NORTH AMERICAN TEAM & Board FOR CAF CANADA
Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®
President and CEO, CAF Canada
Ted Hart brings extensive experience in the fields of internet and global philanthropy. As an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on topics related to nonprofit strategy, Ted is an expert in board and volunteer development practices both online and offline. Before coming to CAF Canada, Ted served as CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, an international consultancy providing strategic solutions to major nonprofits and NGOs. He coauthored People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities and was critical in the creation of the online fundraising movement People to People Fundraising designed to give donors the chance to participate in the success of a charity beyond the online gift. Ted was also a leader at the International ePhilanthropy Foundation. Most recently, Ted obtained his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification, aimed at increasing expertise in the impacts of planning for family wealth, charitable giving, and gift planning for nonprofits and is one of only 101 individuals who hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation globally.
Chief Financial Officer
Bill has more than 20 years of executive, financial, and operational leadership experience managing global multi-million-dollar programs. His expertise and international perspective as a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel combined with his strategic approach to operations complement our strong performance-oriented culture. Bill began his Marine Corps career as a helicopter pilot flying AH-1W Super Cobras followed by diverse operational and staff assignments around the world to include the command of a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron and a tour in the United Kingdom with the British Royal Marines.
He brings a dynamic combination of leadership and passion for building resiliency within communities, which is evident throughout his professional career. In his previous position as CFO, Treasurer, and Vice President of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, he managed over $200 million in funds for a non-profit military aid society dedicated to assisting Sailors, Marines, and their families in financial need. In his last military assignment, he managed a $170 million investment portfolio of over 300 science and technology projects for the Office of Naval Research.
Senior Director (Toronto), CAF Canada
Howard English joins CAF Canada with 25 years of experience as a recognized expert in non-profit governance, communications, donor relations and volunteer development whose work has benefited countless families throughout North America, Israel and beyond. Before establishing his own company in the fall of 2014, Howard distinguished himself as the Senior Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – the Canadian Jewish community’s largest non-profit advocacy organization. Previously, he played an integral role in the United Jewish Appeal’s fundraising efforts, first as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and then as Vice President of Corporate Communications at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. As UJA’s most senior marketing professional, Howard directed the marketing efforts of 10 successive annual campaigns featuring fundraising increases. UJA raises well over $50 million a year in donations for general charitable use and millions more in designated gifts. In part, his success as an executive can be attributed to his success in developing warm, lasting relationships with donors and volunteers. A powerful speaker at local, national and international forums, Howard excels at inspiring even the most unknowing of audiences in articulating the heart of a charity’s mission, vision and core values. Combined with his understanding of the Canada Revenue Agency’s requirements for charitable organizations and a commitment to strong governance structures, Howard provides volunteers with meaningful, fulfilling input into organizational decision making. A former broadcast journalist, consultant and Ontario community college teacher, he is recognized as one of Toronto’s most effective communicators, having received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service.
Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Jessie Krafft is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Charities Aid Foundation of Canada (CAF Canada), where she has worked for 6+ years. In her current role, Jessie manages a grants team of 20 individuals who are responsible for charity vetting, grantmaking, oversight of CRA regulatory compliance and foreign nonprofit laws, as well as the day-to-day support of thousands of donor clients and international charities. Under her direction, the team works diligently to remain at the forefront on all IRS laws, local foreign country regulations as well as all compliance-related issues in relation to international grantmaking. Jessie holds an M.A. in International Development from American University, and graduated summa cum laude from the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Spanish, B.S. in Anthropology, and a minor in Latin American Studies. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University and is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP). Jessie is fluent in Spanish and holds a Spanish Certificate of Translation and Interpretation from her alma mater. Prior to joining the CAF Canada staff, she worked for 18 months as a volunteer visitor coordinator, tutor, and child caretaker at an orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Director (Vancouver), CAF Canada
Catherine Wylie is Director at CAF Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to joining CAF Canada, Catherine was CEO of C.N. Wylie Group of Companies including Strategic Profits Inc.; PayPaq Solutions Inc.; SPIguard Security Solutions Inc.; GAINE Center for Spiritual Progress; and Global Animal Network.
Vice President, Donor and Program Services
As the Vice President of Donor Advised & Grant Services, Nicole manages a core segment of the grants team with a focus on charity validation, grantmaking, and regulatory compliance. She also manages key client relationships, providing strategic guidance and oversight to corporate, foundation, and individual giving programs. Nicole holds a BA in Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Business Administration from The George Washington University, and her international experience was enhanced at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. She is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).
