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2007 Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Paul Marcus, LL.B., CFRE

Nominated by the AFP Ontario, Greater Toronto Chapter

Paul Marcus, LL.B., CFRE, began his career as a lawyer, but his passion has always been fundraising and connecting people to causes they care about.

“Practicing law with a major firm in Toronto was an outstanding experience,” he says, “but you have to love what you are doing. I felt that in the nonprofit sector I had the potential to make an impact and contribution to the community.”

Mr. Marcus is the founding president and CEO of the York University Foundation in Toronto, a position he has held since 2002. As a start-up, while there was tremendous support from the university, the foundation needed everything from paperclips to a board. In that short time, the foundation has already become a model for university fundraising in Canada.

The York team has doubled fundraising revenue and pledges, and the number of donors has increased by 63 percent. Mr. Marcus has helped raise 13 new gifts of $1 million or more in just over two years. A client-focused, entrepreneurial approach to fundraising has been developed. This success has been possible thanks to a dedicated university community, 24 board members who are philanthropic leaders in Canada and a talented team of professionals.

York, a relatively new university, recently launched its largest fundraising campaign to celebrate its 50th anniversary: York to the Power of 50. With the support of its friends and donors, York is more than halfway toward its $200 million goal.

These sorts of results are typical for any organization where Mr. Marcus has worked.

Previously, Mr. Marcus served as senior vice president of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto. At that time, hospitals were experiencing major cuts in government funding and shifts in medical practices. The Mount Sinai team launched an unprecedented capital campaign to increase private giving. During phase I, more than $150 million was raised in gifts and pledges, the largest hospital campaign in Canada at the time.

Mr. Marcus also has worked as director of development at United Jewish Appeal/Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto.

In addition, Mr. Marcus is actively involved with numerous charitable organizations in the community. Past volunteer work includes the Markham Race Relations Committee, Juvenile Justice Volunteer Program and Queen’s Legal Aid Society. He is currently a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Young Presidents’ Organization and on the National Advisory Board of “Philanthropic Trends” (KCI).

He has served AFP in many capacities, both locally and internationally, giving numerous presentations and seminars on fundraising trends and diversity in fundraising. He is a past board member of the AFP Ontario, Greater Toronto Chapter and has chaired its congress, Canada’s largest fundraising conference. He is currently serving on the AFP Ethics Committee.

He and his wife, Pearl, have two daughters, Jaclyn and Michelle.

AFP is pleased to present Paul Marcus, LL.B., CFRE, with the 2007 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

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