Canada Charities

Charities Were There First: The New World Of Social Enterprise

Marina Glogovac | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

Have you heard about social enterprises? Social enterprises apply business solutions to social problems. They're incredibly hot right now. So hot, in fact, that I've just come back from the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference in San Francisco where there were over 2000 attendees.

Facing Zika Is A Choice For Olympians, But Not For Brazil's Women

World Vision | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

If only Zika was a two-week stint like the Olympics. Sadly, after Olympians go home and the buzz in the Olympic village dissipates, mosquitos carrying the Zika virus will remain, and those living in their midst have no choice but to stay.

Tough Times Are Often Great Incubators For New Ideas And Approaches

David Hessekiel | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Business
David Hessekiel

Canadian charities have long relied on P2P campaigns to engage their most passionate supporters in attracting donations. But Canada's economic uncertainty and increased competition in the charitable space have dampened results for many of the country's largest and most established P2P programs.

6 Free And Easy Fundraising Hacks For Non-Profits

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

You can try and spin it how you want, but the bottom line is that donors are only as altruistic as much as their socio-economic circumstances allow. A majority for the most part give because of their emotional connection to the cause, but that is only as long as they have additional income to give in the first place.

Canada's Youth Win Big With The Federal Budget

Kids Help Phone | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Kids Help Phone

Canada's youth are the biggest winners from Tuesday's federal budget, but not in the way you'd expect. Buried deep inside the budget, well below the commendable financial commitments to First Nations, families and young children, is a potential game-changer for young people -- plans to create the first ever Prime Minister's Youth Council.

Trudeau Needs More CRA Fixes To Repair Damage To Charities

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

The Trudeau government seemingly called off the CRA from harassing Canada's charities on January 20. Well, not really, in fact. The Trudeau government's timidity so far in fixing this abuse of power by the previous government will probably result in some of Canada's most popular and important charities heading toward decertification and oblivion.

Our Unexpected Pick For Best Fundraiser Of The Year

Bob Ramsay | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada
Bob Ramsay

It wasn't a gala. It didn't happen in tony Toronto. It involved just 16 people, among them one woman. It took place in a suburban strip-mall. The even...

The Chilly Shelter Of An Iraqi Family Forced From Home

World Vision | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For the past two weeks of school vacation, many Canadian children have enjoyed lingering in bed in the mornings, snuggled under the covers. But for children forced from their homes by violence in Syria and Iraq, warm blankets are more than a holiday luxury. On some mornings, it's just too cold to leave their beds.

5 Ways To 'Give Smart' This Giving Tuesday

World Vision | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For me, Giving Tuesday isn't a stand-alone event. It marks the beginning of my holiday giving, and fits right in with the spirit of the coming season, alongside sleigh bells, choirs, or the laughter of children as they make their annual wish lists.

3 Tips To Help You Give Your Best This Holiday Season

Marina Glogovac | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Holidays are truly a time of giving in Canada. And this year thousands of businesses, communities and individuals from coast to coast will join together on GivingTuesday (December 1st) for the official opening of the holiday giving season.

Charity Isn't Just About Giving Money

Gillian Farber | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Gillian Farber

Charity should not just be about giving away money, rather, one can give away almost anything to anyone in need. I'm not saying don't give -- I'm saying to do your research to find something that has importance and to give with thoughtfulness, true spirit and a genuine desire to help.

Bringing the Miracle of Eyesight to Madagascar

Mark Sissons | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Mark Sissons

Every year, half a million of the world's children go blind, according to the World Health Organization; 75 per cent of them live in developing countries such as Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of eastern Africa best known as the setting of a popular animated film.

Giving Back: 4 Organizations That Are Making A Difference In Canada

Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living

There are many organizations helping Canadians tackle a wide range of issues, from homelessness to feeding hungry schoolchildren. What they all have i...

6 Trends Disrupting the Charitable Sector Now

Marina Glogovac | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

Ongoing disruption is the new normal for industries, but when it comes to charities there is a unique complexity not present in many other sectors -- mostly in diversity of causes, operating models, stakeholders and the disconnect between people who pay for services and beneficiaries of services.

The "Next Gen" Way of Giving Back to the Community

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Danisha Bhaloo

As a professional fundraiser in my community, the number one challenge, and opportunity, is how to engage this new group of donors and volunteers to help support the hundreds of charitable organizations in our community.

5 Things Non-Profit Leaders Can Learn From Google

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

After working with multiple non-profits and private sector companies to solve fundraising challenges, I've learned that a little innovation can do wonders. So who better to look to than one of the most valuable and creative companies on the planet, Google.

Canada's Charitable Law Urgently Needs Reforming

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

A report released today by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre calls for sweeping reform of Canadian charitable law in line with other jurisdictions such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and England. Current rules around "political activity" are confusing and create an "intolerable state of uncertainty," the report says.

A Generous Donation Makes Charities Think Harder About Cooperation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian music industry mogul Gary Slaight announced his foundation was giving a $7 million donation to seven non-profit organizations, he didn't just hand over a cheque. He presented a vision. Slaight wants non-profits to come out of their silos and change the world with cooperation.

18 National Charities Speak Out Against CRA 'Chill'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - As the country prepares for the next federal election, 18 national charities are seeking clearer rules about how much of a role their sector ...

Audiences Shouldn't Have to Put Up With Politicians 'Bringing Greetings'

Bob Ramsay | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Bob Ramsay

I recently paid $50 to attend a preview screening of the movie, Still Alice. The film was to start at 7 p.m. But it began 40 minutes late. Not only did executives of each of the sponsors insist on their (equal) time at the podium, but, much like victims of an interminable home invasion, the 500 of us in the audience had to endure "greetings" from three different politicians. Why do we put up with this?

12 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Give

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Impact

We all know the importance of giving, but a gentle reminder once in a while doesn't hurt. In 2012, the United Nations declared the International D...

Why We Should Measure Success by Social Good

Joseph Ottorino | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Joseph Ottorino

Your brand has an audience you've worked hard to cultivate, but part of that includes those who are the most connected to your company: your employees. They're already working together to achieve your businesses goals and are passionate about the company succeeding. You should look to find ways to give your team a chance to become involved in something bigger.

Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business
Edward Jackson

with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law Punishes Charities

Derek James From | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Business
Derek James From

Proponents of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) have touted it as a giant leap for economic efficiency in e-commerce by making spam illegal. And CASL does list the promotion of "efficiency" as its purpose. But contrary to the good results this efficiency may bring, CASL could have a decimating effect on charities. Here's how.

How to Finance Your Bucket-List Vacation Before You Kick the Bucket

Robert Waite | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Travel
Robert Waite

My wife and I enjoy travel, including trips to far-flung, exotic locations, from Bhutan and Easter Island, to Iceland and India. Over the years we have developed some strategies that have made these trips affordable, even as we were saving for our children's university fees and our own retirement.