CharityVillage Connects: Disconnection to Collective Action: Highlights from the 2024 CanadaHelps Giving Report

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June 2024

The 2024 CanadaHelps Giving Report contains some disturbing news – it found that for the eleventh year running, the number of Canadians making donations to charities has declinedAccording to the report, this alarming downward trend in donations seems to transcend economic circumstances – in other words, data shows that it is not solely caused by a recession, the pandemic or inflationary spikes. What’s driving this trend and what can nonprofits and charities do to reverse it? We talk to sector experts in this episode of CharityVillage Connects to find out. 

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Meet Our Guests

Today’s podcast is brought to you by CanadaHelps, Canada’s leading destination for online donations and fundraising. No matter how big or small, charities can rely on CanadaHelps for customizable donation forms, ticketed events, peer-to-peer fundraising, and a full donor management system. Visit to find out how your organization can join the 26,000 Canadian charities who depend on CanadaHelps every day. Giving made simple.  

Meet Our Guests (in order of appearance)

Duke Chang

Duke Chang 

President and CEO, CanadaHelps

Duke Chang is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of leadership experience infinancial services and technology, transforming businesses through innovation and product-led growth. Most recently, Duke served as the Worldwide Head of Product, Business Development, and Customer Experience for Lenovo Solutions and Services Group where he built and scaled the broad solution portfolio to support Lenovo’s $3 billion business.

Julie Fiorini

Julie Fiorini

General Manager, Donor Services &
Brand Marketing, CanadaHelps

Julie is a strategic and purpose-driven leader who is passionate about connecting people in a meaningful way to the brands and causes they support. As the General Manager, Donor Services & Brand Marketing, Julie brings a diverse background in marketing, communications and fundraising to support Canadians on their philanthropic journey and drive much-needed donations to charities that are working everyday to make our world better.

Tovah Barocas

Tovah Barocas

President, Earth Rangers

It was while attending post-secondary in Toronto as a student from the US, Tovah developed a passionate connection with the Canadian landscape. As her love for conservation and the environment grew, her forward thinking mindset had her looking for an opportunity to make a difference.Since joining Earth Rangers in 2009, Tovah has contributed to shaping the organization’s remarkable innovative vision. 

Justin Scaini

Justin Scaini

Executive Vice President, Culture and Chief Strategy Officer, Kids Help Phone

Justin Scaini brings extensive consulting, financial services and health care experience to Kids Help Phone as the Executive Vice President, Culture and Chief Strategy Officer. He joined the organization in 2021 and supports young people across Canada by leading the design and coordinated implementation of Kids Help Phones strategic portfolio of projects and initiatives.

Omar Visram

Omar Visram

President and CEO, Enkel Backoffice Solutions

Omar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enkel Backoffice Solutions, which he co-founded in 2016. For over 15 years, Omar has been active in the Canadian taxation, strategic planning, audit advisory, and finance operations disciplines within senior roles at KPMG and BCAA.  

Charlotte Field

Charlotte Field

Partner, Good Works

Charlotte is a fundraiser and digital native with more than a decade of experience in communications and fundraising. She’s a strategic thinker with a mind for integrating offline and online tactics to create cohesive donor journeys that generate exceptional results. As a partner at Good Works, she’s worked with charities of all sizes and causes to raise funds from annual and legacy donors.

Cathy Mann

Founder, The Fundraising Lab

Cathy Mann is an award-winning fundraising professional, teacher, author and podcaster. Since 2007, as part of Fundraising Lab, Cathy has advised multi-level and community-based organizations working in social justice, with youth, in education, with Indigenous communities and in healthcare. She led Toronto Metropolitan University’s Fundraising Management program as Academic Coordinator for a decade (2008 to 2018) and taught for 20 years. 

About your Host

Mary Barroll

President of CharityVillage

Mary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company,, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. 

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