Staff & Board

Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®

President, 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 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.

Howard English

Director, 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.

Jessie Krafft

Vice President, Donor and Program Services

Jessie develops and executes services assisting donors with strategic grantmaking, philanthropy planning, and investing charitable assets. Jessie is a strong philanthropic activist and is nearly finished with a Master of Arts in International Development program at American University, having graduated summa cum laude from the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Anthropology, with a minor in Latin American Studies. She also received a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management at Georgetown University in early summer 2013. 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, Jessie worked for over a year as a volunteer visitor coordinator, tutor, and child caretaker at an orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As the visitor coordinator, she successfully coordinated several orthopedic surgical brigades that serviced the home and the surrounding communities.

 

Kinga Ile

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.

 

 

Blake Brophy

Chief Financial Officer

Blake Brophy leads CAF Canada’s financial operations and regional finance teams, including CAF America’s west coast operations.  Prior to joining CAF America, Brophy directed finance and accounting for functions for Arabella Advisors. Holding an MBA from Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Blake began his career in the tax practice of Arthur Andersen LLP servicing a broad array of clients including corporations, partnerships, trusts and high-wealth individuals.

In his private time, Brophy is committed to supporting a vibrant arts and culture environment throughout the greater Washington, D.C. community.  He has served on the boards of three performing arts organizations and has performed in and directed numerous staged productions with several local theatre groups.  He lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys spending summer afternoons rooting for the home team at Nationals Park.

 

Brooks Reed

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).


Robynn Benner

Senior Program Officer

As a part of the grants team, Robynn is an operations expert who primarily works with the grants management systems that are currently utilized at CAF Canada. Originally hailing from New York, she received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Marketing from the University at Buffalo. Robynn brings both grant management and customer service experience from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors; this combination has allowed Benner to hone her skills and leverage her expertise in the field of philanthropy.

Katherine Tanham

Program Officer

Katherine has filled many roles within CAF America since first joining the organization in 1998.  She currently works with the Business Development Team, specifically focused on providing support for the new CAF Canada office during its first year of business.  Prior to arriving at CAF America, Katherine served as a field executive with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, responsible for membership services, leadership training and program delivery across a six-county area in western Virginia.  Katherine is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a B.S. in Psychology.

Blen Woldearegay

Director of Finance

Blen Woldearegay is the Finance Director at CAF Canada. She ensures the completion of the financial reporting and regulatory filings needed for CAF America and CAF Canada. Blen has over ten years’ experience managing multifaceted accounting and financial responsibilities predominantly in the financial industry. Blen obtained a Masters in Finance from Brandeis University and a Bachelors in Management from UMass Boston.

Joe Shaffer

Finance Officer

In his role as Grants Finance Officer, Joseph’s primary responsibility is to manage the grants cycle through database administration, report generation, and wire approvals.  He also supports the grants team by performing eligibility reviews, connecting with charities, and managing funds.

Joseph earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration (with a focus on nonprofit administration) from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining CAF America, Joseph served as a student consultant working with a Pittsburgh organization in the process of incorporating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He performed a summer internship with the Western Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross, where he coordinated with local Red Cross chapters to strengthen the region’s response to disasters. His prior experience also includes an internship at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

Meet Our Board of Directors

 

 

Mo Lidsky

Board Chair

Mo is a principal at Prime Quadrant LP. Prior to Prime Quadrant, Mo spent 10 years as a social entrepreneur, balancing the growth of his commercial ventures and his passionate involvement with non-profits. Mo was the co-founder and owner of TMX Inc., a group of automobile restoration companies in Northeast Ohio, Founding Vice-President of CharityBids LLC, an online auction platform serving the non-profit sector, Chairman of FundCoaches Inc., a virtual fund-raising institute, and founding partner of Apex Global Capital, a micro-finance company in the Caribbean. Philanthropically, Mo spent five years as the national director and chief executive officer of Yeshiva University (Canada), Chairman of the THJ Foundation, and is still active on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He is currently completing his second book, entitled The Philanthropic Mind, profiling Canada’s 100 most generous philanthropists. 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®

Board President

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.

Treasurer

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 Gallaiford

Secretary

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 Latner

Board Member

David is the General Counsel of the family office of Richard Hyatt and Michael Hyatt, including the Hyatt Family Foundation. The Hyatt brothers founded and are the controlling shareholders of BlueCat Networks. 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 Newtopia, Inc.