Vice President, Thought Leadership
Kinga is a human rights lawyer with 15 years of experience with multidisciplinary teams in the private and nonprofit sectors. Aiming to bridge the gap between these two sectors, she works with businesses and NGOs on forging partnerships and developing strategies that are sustainable, measurable and benefit both corporations and communities. At CAF Canada, she manages all strategic and tactical aspects of the thought leadership platform including the launch and development of the International Grantmaking Symposium. Kinga is passionate about using human rights principles to motivate the private sector in seeking to deliver social benefits. Her experience spans from assisting businesses with their expansion strategies into new markets, to representing clients in international arbitration proceedings. Within the nonprofit arena, in her role with the Open Society Foundations, Kinga worked with human rights organizations worldwide focusing on international justice and minority rights. Kinga is Adjunct Faculty of Regis University and Maastricht School of Management where she lectures on the intersection of business strategy and human rights. Kinga holds an LL.M. in European Union Law from University of Amsterdam and an LL.M. in International Human Rights from Central European University, Budapest.
Director, Business Development
Brooks joined CAF Canada in February 2018 as Director of Business Development. He comes from a background in international development, with research interest focusing on the private sector in development and multi-sector structures of global governance. His professional experience includes time with international NGOs and within the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida. Before coming to CAF Canada, Brooks worked closely with Charities Aid Foundation in the UK, as a co-author on the report titled Beyond Integrity: Exploring the role of business in preserving civil society space (Charities Aid Foundation, 2016).
Brooks holds a MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics (2016), as welll as a BA in International Affairs and a BA in Political Sciene from Florida State University (2015).
Assistant Vice President of Finance
Born and raised in D.C., Chip earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Denver. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. In his prior role as an auditor, Chip worked closely with many charitable organizations, both here and abroad, where he developed an interest in international giving and nonprofit accounting.
Senior Director, Program Services
Robynn Benner is the Sr. Director of Program Services at CAF Canada. She joined the CAF family in 2013 as a Grants Officer with the CAF America team, and transitioned to CAF Canada operations in its infancy and has helped the organization grow through her leadership and interest in assisting charitable individuals support the causes important to them through project work.
In her current role she manages the Project Team and focuses most of her time on providing guidance to Canadian philanthropists interested in funding projects around the globe; as well as drafting and approving Project Agreements with charitable project partners. She can also be found assisting with special projects or collaborating with her team members in one of the many working groups: Values, Principles and Practices Working Group, Culture Deck Working Group and Benefits Working Group, to name a few.
Prior to joining the CAF family she spent 8 years with AYCO, a Goldman Sachs Company as the Account Manager for one of their three Donor Advised Funds. In this role she enhanced her knowledge of philanthropic giving and sparked her interest in becoming a liaison between donors and organizations working together to fund impactful projects all over the world.
She spends most of her non-working hours taking care of three very energetic children between the ages of 2-13. She likes to look for volunteer opportunities in her community and help out at the girls’ school when possible.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The State University of NY at Buffalo (UB) and is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).
Officer, Program Services
Ashly has a BA in Political Science, an MA in Peace Studies and 6 years of experience as a grant writer for domestic and international non-profits, civil society organizations and small businesses. Before joining CAF Canada, Ashly lived and worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa assisting a small village in Comoros with environmental protection initiatives, literacy projects and youth empowerment, education and career development workshops. Prior to the Peace Corps, she worked at the Children’s Defense Fund where she served as a liaison between the donor, development organizations and project administrators and held a position in project management for a domestic non-profit. At the Children’s Defense Fund, she was the principal staff member responsible for drafting pre and post award documentation, overseeing project logistics and collecting and reporting data for monitoring and evaluation.
