and awards. There are some 170,000 registered charities across Canada generating $176 billion in donations and employing two million people. The charitable sector represents 8% of Canada’s GNP; the second highest in the world.
During discussions at the breakfast, Heather McCullough, Resource Development Coordinator of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation, identified a renewed need for ongoing education, skills development, and shard resources to enhance local fundraising efforts. Fenelon Falls volunteer, Diane Englestad reminded charities to ensure a cross-Kawartha Lakes approach that takes into account the unique needs of the various communities that compose the City.
The event included a panel discussion featuring: Emily Avery-Graves, Past Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation; Sandy Marett, Director od Advancement and Alumni Relations at Fleming College and Kevin Tomlinson, past Division Director with Investors Group Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough.
Hosted at the Boys & Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes in Lindsay, the breakfast meeting was the first official event organized by the new Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes.
The new local Foundation of Kawartha Lakes is one of more than 190 across Canada. Community Foundations help other organizations and provide permanent, unique flexibility to address long-term needs. “The Community Foundation is a new tool to help grow existing local funds and provide new, creative solutions to further help people and build our communities,” stated foundation co-founder Mike Perry.
“It’s about knowing our communities inside and out,” concluded the foundation’s new President, John Fox. “The Community Foundation will continue to consult and work with our existing local charities to fill gaps moving forward as we become operational and launch officially in the coming months.”