Tim at Coady Institute

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Tim oversees the funding of national programs that build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable societies. His presentation sheds light on the convenient dysfunctions that are inherent in current relationships between donors and organizations. He calls this a ‘dance of deception’: donors pretend that money is the answer and organizations pretend to believe them. He highlights the need for more horizontal and honest relationships built around mutual learning and sharing as opposed to financial resources so that real and meaningful change, as opposed to financial transactions, becomes the focus of development.