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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 20 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.

Alicia Kinsey
Board Secretary, PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Alicia is the head of legal for PayPal Giving Fund globally, and provides legal guidance, support and coordination for the PayPal Giving and Social Innovation businesses. She acts as an advisor to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and assists in implementing decisions made by the Board of Directors. Alicia is a lawyer who brings to this position over 14 years’ experience working in banking and financial services.

Joshua Tripp
COO and Audit Committee Member,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Joshua drives improvement across PayPal Giving Fund’s global operations and spearheads new initiatives, projects, and integrations for growth. 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.

Nuru Kiyemba
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Nuru leads the accounting and finance for PayPal Giving Fund Canada. Prior to joining PayPal Giving Fund, she worked for Atlantic Recycling Group, LLC, Jewish War Veteran’s museum, Common Cause and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She is a chartered CPA in Virginia and graduated in accounting and finance from USC, Columbia.

Julia Lim
Operations Manager,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Julia supports PayPal Giving Fund Canada’s operations, including analyzing data for operational use and reporting, and maintaining the integrity of the charity directory and enrollment process. She has worked in media and finance for over 10 years, having started her career as an editor for a national newspaper in Southeast Asia before transitioning into financial and data analysis, first for large U.S. and Canadian financial institutions, and then for a national mass media and entertainment company.

Vartika Suneja,
Marketing and Operations Executive,
PayPal Giving Fund Canada

Vartika supports marketing and operations for PayPal Giving Fund Canada, including the areas of business development, communications, and customer support. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, and research and digital marketing experience across industries such as consulting, finance and tech. She brings a passion for social good to this role and hopes to expand the number of Canadian charities benefitting from PayPal Giving Fund Canada’s programs.

Our board and advisors

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

Malini Mitra
Board Chair
Director of Communications, PayPal Canada, UK, and Ireland

A global communications expert, Malini has over 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
Board Director & Audit Committee Member
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
Board Director & Audit Committee Chair
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.

Christine Gonzales
Board Director & Audit Committee Member
VP and Global Head of Risk and Compliance, PayPal Inc.

Since joining PayPal in September 2016, Christine serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for PayPal, Inc. and is responsible for overseeing and strengthening PayPal’s Risk and Compliance program. Christine has 20 years of compliance and anti-money laundering experience, including a variety of leadership positions with American Express and Goldman Sachs, and through her work at other financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and Bear Stearns. Christine is passionate about supporting PayPal’s mission to improve financial health and expand economic opportunity for people and businesses through the development of innovative products and risk management solutions. Inside and outside of work, she enjoys mentoring young professionals and women in fintech.

Owen Charters
Board Director
President and CEO, BGC Canada

Owen heads up the country’s largest child- and youth-focused charity. A long-serving nonprofit executive at various charities and a dedicated scholar, he is the former chair of Imagine Canada and the Human Resources Council on the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, currently serves on the Advisory Committee at Western University for the School of Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, and the steering committee of the Common Good Retirement Plan, directed at nonprofit employees. He is also faculty for the Social Sector Leadership MBA program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. His passion is for a stronger nonprofit sector voice in Canadian policy, including better working conditions for sector employees.

Gordon Holley 
Audit Committee Member
President and CEO, Humanity Financial Management Inc. 

Gordon is co-founder, President & CEO of Humanity Financial Management, a CPA firm that works exclusively with charitable, not-for-profit and social enterprise organizations in Canada. He is one of Canada’s leading experts in building financial capacity and financial systems in mid-size, social sector organizations and is a frequent speaker and facilitator on financial governance. Gordon has over 40 years of experience serving on boards and committees, from small community organizations to national sector bodies. As a CPA, CA, Gordon leverages his decades of experience to help individuals and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.

Our relationship with PayPal and PayPal Giving Fund US

PayPal Giving Fund Canada receives grant funding in support of our charitable mission from PayPal Charitable Giving Fund (“PPGF US”), a public charity in the U.S., which also appoints our board members. We use some of this funding to contribute to the employment costs of PayPal staff in Canada, who are formally seconded from PayPal Canada to carry out our work. In reimbursing PayPal for these costs, we pay a market rate for the role, consisting of a competitive base salary and reasonable benefits. PayPal, Inc., a listed US company, provides grant funding to PPGF US in support of its charitable mission, and appoints its board members.

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