Born and raised in the Washington D.C. metro area, Avery graduated from Bowie State University with a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance. Over the last several years, he has gained experience working with the U.S. State Department, a multinational investment bank, and a Capitol Hill law firm. Avery is passionate about using his love of numbers to effect change in his local community and is excited to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others around the world
Meet Our Board of Directors
Mo is the Chief Executive Officer at Prime Quadrant. Prior to Prime Quadrant, Mo was the co-founder and owner of TMX Inc., a group of automobile restoration companies in Northeast Ohio, co-founder of CharityBids LLC, an online auction platform serving the non-profit sector, and founding partner of Apex Global Capital, a regional micro-finance company in the Caribbean. Mo also spent five years as the national director and chief executive officer of Yeshiva University (Canada) and Chairman of the THJ Foundation. He continues to sit on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including CJPAC, Haifa University, Jerusalem College for Technology, Hebrew University, and CAF Canada. He also serves as an Investment Policy Advisor for Canada Gives Foundation and the Chair of the Prime Quadrant Foundation. Mo is co-author of The Philanthropic Mind, profiling Canada’s most generous philanthropists, In Search of the Prime Quadrant: The Quest for Better Investment Decisions, and author of Partners in Preservation: How to Know Your Advisor Is Truly Protecting Your Wealth. Mo holds multiple degrees, Magna Cum Laude, in Economics and Psychology, from Yeshiva University, and has an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®
Ted Hart brings extensive experience in the fields of internet and global philanthropy. As an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on topics related to nonprofit strategy, Ted is an expert in board and volunteer development practices both online and offline. Before coming to CAF America, Ted served as CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, an international consultancy providing strategic solutions to major nonprofits and NGOs. He coauthored People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities and was critical in the creation of the online fundraising movement People to People Fundraising designed to give donors the chance to participate in the success of a charity beyond the online gift. Ted was also a leader at the International ePhilanthropy Foundation. Most recently, Ted obtained his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification, aimed at increasing expertise in the impacts of planning for family wealth, charitable giving, and gift planning for nonprofits and is one of only 101 individuals who hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation globally.
Janet Boyd, Esq.
For more than 18 years, Janet has provided legal counsel to a number of tax-exempt organizations. She has served as a CAF America board member since 1999, and as president of CAF America from 2002-2014.
Janet currently works for the Dow Chemical Company in Washington, D.C., providing legal and policy advice on tax, corporate governance, and employee benefits issues. Before joining Dow, she was a partner in the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.L.P.
Janet received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas-Austin and a law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center. She is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and a member of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section. She also serves on the board of the Tax Council.
Neil is a former national director, donor-based campaigns, at the MS Society of Canada and founder of Cornerstone Response Management, the leading fundraising database management and donation processing firm in Canada. He was also founding editor of The Fundraiser’s Handbook, published by the Canadian Marketing Association. In 2006, upon his appointment as president of Stephen Thomas, FRM Consulting, which Neil founded in 2000, merged with ST. FRM Consulting to provide strategic advice, program audits, and marketing consulting services to some of Canada’s leading not-for-profits, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario and British Columbia & Yukon Divisions, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the March of Dimes, the Toronto Humane Society, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
David is the General Counsel of the Hyatt Family Office, including the Hyatt Family Foundation. The Hyatt brothers founded, grew and sold software companies Dyadem International and BlueCat Networks and are active investors in the technology arena. David was the General Counsel of BlueCat from Jan 1, 2007 until October 2015, when he joined the family office. Between 1997 and 2007 he was a partner in (and General Counsel of) XDL Capital, a Toronto based venture capital firm focused on information technology investments. Prior to joining XDL Capital, David served as General Counsel of Delrina Corporation, a software developer acquired by Symantec. David has been an adjunct lecturer, originally at the Law Society Bar Admissions Course, and then at the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Film Centre’s Digital Media program until 2006. David is a board member of Advocan Law P.C., and a co-founder of Advocan Law L.P. a boutique law firm focused on licensing, finance and litigation for technology companies.
Kostas N. Andrikopoulos holds an impressive track record of success in the field of wealth management. Throughout his career, Kostas has developed broad experience in strategic planning, general management, marketing and product development. Kostas has found great success leading T. E. Financial Consultants Ltd., one of Canada’s largest private wealth management firms, to sustained profitability. Today, he is president of KNA Strategic Wealth Consulting Corp. His company assists families with the development and structuring of their family office. He is a recognized expert on wealth management and has made numerous appearances on television including CBC evening news, ROB TV and BNN. He has also been a member of over 13 boards, and a lecturer for both McGill and Concordia University. Mr. Andrikopoulos has received a DEC from Vanier College, a B.A. from McGill University, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from Concordia University with CPA, CA, and TEP designations. Kostas is fluent in English, French, and Greek.