Donor Profile: Williams-Brawn Family

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.

"My 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.

Sue's 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.

"Funding 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.

Another 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.

"Our 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.