About Community One

The Gay Community Appeal in 1982.

In 1980, a group of lesbian and gay activists founded the Gay Community Appeal, raising funds for community projects and organizations. Soon after, the name changed to the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal, or LGCA.

Every year the Appeal held face-to-face fundraisers like S.O.S. (Supporting Our Selves) and hosted events like Fruit Cocktail theatrical productions and the Fruitcup gala, raising money for organizations that became the backbone of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community – The 519, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Black CAP, Toronto PFLAG, Asian Community AIDS Services, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, Sherbourne Health Centre and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, amongst many others.

In 1987, the LGCA helped start the Bill 7 Award, a scholarship program for LGBT+ students, and in 2007 the LGBT Giving Network, connecting LGBT-serving groups with one another to inspire leadership, action and community philanthropy. The LGCA encouraged other community groups obtain registered charitable status, thus strengthening their own fundraising capacity.

The Community One Foundation team in 2019. Front row, l-r: volunteer Kerrin McNamara, Terrance Greene, Karen Arthurton. Back row l-r: Board member Trini Mitra, board member Kevin Borden, former Co-chair now volunteer Kevin Ormsby, Co-chair Andrew Mainprize, former Rainbow Grants Co-chair Steven Solomon and Raul Luna Polo.

Community One continues this spirit, focusing on marginalized communities as we choose grant recipients, helping them to create an independent, autonomous support network. In 2008, the LGCA became the Community One Foundation, a name better representative of the diverse community we serve, but we have stayed our commitment to funding important initiatives in the LGBTTIQQ2S community.


Mainprize (he/him)

Andrew Mainprize (he/him)

Board Co-Chair, Director

Rogers Communications

Andrew brings over 15 years of strategy, operations and change management experience in the telecommunications and hospitality industries. Among his many accomplishments is the development and advancement of organizational culture initiatives, such as setting up employee resource groups to ensure the voice of the worker is a profound consideration in shaping a company’s culture. Andrew has maintained strong ties to the community, including his involvement with Pride festivities and volunteering for LGBT organizations in both Toronto and London, Ontario for the past 20 years. Andrew strongly believes in Community One and the positive impact they have made for both groups and individuals within the community. He is committed to helping the foundation continue to grow in line with the needs of those we support.

Katz (he/him)

Sam Katz (he/him)

Board Co-Chair, Director

Eva’s Initiatives For Homeless Youth

Sam is the Co-Chair of Community One Foundation. He is a talented non-profit leader with over 17 years of fundraising experience. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a member in good standing with the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Sam has directed major, annual and capital gift campaigns and has successfully closed over $30 million in gifts and pledges. He has directly solicited over $7.5 million for affordable housing, the arts, social services and educational institutions.

Currently, Sam is the Senior Director of Philanthropy at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth. Leading an expanding team of eight to raise $3.2 million a year with an ambitious plan to reach $5 million by 2025.

Sam is the former Director of Development and Communications and Chief Privacy Officer for Fife House Foundation, Canada’s largest provider of supportive housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Sam completed Fife House’s latest capital campaign, opening a multi-million dollar facility to support vulnerable individuals transitioning from Homelessness.

Arthurton (she/her)

Karen Arthurton (she/her)

Director, Rainbow Grants Co-Chair & Board Secretary

Ryerson University Bio coming soon…

Borden (he/him)

Kevin Borden (he/him)

Director & Bill7 / Steinert & Ferreiro Lead

Community HIV, Mental Health and Addictions Consultant

Kevin Borden has spent more than 25 years working and volunteering in the LGBTTIQQ2S community, gaining vital experience in supporting underserved, underprivileged, disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations across the GTA. Prior to joining Community One, Kevin was a member of the Daily Bread Food Bank Board of Directors for six years, serving his final three years as part of the executive committee. While enjoying a well-earned early retirement, Kevin is still involved with and working in the community on temporary projects.

So (he/him)

Leon So (he/him)

Board Treasurer,  Director

TD Securities

Leon has years of professional experience in Finance and Accounting. He has worked in various financial audit & risk management roles in TD Bank Group and Deloitte LLP Canada. He currently serves as the Senior Manager for the Global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Advisory Group in TD Bank, leading a team of AML professionals to deter money laundering and terrorist financing. He is also a standing member of Chartered Professional Accountant, Charted Accountant (CPA, CA) and Charted Financial Analyst (CFA).

Leon has been very active in supporting initiatives for marginalized communities including newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities and LGBTTIQQ2S members across the GTA. He is passionate in Community One’s vision to continue to grow and serve our community.



Bill 7 Award Scholarship

In partnership with Supporting Our Youth, the Community One Foundation is a co-sponsoring agency of the Bill 7 Award. The Bill 7 Award is a registered charitable trust that awards scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and 2-spirited students, resident in Ontario and in financial need in any post-secondary institution in Ontario, attaining their first degree. The Award is named after the 1986 Ontario legislation that extended the protection of the Human Rights Code to lesbians and gays. Since its inception in 1988, we have been working hard to increase the number and size of the bursaries available. In recent years, we have been able to award four bursaries of $2,000 each. In total so far, over $60,000 has been presented to students in the queer community. All the money has been raised through donations. Visit www.bill7award.ca for more information.

LGBT Giving Network

The Community One Foundation is proud to be a co-founding member of the LGBT Giving Network, a group of organizations working together to engage and cultivate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and allied donors to help secure leadership gifts and long-term financial support to build stronger LGBT communities in Canada. The Network was formed in 2007 to address the need for improved engagement between non-profit charities, donors and businesses interested in LGBT communities and issues. Its founding member organizations represent a cross-section of the diverse LGBT communities. LGBT philanthropy is increasing in Canada and the purpose of this network is to build the collective understanding of the financial implications of philanthropy, nurture the relationship between donors and charities and to provide a point of contact for businesses and supporters. Activities of the Network include:

  • Developing a mentorship program for non-profit staff and leadership
  • Promoting LGBT voluntarism
  • LGBT Philanthropy in Canada conferences
  • LGBT Donor Appreciation events

Visit www.lgbtgivingnetwork.org for more information.