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.