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Silent Auction Committee Expression of Interest

Call for Volunteers

We are pleased to share details about volunteer opportunities available through the CNE Foundation’s new Silent Auction Committee. Thank you for your interest.

Volunteer Position

CNE Foundation Silent Auction Committee Member

The Canadian National Exhibition Foundation is in search of volunteers to serve as members of its new Silent Auction Committee. The committee will provide support to the CNE Foundation’s new silent auction fundraiser to be held during the 2023 CNE event both in person and via the online fundraising platform. Members will play a key role in securing silent auction items and/or help to shape the operating model for the fundraiser based on their previous experience.

Background and Volunteer Opportunity Description

The Canadian National Exhibition Foundation is in search of volunteers to serve as members of its new Silent Auction Committee. The Silent Auction Committee is an interim initiative of the Foundation as it works toward establishing a fundraising board.

Building on the rich legacy of the iconic Exhibition, the CNE Foundation funds programs year-round to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and the community in support of its vision: “Empowering community. Improving lives.” Key programs include the Foundation’s youth sports and arts programs, scholarships, community grants, and its newly launched Smiles on Faces program, which provides all-expense-paid visits to the CNE for vulnerable children and their families. In 2022, this was expanded to include displaced children from Ukraine, along with their families.

The registered charity was reinitiated in 2018 to help the Canadian National Exhibition Association – the group that produces the annual CNE event and serves as the parent organization of the CNE Foundation – with its goal of being an engaged year-round community partner.

Following two years of event cancellations, due to the pandemic, and the return to regular programming in 2022, the CNE Foundation Board of Directors has resumed its work to progress the organization, build its capacity and transition to a fundraising board. As a new committee of the board, the Silent Auction Committee will provide support to the CNE Foundation’s new silent auction fundraiser to be held during the 2023 CNE event both in person and via the online fundraising platform.

Members will play a key role in securing silent auction items and/or help shape the operating model for the fundraiser based on their previous experience. Members will personally write to or make phone calls to personal and/or business contacts to solicit auction items, or reach out to prospective silent auction donors. Silent Auction Committee volunteers could be considered for future CNE Foundation Board of Directors positions.

Please click here to review the full CNE Foundation Silent Auction Committee Terms of Reference.

Submitting Your Expression of Interest

If you are interested in helping to make a positive community impact and volunteering your time with the CNE Foundation, please complete the online form below.

The submission deadline for Expressions of Interest is Sunday, November 12, 2023.

You will have the option to save your online Expression of Interest and return to it before the submission deadline.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The CNE Foundation encourages Expressions of Interest from individuals from all backgrounds and abilities.

The CNEF offers accommodation for prospective committee members with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

Eligibility

All individuals 18 years of age or older who have a keen interest in making a positive difference in the community are invited to apply, with the following exceptions:

  • CNE Foundation and/or CNE Association employees
  • Partners, agencies or suppliers of the CNE Foundation or CNE Association
  • Individuals domiciled with any of the above

Additional Information

To learn more about CNE Foundation programs, please visit the Our Work page of our website.

Charitable Business Number: 118834639 RR 0001

Personal information collected through this form will be used for administration purposes, including the Expression of Interest review process and for contacting prospective committee members. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions about the collection of this information.

Questions?

Please contact CNE Foundation Executive Director, Joanne Benerowski, with any questions at: [email protected] or 416-263-3813.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in the CNE Foundation Silent Auction Committee volunteer opportunities.

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