Mark Blumberg will be co-presenting on “How community foundations can lead and engage in small ‘a’ advocacy” in Ottawa at the Community Foundations of Canada 2017 Conference on Saturday May 13, 2017.

Here are more details on the session:

Block D: How community foundations can lead and engage in small ‘a’ advocacy
10:45 AM  12:00 PM   Westin Ottawa,

This session will challenge the commonly held belief that charities, including community foundations, can not and should not engage in policy advocacy. Drawing on Vancouver Foundation’s experience over the past three years with Fostering Change, an initiative focused on improving support for youth aging out of foster care in B.C., the presenters will share their experience with advocating for change.

Participants will have a chance to hear from a young leader and the evaluation and learning lead for the work. They will share stories from the path that Vancouver Foundation walked along as they came to understand the moral imperative to engage in advocacy. Participants will also be invited to think about where there might be room for advocacy within their own work, how there are impediments both real and imagined and discuss ideas for overcoming such challenges.

Trilby Smith: Trilby is the Director of Learning and Evaluation at Vancouver Foundation. She is an accomplished and passionate evaluation professional with over 15 years of experience in the field, and has worked as a consultant as well as in the philanthropic sector. She loves relationship-building, complexity and messiness. Trilby is driven by the core value of involving those most impacted by evaluation in the learning process. Originally from Vancouver, Trilby has also studied, lived and worked in Boston, New York and Florida.

Ashley Crossan: Ashley is a youth advisor for Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change initiative. Ashley is a youth staff member at Leave Out Violence, a non-profit organization that provides young people with media tools and opportunities to express themselves and promote the message of non-violence in their communities. She’s an artist and activist. Ashley is super passionate about bettering outcomes for youth exiting the foster care system, meaningful youth engagement, granting, and desserts.

Mark Blumberg: Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad. Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law and is the editor of and™ – Canadian websites dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or overseas. He also has established the websites and