Laily Pirbhai is a trusted philanthropic advisor. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Laily spent more than a decade working at the Calgary Foundation, likening her role to a “philanthropic advisor” in the community. Under Laily’s leadership, effective donor engagement at the Foundation means starting a philanthropic conversation with the family’s “why”. Understanding a donor’s charitable motivations and objectives through a deliberate partnership with professional advisors continually helps Laily uncover a multitude of customized giving strategies to help donors meet their financial and charitable goals. Laily’s current Board roles include the National Centre for Family Philanthropy’s’ CF Advisory Committee and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ Government Relations Committee. In addition to CAGP membership, Laily is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown. Current appointments include a “FRIEND” with the International Society of Trusts and Estate Planners (STEP), and Board roles with the National Centre for Family Philanthropy’s Advisory Committee and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners Government Relations Committee. Laily is presently also member of the Rotary Club and the Estate Planning Council of Calgary.


Community Foundation Spark Session: Working With Enterprising Families

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Laily Pirbhai, Mark A. Weber, Morgan Bishop Fraser, Tony Macklin

A family business’s philanthropy has many goals. Family legacy and values, family and business reputation, employee retention, development of successors and younger generations, and tax-wise planning are just a few. The family often involves multiple advisors, formal and informal, in achieving those goals. How can a community foundation be a more effective partner to the multi-generation family, their business, and… Read More
Voices from the Field

Knowledge Philanthropy: Engaging Donors in Community Needs

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Laily Pirbhai

The Calgary Foundation understands the importance of our 3 key roles: donor stewardship, effective grantmaker, community leader…but what’s our why? What do we believe? After sixty years of serving philanthropy for the benefit of community, we’ve learned our knowledge of community issues and needs represents the distinct value we bring to donors - that’s our biggest asset… Read More