By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Bob Baker has made his fair share of contributions to local non-profit groups. Now, he is taking his skills to the national level.
Baker, the former president of the Lakeridge Health Foundation and the interim executive director at Parkwood Estate, will soon take over the position of vice-president of resource development for Habitat for Humanity’s Canadian operations.
“At this point in my career, I thought it was really important to work for an organization I really believe in,” Baker says.
“They build houses for people, they give families an opportunity to move up in life and get out of the rut that they’re in.”
Looking ahead to his new position, Baker says his goal is to nearly double the amount of donations the organization receives in the next four years.
“The national office currently raises about $8 million a year, and they want to get that above $15 million by 2020,” he says, adding the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity raise approximately $30 million per year.
“The area that they really want me to grow is donations from individuals. They do very well with corporations…90 per cent of donations across the country come from individuals, not corporations, but it’s the corporations that get the attention because that’s what they want. Individuals don’t.”
Since stepping down from his position as head of the Lakeridge Health Foundation, Baker also went on to create his own business, the Baker Group, a consulting firm that helps public organizations with strategy, board governance and raising funds. Baker says he will continue to work with his new company while he is with Habitat for Humanity.
Baker officially starts in his new position on Aug. 8.