Why do you give?
In November the LGBT Giving Network hosted a bash at the home of Kate and David Daniels to thank some of the city’s top philanthropists, mobilizers and cheque-cutters for donating their time, money and talents to LGBT causes. We caught up with some of the attendees to ask the question: Why do you give?
“I’ve been the top fundraiser for the SOY (Supporting Our Youth) Bowlathon for a number of years. SOY’s an organization that uses money very wisely, so I believe in it. It’s not just about fundraising — it’s about connecting to an organization. When I ask people to give me a donation, I say to them: ‘I won’t ask you for a donation for anything else all year.’”
LOIS FINE, ACCOUNTANT/PLAYWRIGHT
“[LGBT rights] is one of the great human rights struggles on the planet. It is the centrepiece of the fight for decent human rights for all. That’s a sufficient incentive to work, to give and to spend time.”
STEPHEN LEWIS, CHAIR, THE STEPHEN LEWIS FOUNDATION
“I grew up in a family that didn’t give. I look at my parents now in their 80s and say, ‘What was the point?’ I hope when I’m 80 I’m a better person for what I’ve done. I contribute to a community that I live in, struggled in and that I love, so people that come after me don’t have much of a struggle.”
DAVID SELAK, BOARD MEMBER, BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE
“When I was growing up, I felt no one supported me. Now I step in and support things that were there for me. Inside Out, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, Community One, the 519 Community Centre… I support all these organizations so people don’t go through the same angst, pain and hurt I went through. I like to think I’m advancing the cause.”
NELSON CARVALHO, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER