Guest Bios

S01E02: Dan Brunette – Navigating Ethics

Daniel Brunette is the Director, Development and Donor Services for the Ottawa Community Foundation. During the past 17 years, he has worked and volunteered in a number of different capacities in the not-for-profit sector. He began his career by working on the Passing the Torch Campaign to build the new Canadian War Museum, before being recruited to the  University of Ottawa and then by the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. In 2012, he was invited to join the Ottawa Community Foundation and has served on the Management team since in January of 2015.

As a volunteer, Daniel has spoken extensively about fundraising, including webinars on charitable compliance and receipting for the Capacity Builders program and was a guest lecturer for a continuing education class at Algonquin College (Ottawa Valley Campus) on Ethics and Fundraising. He is currently serving as a Board member and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Canada. He is also the Vice-President of the Bhawani Anantaraman Foundation and prior to this, he served on a number of other boards and committees, including theDuke of Edinburgh’s Award (Québec)  and the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Foundation.  In 2015, he was recognized with a Community Builder Award from United Way Ottawa for his sector involvement and capacity-building work.

This is definitely, Beyond the Bake Sale.

Follow him on LinkedIn: Dan Brunette

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S01E01: Eric Lauer – The Fight for Movember

Eric Lauer is a 26 year old marketing and events professional who has been working in the events industry since he was 17. He currently works for a boutique style marketing agency in Toronto, Ontario called Satori CGI. Eric’s drive is to provide creative and disruptive experiences that create lasting impressions. In late 2017 Eric competed in a charity boxing match and raised funds for the Movember Campaign.

Eric has been involved with fundraising for almost ten years. His fundraising “career” ironically started with bake sales and selling chocolate bars at his local Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in Montreal, QC. The purpose of which was to help fund after school youth programing for the B’nai Brith Youth Organization. He moved to Ottawa for university and began working as an events intern, producing events for young professionals. During his time in university he joined an international greek letter fraternity called ACACIA whose motto was “Human Service”. Through this organization he would be charged to pursue philanthropic endeavors and to generate funds for various charities and causes. This would have a lasting impact, as he would always strive to be involved in impacting those around him.

In late 2017 Eric would begin his journey to the ring as an amateur boxer in the fight for men’s health. He would compete in the 7th installment of Agency Wars.

Agency wars is a charity boxing event where people from the marketing and advertising world in Toronto train and compete in a three round boxing match. The event is put on by Clancy’s Boxing Academy located in Toronto. Every year they take in marketing and advertising professionals with zero boxing experience and in 12 intense weeks they pit them against each other in a fully licensed Olympic style Amateur boxing match.

He received coaching from past Olympic Boxer Mark Simmons, Head Coach Rico Mancini and Simon Ware. He was pushed to the extreme by his coaches and teammates in the lead up to fight night. The goal of his training was to secure a victory in the ring but his purpose was to raise funds, support and awareness for the Movember campaign. Over the course of his training Eric raised over $2100 from his friends and family who either wished to support him or really wanted to see him get hit in the face for charity. He used social media as well as grassroots promotion to secure his donations and identified strategies along the way that really helped to drive donations and promote his cause.

This is definitely, Beyond the Bake Sale.

Follow him on Instagram: @EazyLauer

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