In October of 2000, Liz was hired as the first Executive Director of the Niagara Community Foundation and has worked with an outstanding group of volunteers and staff to grow that organization from its initial two $100,000 gifts to one which has granted in excess of $4.2 million and raised more than $20 million in endowment funds.
Since moving to Niagara in 1977 to open The Bookworks, Liz has become a passionate advocate for all that is wonderful about her community. She has worked or volunteered since 1983 with not-for-profit organizations in the cultural, social services and education sectors, including the Trillium Foundation, Niagara Artists' Centre, St. Catharines YWCA, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara and the Niagara College Foundation.
Liz is currently volunteering with three diverse organizations. She is the Past- President of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, the Past-President of Chorus Niagara and is one of the first Directors of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
On a personal level, her small claim to fame is that she was a part of the Chorus Niagara flash mob that took place in November 2010 at the Seaway Mall in Welland. To date, more than 38 ½ million people around the world have seen the YouTube video of this event.
Building Community Through Philanthropy: It's more than just about the money
When we talk about our community, what do we mean? Community can be interpreted in so many different ways - where we live, work, or play. When asked to name a philanthropist, who first comes to mind? It is usually the person or family who made the largest donation to a local capital campaign. Does one need to be wealthy to be a philanthropist? Not when wealth can be defined as an intangible asset. Do we need philanthropists to have vibrant communities? Absolutely!
Building a strong community, however one defines their community, happens through the vision, energy, commitment and involvement of people. People of all ages, insight and income. People who are inspired to do something meaningful for causes that matter to them. Leave this presentation with a new perspective on philanthropy and a renewed belief in how people can do great things in and for their community.