Howard Koks is a non-profit and community leader with passion to inspire staff and volunteers to new levels of success. Recognized as a positive team builder with extensive experience in organizational development, marketing, revenue generation, and relationship building. Possesses a stellar record of measurable results and well known for professionalism and commitment to the community.
The Dream Factory
October 2015 – present Responsible for day to day operations, The Dream Factory is a charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. We’re unique because we’re based in Manitoba – all of the funds we raise stay in this province to help local children. Everything we do is focused on helping sick kids and their families.
The Dream Factory relies solely on the generous support of people and businesses. Since 1983, when we were founded as The Rainbow Society, we’ve created cherished memories for more than 600 families in Manitoba.
Chief Executive Officer
Parkinson Society Manitoba
2007 – September 2015
• Responsible for all organizational operations in Manitoba ($400,000 annual budget, 100+ volunteers, 5 staff/contracts) consistently exceeding objectives set by Board of Directors.
• Revenue increased from $220,000 to over $425,000 over 5 consecutive years of growth including Parkinson SuperWalk going from $88,000 to $235,000.
• Secured multi-year funding agreement with United Way Brandon to ensure the establishment of Westman operations, office, and staffing functions.
• Lead a province-wide program expansion resulting in enhanced advocacy efforts, education, and services. Programs grew from 8 offerings with less than 100 attending each month to 14 with over 250 attending monthly. Annual conference grew from 90 people to over 325 attendees.
• Built and managed multiple partnerships with external stakeholders such as Movement Disorder Clinic at Deer Lodge, provincial government, and various community organizations.
Red River College, 1998-2007
Director of Development
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1991-1998