Fort York Food Bank. Annual Open House. 21 November 2018.

Why I Give

Bill Young
Social Capital Partners

Bill Young has been a leading donor to FYFB for several years since meeting FYFB founder and board chair Ravi Sreedharan at a Social Entrepreneurship event at the Rotman School of Management. FYFB Connects caught up with Bill to understand what attracted him to FYFB and the values our organizations share as we work to change the structural social challenges that keep people in poverty.

What attracted you to give to FYFB?

When I met Ravi, he shared with me that FYFB was founded by looking at the issue of why people came to food banks in a holistic way. How do you tackle the root causes? How could FYFB address those causes? His passion to address these underlying issues of poverty was very compelling.

You have a very specific approach to charitable giving. What are your philanthropic goals?

At Social Capital Partners, our focus is on social enterprise - supporting businesses that employ people who are outside the economic mainstream and where revenue generation is the social mission. By creating new models to tackle our structural social challenges we hope to achieve a better social model where people can have jobs without societal costs.

How does FYFB fit into your into your approach to charitable giving?

While we are looking at new models to solve our structural challenges, we recognize that there is still a need for more traditional models. I think FYFB is somewhere in between. I like the blend that FYFB offers in both addressing the immediate needs of people while addressing the long-term structural issues that bring people to food banks.

What would you say to someone interested in donating to FYFB?

FYFB is a good investment. I would say it is more an investment than a donation. To me, donations support short-term needs. Investments solve longer term problems. By giving to FYFB, you not only support the immediate crisis in our community, but help solve the issue in a more holistic way.

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photography courtesy of Claire Del Net

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