Full Name
Wanda Brascoupe
Job Title
Indigenous Philanthropy Advisors
Speaker Bio
Wanda exemplifies purpose-driven leadership, merging personal fulfillment with professional success through her dedication to inclusivity. With a background combining Western business acumen and Indigenous heritage, Wanda rose from volunteer to national leader in Canada’s philanthropic sector. Over the last 15 years, Wanda has become a visionary, leading transformational efforts and reshaping partnerships with actionable strategies. Her notable achievements include co-authoring 'Canadian Giving to Indigenous-led Charities' and playing a crucial role in the development of the 'Declaration of Action,' redefining philanthropy’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
During the global pandemic, Wanda co-founded the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF), blending Indigenous knowledge with Western philanthropy. The initiative incorporates Indigenous ways of relating, and was positively received by over 1200 Indigenous-led charities and nonprofits. As co-leads, they stewarded and managed over $40 million in unrestricted funds from private and public foundations, corporations, and individuals, driving significant impact.
A proud member of the Bear Clan, Skarù rę', Kanien’kehà:ka, and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Wanda integrates Haudenosaunee laws with knowledge from Harvard Business School and her ongoing Masters at Carleton University. Above all, Wanda is proud of her three daughters, celebrating their achievements at Cornell University alongside their professional and personal successes.
Wanda Brascoupe