May 2019

Charitable Giving in the Age of Automation

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street West, Toronto

Technology has changed every aspect of our daily lives, but how has it influenced how we give back?

Join the Economic Club on May 14th to discuss how non-profits are adapting and innovating as we shift the way we donate.

As donating transitions online and crowdfunding becomes the way of the future, how can we best support non-profits when their models rely on loyalty and repeat giving? How does the aging population play a role? What does the future of giving look like for millennials? How does giving differ based on population and region?

It’s time to shift our focus. According to the second annual ‘The Giving Report’ (2018), the charitable sector contributes largely to the Canadian economy, employing 2 million people, responsible for 8.1% of GDP and incorporating 13 million volunteers each year.

With speakers from Canada’s most recognized charities such as SickKids Foundation, Plan International, United Way alongside innovators like CanadaHelps and MustardSeed, the conversation will explore the challenges non-profits face in 2019 and what strategies we can use to increase awareness, support the non-profit sector and move forward sustainably.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Caroline Riseboro

President & CEO
Plan International Canada

Caroline Riseboro

Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Each year Plan Canada raises $240 million from Canadians helping over 6 million children at home and abroad. Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians on some of the world’s toughest issues. In 2017 and 2018, Caroline was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the trailblazer category and is the recipient of 7 Stevie awards, including for Woman of the Year. Before joining Plan, Caroline held many senior roles in leading organizations including at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, and World Vision Canada. In addition to serving as President of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline serves on the Boards of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH). Caroline holds a Bachelor (honours) degree from McGill University and has been pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.

Daniele Zanotti

President & CEO
United Way Greater Toronto

Daniele Zanotti

In his over 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Daniele's work is guided by one core value -- to work in and with community across all sectors to create positive change.

As CEO of United Way York Region, he played a pivotal role in the merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015. Under his leadership, the organization continues to apply an increasingly regional lens -- in April, joining with Peel Region to form United Way Greater Toronto, the largest United Way in the world and largest funder of social services outside of government.

This scaled-up approach is improving opportunities for donors, volunteers, and partners across Peel, Toronto and York Region, and building capacity to expand local investments. The organization continues to innovate digitally to support an uprising of care that will engage 1 million people by 2025.

Daniele holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and sits on advisory committees and boards across the region. He lives in Vaughan with his wife and two children.

Jake Martin White


Jake Martin White

Jake Martin White is a technology consultant and fundraising specialist who has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. As CEO of Mustard Seed, Jake helps nonprofits across North America implement donor databases and marketing automation on Salesforce.

Early in his career, Jake worked with NGOs in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Jamaica, implementing technology that helped international development projects operate at scale. Jake's more recent work includes working as lead technical architect with a large binational charity, helping increase their online donor conversions; and helping a well-known, high-traffic nonprofit publication implement a digital toolset that supported rapid ramp-up of their digital membership program. Prior to founding Mustard Seed, Jake served as President and Chair of a local nonprofit technology firm with 30+ staff.

Jake holds degrees in Computer Science and Theology from University of Waterloo, and certification from Salesforce as a Nonprofit Cloud Consultant.

Marina Glogovac

President & CEO
Canada Helps

Marina Glogovac

Marina is the President & CEO of CanadaHelps, the largest destination for giving and fundraising in North America and a fast-growing, social technology enterprise.

Marina is passionate about charities and their essential role in Canada, and about building the capacity of the charitable sector through technology and education. Under her leadership since 2013, CanadaHelps has rapidly accelerated its growth trajectory, almost tripling the donations it facilitates for charities to $200 million a year, and dramatically expanding its offerings for both charities and donors.

In 2016, in recognition of these accomplishments, Marina and the co-founders of CanadaHelps were awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Special Citation for Social Enterprise.

Marina is an in-demand public speaker and panelist, and a regular contributor to publications such as the Huffington Post Canada.

Prior to joining CanadaHelps, Marina had a 25-year career in leading e-commerce, technology, and media companies, including as Chief Executive Officer at Lavalife Corp., Chief Marketing Officer at Kobo Inc., and Group Publisher for St. Joseph’s Media, including the award-winning Toronto Life magazine. She has served on boards for The Walrus Magazine Foundation, Magazines Canada, and Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Marina holds an M.Ed from OISE/U of T, specializing in Organizational Learning and Change and Strategy Development.

Niroja Arulananthan

Canadian writer, strategist and community leader

Niroja Arulananthan

Niroja Arulananthan is a Canadian writer, strategist and community leader. Niroja’s life embodies the North American dream with a story that began with her fleeing the war-torn nation of Sri Lanka with her family as refugees, to creating a life driven by purpose and impact in North America. She is highly sought-after by global brands for her strong leadership skills, ability to develop impactful strategies, and her exceptional eye for opportunity. With a desire to open hearts and minds around the world, she is a strong proponent of having courageous conversations and challenging the status quo, often drawing on her own lived experiences.

Through the advice of her mentors, Niroja learned the importance of learning to be influential in every stage of life. If you can’t learn to be influential as an intern, you’re not going to be influential as the CEO. With this advice in mind, she sought to be a person of influence wherever she went. Whether it is her career, business, or community service, she gives her very best at all times. She is known for taking initiative, accountability, and always committing to excellence. Some of her most selfless acts have been in the charitable and non-profit sector where she served in multiple leadership positions, including the Board of Director of the Canadian Tamil Professionals’ Association and the Ontario Public Services’ Diversity Council representing over 60,000 employees. In her latest passion project, she is the founder and program lead for the Raising Future Leaders initiative, a program designed to teach children civic literacy and encourage political participation from an early age.

Through a chance connection on Twitter a decade ago, Niroja has discovered her talent for storytelling. Inspired by the founder of a ghostwriting agency called WritersBlok, Niroja pitched, and pitched, and pitched her life away for an opportunity to pen pieces for the agency. With persistence and consistency, she was added to the agency’s roster of freelance writers. With self-confidence and a desire to learn, she raised her hand to take on as many different assignments as possible. One assignment led to another, and soon enough she was working on some of the agency’s biggest projects including full-length manuscripts.

Niroja is now a Senior Ghostwriter and the Director of Business Development for TheWritersBlok, a ghostwriting agency that helps founders, executives, celebrities, and professional athletes elevate their voice and brand. The WritersBlok is a specialized team of freelance writers from various backgrounds who have produced content for some of today’s most popular websites and major media outlets such as Fortune, Elle.com, Vogue.com, and Fast Company. In her expanded role, she implements strategic initiatives, and supports business development and marketing, while managing client accounts. The motto at The WritersBlok is that if you have a platform, you have a responsibility. The WritersBlok plays a leading role in helping their clients speak on social issues, sharing their narrative, and effectively navigating market trends and cultural sensitivities in speech. Niroja is a columnist for Toronto.com, a subsidiary of Metroland Media Toronto, a leading community media organization.

Using her natural ability to powerfully tell stories, Niroja has shifted mediums and is expanding the storytelling of her own narrative. She is currently working on the launch of her first podcast, Inside into Insight, and her next self-published book based on her own personal narrative. She is known to empower audiences to think differently, dream bigger, and question the status quo. Niroja often speaks on stage, both as a moderator and speaker, on topics related to diversity and inclusion, professional development, politics and governance. She has diverse experience in the public sector having worked
in corporate services, executive offices, policy development, and project management for the Ontario Public Service (OPS). In her most recent role in the OPS as the Manager of Project Management, she achieved her goal to reach management before the age of 30. In only 6 years, Niroja transitioned from Intern to Management.

Niroja is an alumnus of the University of Toronto, having completed her bachelor’s degree, specializing in English and Sociology, and her master’s degree, in Adult Education, Workplace Learning and Social Change, both at the institution. Niroja’s thesis examined the impact of the ethic of neutrality on the personal political participation of public servants employed by the Ontario Public Service. At every turn, Niroja has demonstrated her commitment to challenging the status quo and having important conversations that are often avoided in our communities and workplaces.

Ted Garrard

SickKids Foundation

Ted Garrard

SickKids Foundation is responsible for raising funds for The Hospital for Sick Children, one of the most respected children’s hospitals in the world, and for granting funds across Canada to advance child health. SickKids Foundation is also one of the largest charity foundations in Canada holding endowments valued at more than $1 billion.

Previously, Ted was Vice-President (External) at The University of Western Ontario, a position he held from 1996-2009. His varied portfolio included responsibility for alumni relations, development, communications and public affairs. While at Western, Ted raised more than $600 million in private funding and led the school in becoming the first university to adopt the Imagine Canada Ethical Code recognizing the need to uphold high standards of accountability and transparency in the not-for-profit sector.

Ted received his BA and MA degrees in political science and economics from York University and worked for one year as a policy analyst with the Ontario Liberal Policy Research Office before joining United Way of Greater Toronto. At United Way, he served in a number of positions including Research Director, Marketing and Communications Director and finally Campaign Director, where he spearheaded Canada’s largest annual fundraising campaign at that time, raising more than $200 million from 1992 to 1995.

Ted was the 1997 recipient of the National Society of Fundraising Executive Toronto Chapter “Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award”. In 1998, he was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award recognizing a new generation of top achievers in business, the professions, academia and public service. In 2014, he was named Outstanding Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

He is also an active community volunteer and is presently Chair of the Canadian Children’s Hospital Foundation Executives and Chair of the Woodmark Group (the 27 leading North American children’s hospitals). He is a former Chair and Director of United Way of London-Middlesex, a Past Chair and Director of Imagine Canada, a past Director of the United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada, a past Director of Children's Miracle Network, Past Chair of the 211 Canada Steering Committee, a member of Ketchum Canada's National Advisory Board, a former board member of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, and former Vice Chair of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. Ted was named a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2018.

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