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The Route, April 23 2024

Navigating Philanthropy: A Career Journey with William Ord

On Ep. 166 of The Route with William Ord, Philanthropy Coordinator at Blue Jays Care, host Chris Nascimento sat down with William Ord, the philanthropy coordinator at Jays Care Foundation, to delve into his inspiring career journey and the impactful work he does with the foundation. From humble beginnings as a podcast host to his current role in philanthropy, William shared valuable insights and memorable moments that have shaped his career path.

From Podcast Host to Philanthropy Coordinator

William's journey began with a passion for podcasting and a drive to explore various career avenues. Starting as a podcast host and later interning in business development, he eventually found his way to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, initially joining the team in Sales. However, his journey didn't end there. Through dedication and determination, William transitioned into his current role as the philanthropy coordinator at Jays Care Foundation, where he plays a pivotal role in managing annual giving initiatives and overseeing the impactful Video Board Celebrations program.

Making an Impact through Philanthropy

At Jays Care Foundation, William's responsibilities extend beyond fundraising. He actively engages with donors and fans, emphasizing the foundation's mission to make a difference in the lives of youth through sports and education. The Video Board Celebrations program, a unique initiative spearheaded by William, allows fans to reserve messages on the video board during games in exchange for a donation to Jays Care. Through these efforts, William and his team are able to support various community programs and initiatives, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of children across Canada.

Embracing Challenges and Pursuing Passions

Throughout his career journey, William has faced challenges and obstacles, but he never allowed them to hinder his pursuit of success. He emphasizes the importance of not limiting oneself and embracing one's passions, regardless of any disabilities or challenges one may face. William's resilience and determination serve as an inspiration to others, proving that with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible.

Memorable Moments and Milestones

Reflecting on his career, William shared two particularly memorable moments that stand out in his journey. One such moment was an event with Tim Mazza, where he had the opportunity to witness firsthand the impact of Jays Care Foundation's programs on children. Additionally, William fondly recalls a team picture with the Toronto Blue Jays, a milestone that symbolized his journey from a passionate fan to an integral part of the organization.


William Ord's career journey exemplifies the power of perseverance, passion, and dedication. From his humble beginnings as a podcast host to his current role as the philanthropy coordinator at Jays Care Foundation, William continues to make a meaningful impact in the lives of youth through sports and education. His story serves as a testament to the transformative power of philanthropy and the endless possibilities that await those who dare to pursue their dreams.

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