Denise founded Canada Gives in 2006, to be the premier administrator of family foundations using donor advised funds, with a commitment to bring financial industry standards and practices to the not for profit sector. She believes that a generous client’s charitable money should be handled as professionally as their personal investments.
Equally important is providing services that add long-term value to both donors and charities in the not for profit sector. As a result, Canada Gives Foundation clients are making significant gifts to the charities they support, and are encouraged to be active and fully engaged.
Prior to establishing Canada Gives, Denise worked as an executive with a leading mutual fund company, and subsequently in the investment counsel industry focused on the private client market.
Denise works closely with professional advisors who have clients making big donations. She knows that trusted advisors can add value for these clients by providing tax and estate planning advice for donation strategies, as well as prudent investment management of their Canada Gives foundation assets.
Karen recently joined Canada Gives’ management team after working in a family office for almost 20 years. Karen brings a strong commitment to private client service, and works closely with our foundation clients to meet their individual philanthropic goals.
Karen’s strong process-orientation is instrumental in helping Canada Gives manage its growth, and ensures that the high level of charitable giving from our DAF foundations is well-managed.
Lisa joined Canada Gives’ administration office in September 2015 and has brought a welcome level of operational support for a busy office. She works closely with our accounting and audit firm to keep our daily financial records updated and is very active processing grants for our DAF foundation clients. Prior to joining Canada Gives, Lisa worked for many years with a major bank in the area.
With over 40 years experience in the music industry, advertising and broadcast media, Douglas brings a unique perspective and diversity of experience to our member and media communications. He has been a devoted and welcome volunteer member of our team since inception.