Sam is a talented non-profit leader with over 15 years of experience fundraising in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a member in good standing with the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Sam has directed major, annual and capital gift campaigns and has successfully closed over $25 million in gifts and pledges. He has directly solicited over $7.5 million for affordable housing, the arts, social services and educational institutions.
Currently, Sam is the Director of Development at Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth. Leading an expanding team of eight to raise $3 million a year with an ambitious plan to reach $5 million by 2025. While the fundraising world pivots away from events, Sam’s team is embracing fundraising best practices, using innovative fundraising methods and making data-informed decisions.
Sam is the former Director of Development and Communications and Chief Privacy Officer for Fife House Foundation, Canada’s largest provider of supportive housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Sam completed Fife House’s latest capital campaign, opening a multi-million dollar facility to support vulnerable individuals transitioning from Homelessness. During his tenure, he created the Shady Queens brand which successfully raised nearly $600,000 by leveraging a Millennial and Gen Z audience.
Sam is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Community One Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in Toronto, that builds and supports individuals and groups that enhance the development of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the Greater Toronto Area. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the LGBT Giving Network, a network of organizations and people that are working together to engage and cultivate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and allied donors to help secure long-term financial support to build stronger LGBT communities in Canada.
Most recently, Sam was elected to the Board of Directors of the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, an organization dedicated to improving our local community in Toronto by championing its unique heritage, connect neighbourhood stakeholders, raising issues with elected officials and enhancing support networks and safety.