Inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow named

Last May at the CFC 2015 Conference in Calgary, we announced the launch of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship Program, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada. The program offers community foundation professionals a sabbatical time where the Fellow can build knowledge, enhance leadership skills, strengthen their organization, and advance the community philanthropy movement.

Today we are delighted to announce that Alex Draper, Donor Grants Associate with the Edmonton Community Foundation, has been selected as the inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow.

ImageAlex joined the foundation in 2011 to work primarily on student awards and youth leadership programming. In 2013 he transitioned to his current role as Donor Grants Associate, acting as a link between donor advised fund-holders, granting programs, and the wider community.

In addition to his work with the Edmonton Community Foundation, Alex volunteers his expertise to committees and organizations working to make Edmonton and Canada a better place – including the Edmonton Arts Council, Family and Community Support Services, Edmonton NextGen, the Government of Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategies, and the 4Rs Youth Movement. He is currently establishing and operating scholarship programs for the Africa Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

As the Community Philanthropy Fellow, Alex will engage in a range of personal professional development activities throughout 2016 that align with the program’s goals to:

  • Advance the field and practice of community and place-based philanthropy in Canada;
  • Strengthen and enhance the community foundation movement; and
  • Foster and encourage the professional development of community foundation leaders in their organizations, communities and the community foundation movement.

A core component of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship is the sabbatical project that allows the Fellow to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities to undertake a deeper exploration of an issue or challenge. For his sabbatical project Alex will be exploring how funders can share and leverage data on funding decisions and community investments in Edmonton, with the aim of creating a model or platform that could potentially be implemented in communities across Canada.

We’ll be sharing more updates on Alex’s activities and sabbatical project throughout the year. For now we invite you to help us congratulate Alex and welcome him as our movement’s inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow.

Interested in learning more about the Community Philanthropy Fellowship and how you can apply to be the 2017 Fellow? Learn more at www.communityfoundations.ca