The Ask Podcast Panel
Thursday, May 16
8:00AM - 9:15AM
We are delighted that KCI will again be live-recording an episode of its podcast The Ask during the Thursday Breakfast Plenary. Hosted by Nicole Nakoneshny, Partner and Lead, Knowledge + Insights at KCI, this year’s panel will focus on the ever-important, but often overlooked, topic of how to best involve volunteers in our work.
As one of the most powerful tools that foundations have to advance their fundraising ambitions, volunteer engagement is critical to success. And yet, finding and attracting senior level volunteers is becoming increasingly challenging, and once volunteers are involved, it can be hard to know how best to work with them. The panel will explore the trends and best practices in engaging volunteers, both board and fundraising, in fundraising. The speakers will sharing tips and anecdotes from their experiences.
Nicole will be joined by panelists Louise Aspin, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Offer at Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, Ken Mayhew, President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation, Bob Peacock, CEO of Almag Aluminum and Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA, MBA, Partner and Vice Chair, PwC Canada.
How do I find and attract volunteer leadership? What is the role of the fundraising volunteer today? Am I kidding myself to think my board will engage in fundraising? What do volunteers want from staff? To hear answers to these questions and more, be sure to attend Convene Canada 2019!
In addition to working with clients to develop highly customized strategies and solutions that meet their unique challenges and opportunities, Nicole serves as Lead, Knowledge and Insights at KCI.
In this role, Nicole curates the knowledge that KCI generates through its various practices and also keeps an eye on the key and emerging trends in fundraising and philanthropy both in Canada and around the world, translating that knowledge and information into useful insights for charities and fundraisers. Nicole also serves as editor of KCI’s online publication, KCI Philanthropic Trends and host of its monthly podcast, The Ask.
An active volunteer, Nicole is a Director with the TD Wealth Private Giving Foundation and is also long-time volunteer with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, serving as a talking books narrator for the past 22 years.
Louise joined Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation in November 2007. She has been fundraising in Canada for more than 25 years. As Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, she oversees all fundraising portfolios with an annual goal of more than $100M. During her tenure, the foundation has raised more than $1 billion. A seasoned presenter, she has led masterclasses and workshops at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands, AFP in Baltimore and Toronto, and, consulted with hospitals in Belgium and Ireland. She recently attended a nine month program at Harvard University on exponential fundraising.
Other organizations Louise has worked with include The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta), the Ontario Science Centre and the Sunnybrook Foundation. At the Ontario Science Centre, Louise successfully completed a $40 million campaign and at Sunnybrook, as Managing Director, Campaigns, Louise led the major and planned gifts team towards their $300 million campaign goal. She has also served on the boards of the Toronto Public Library and Mural Routes.
Ken Mayhew is President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation. The foundation has experienced its sixth consecutive year of significant revenue growth and is currently in a $100M campaign supporting the redevelopment of Peel Memorial, Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic hospitals.
Prior to joining Osler, Ken spent 20 years with the MS Society of Canada and was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and fund development for a program with almost 1 million active donors, raising over $50 million annually.
Ken is a past president of the GTA Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and a national director of AFP Canada. Ken’s ongoing sector involvement with AFP, Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation includes helping to develop a narrative on the importance of philanthropy within the Canadian social fabric. As a part of this, Ken is a frequent sector spokesperson and, in November 2018, was interviewed by The Globe and Mail for an article entitled “Philanthropy: The true heart of Canadian culture”.
Ken was also recognized with a CEO in Action award from the prestigious Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive fundraising.
Be sure to check out The Ask
episode recorded live at Convene Canada 2018: