Raising new funds for charities
through technology

Any registered Canadian charity can benefit from PayPal Giving Fund.

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Using the power of PayPal to help charities

PayPal Giving Fund Canada is an independently registered charity (CRA# 812867752RR0001) that uses PayPal technology and financial support to raise new funds for causes, without charging donors or charities for our services.

Our team

Wen-Chih O'Connell
Executive Director and President,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Wen-Chih manages the operations of PayPal Giving Fund Canada to maximize the value and funds raised for Canadian charities. She has worked in the charitable space for over 15 years and her career ranges from implementing grassroots community projects in the Peace Corps to consulting on fundraising, partnership and community investment strategies for non-profits, multinational corporations and large grantmaking foundations.

Joanne Kviring
Acting Executive Director,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Joanne is covering PayPal Giving Fund Canada’s operational management while Wen-Chih is on maternity leave. With nearly two decades of experience across private, public, and non-profit sectors in Canada, Joanne has designed, delivered and invested in a range of initiatives, most recently focused on youth employment and entrepreneurship.

Jason Young
Board Secretary,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Jason is the head of legal, and the business ethics officer for PayPal Canada. He acts as an advisor to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and assists in implementing decisions made by the Board of Directors. He brings to this position 20 years of experience in law, policy and government service with a strong focus on technology, privacy and consumer protection, and regulatory compliance.

Joshua Tripp
CFO,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Joshua leads the accounting and finance for PayPal Giving Fund Canada. His previous roles have included COO and CFO at an international poverty alleviation organization, VP at a strategic consulting firm focused on social impact, and project manager for a start-up satellite telecommunications company in Ghana.

Our board

PayPal Giving Fund Canada is overseen by an experienced Board of Directors. They meet regularly to oversee our policies and practices to promote integrity, transparency and accountability.

Paul Parisi
Board Chair, PayPal Giving Fund Canada
and President, PayPal Canada

Paul is a results-oriented Canadian business leader with over 20 years in the payments industry. With his team, Paul is focused on helping Canadian businesses of all sizes leverage the power of digital commerce to compete in the global digital economy. Paul has a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, and brings a unique perspective on how financial services companies can collaborate to make money more accessible to people and organizations. Over the course of his career, he has led several large-scale annual fundraising campaigns for United Way Canada. A cause close to his heart is advanced research and the treatment of epilepsy, as it afflicts a close family member.

Malini Mitra
Head of Communications, PayPal Canada

A global communications expert, Malini has nearly 20 years of experience in managing communications for technology brands PayPal and Apple, and for agencies in markets like Canada, Singapore, Southeast Asia and India. In her current role, Malini is responsible for building and strengthening PayPal Canada’s reputation across customers, stakeholders, partners and media. A firm believer that brands should leverage technology as a force for doing greater good, Malini has worked closely with PayPal’s global Social Innovation team to assist them with the annual holiday giving campaign and disaster relief efforts. Outside of work, she volunteers to help newcomers and refugees settle into Canada.

Susan Smith
Principal, Bluesky Strategy Group
and Co-Founder, Canada2020.ca

Susan is a seasoned public affairs professional and national political pundit with more than 25 years at the intersection of business, communications, public policy and politics. She co-founded Bluesky Strategy Group, one of Canada’s leading public affairs firms. Along with her team, she provides Canadian and international clients with strategic advice, execution and results in delivering their messages to decision-makers and the media. She is also a co-founder of Canada 2020.ca, a not-for-profit progressive policy think tank that has become the catalyst for public policy conversations in Ottawa. Mentoring young people, homelessness, mental health and advancing Reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous people are causes she believes in.

Daryl Hatton
Founder and CEO, ConnectionPoint
and CEO, FundRazr

Daryl leads ConnectionPoint, producer of the innovative, award-winning global enterprise crowdfunding platform FundRazr. He is a serial entrepreneur who loves the challenge of building companies from scratch, has founded multiple start-ups and helped bring one, Optio Software, to a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999. Daryl is frequently called upon for expert commentary on nonprofit fundraising and crowdfunding topics for media sites including CBC, CTV, Global News, TVO, PostMedia, BBC, Forbes and Bloomberg. Today, Daryl serves as board member and advisor to multiple Canadian and Silicon Valley based start-ups including Canadian securities crowdfunding site FrontFundr. He also sits on the Crowdfunding Working Group for #GivingTuesday and on the board for the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada.

Amber MacArthur
President, AmberMac Media

Amber spent four years in the technology start-up trenches as a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company. She left the start-up world to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals at Microsoft. In 2006, she started her own digital agency, whose clients now include Microsoft, Ford, Google, GE, PayPal, Nintendo, Canada Goose, Fast Company, and other leading organizations. Amber is a regular business host and expert in media, and she was named one of DMZ’s 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. Amber is on the Canadian Red Cross Twitter team to raise awareness about worldwide emergencies, and she supports Safehome Animal Rescue which saves animals in need.

Our partners

Our partners make supporting charity easy through their online platforms.


Become a partner

PayPal Giving Fund is interested in partnering with businesses that:

Can generate significant impact raising funds for charitable causes in Canada, the UK, and/or the US

Operate a marketplace or platform where donations can be an integrated part of the customer experience

Wish to help customers support a wide range of charities

Are familiar with PayPal payment technology and keen to innovate in development and promotion

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