It’s been 16 years since Sue Williams-Brawn worked in fund development at Volunteer
Calgary, but she's stayed connected to their work and the work of many charitable
organizations that are supported through the Williams-Brawn Flow Through Fund established at the Calgary
Foundation in 2004.
experience working in the charitable sector gave me valuable insight into the
needs of community, but it also gave me a perspective of the importance of supporting
projects that build community capacity," says Sue.
interest in giving her children Sam and Derrien a better understanding of
philanthropy through volunteering led to discussions with Volunteer Calgary about
what kind of programs were needed.
from the Williams-Brawn Flow Through Fund allowed us to undertake research and offer
workshops in the area of family and youth volunteerism which really helped meet
the increased demand," says Marlene Mulligan, Director, Resource Development
at Volunteer Calgary.
organization that receives support from the Fund is Social Venture Partners (SVP) which provides both resources and expertise
to nonprofits. Sue's been involved in several volunteer roles at SVP and now
plans to share her skills as a personal development coach.
"People volunteer for the same reason they give...because it feels
good," says Sue.
The family's charitable activities continue to expand through their support to Plan Canada for youth empowerment and
education projects and sponsorship of 3 children who live in San Salvador,
Haiti and the Sudan.
little Fund is really a modest one. We don't have tons to give. But by working
with the Calgary Foundation and being really strategic about where we choose to
give, investing in the community doesn't have to be a large amount to have some
significant impact," says Sue.