Below is an excerpt from the winning essay Jess’ team wrote, nominating her for a Stevie Award.
Jess Tomlin never sits still–not during meetings and not when it comes to raising more money for women and girls. Unleashing millions of dollars this year alone, Jess’ energy and unique perspective on women’s rights work has changed the face of storytelling, fundraising, and Canadian philanthropy.
Before she was hired as the CEO of The MATCH Fund, the organization narrowly escaped closing its doors for good. A visionary, Jess saw Canada’s need for a dedicated fund for marginalized women outside of Canada’s borders. From her experience in Zambia, Jordan, and Syria, Jess knew that these women, though they often receive the least amount of support, are poised to make the greatest change in their communities. While many Canadian non-profits support women, not a single other organization puts women’s ideas and innovations at the very centre of the work.