Geoff C. Graham, CFRE
Senior Director, Gift Planning, Charitable Giving Advisor
QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
AFP member since 1996
Why did you join AFP Nova Scotia? What has your experience been like so far?
When I joined AFP 23 years ago, I had no idea how much it would help foster my career in philanthropy. Being a member of AFP has been a journey of discovery about our profession through education, networking, and leadership. Educational sessions (locally and nationally) have helped me to refine my skills; networking has opened countless doors to new colleagues, mentors, and friends; leadership opportunities, such as participating as a board member in various roles, has helped me grow as an individual.
Tell us about your current role at the QEII Foundation. What is your favorite part of the job?
Last April I joined the QEII Health Sciences Foundation as a Charitable Giving Advisor overseeing the gift planning. My predecessor, Charles O’Neil, recently retired and left a tremendous legacy of helping individuals connect to their passion. I am humbled by this opportunity to carry on this tradition at the QEII. Right now, my favourite part is getting to know those that have left the QEII Foundation in their will and working with my new colleagues.
What inspired you to pursue a career in fundraising?
Like some, I fell into fundraising as career. I very quickly became inspired and intrigued by generosity of so many passionate individuals wanting to make a difference in their community.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
I’m proud of serving individuals that have an intense desire to be generous to their favourite causes; creating connections and relationships; sharing and being a part of inspiring stories. I’m also proud of helping my colleagues and the profession advance. It is an honour to serve.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Nova Scotia in the fall?
Definitely experiencing the fall colours. I’m originally from Southern California where the changing seasons tend to be a bit more subtle. Seeing the brilliance of autumn and feeling the crisp cool air is a salubrious part of the season.