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We Day: An Inspiration For Change

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.

Where is Your Charity Money Really Being Spent?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

The results of a recent study conducted by MoneySense on charity spending are shocking, to say the least. The difference in the ways that charities are being run is frightening. I counted 13 very well-known charities that spend less than 50 per cent of the money they raise on programs. Two were less than 40 per cent!

Are Screaming Charities Deafening Donors?

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

Is all this cause marketing too much to care about? Everywhere you turn today, there's another worthy cause trying to get your attention, time, and in all likelihood, money. As a result of the increased marketing noise, I'd argue we've become anesthetized to all the pleas.

Turning Tragedy Into Inspiration

Krista Noack | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Krista Noack

There is a saying out there that goes, "Everything happens for a reason." There are some things in life that this statement can apply to, but sometime...

Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

Give 30 is an initiative established in 2012, tapping into Ramadan's lessons on social solidarity, to mobilize everyone -- regardless of faith or background -- to address the challenges of hunger in our society. Hunger in Canada is not an issue of food scarcity. Rather, it is directly related to income sufficiency and security.

"Fashion With A Heart" Celebrates The Kol Hope Foundation For Children

Ramp1885.com | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Fashion With A Heart. By: Hina P. Ansari Photography by Candice Kaye /CPFW In mid-June, the uber sexy Thompson Hotel played host to ...

What if All the G20 Leaders Were Girls?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Imagine the G20 Leaders (Zuma, Obama, Harper, Pena Nieto, Rousseff, Fernandez de Kirchner, Jinping, Keqiang, Yudhoyono, Abe, Geun-hye, Singh, Putin, Erdogan, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, Letta, Abdullah and Gillard). Open your eyes. Now imagine 20 girls. What you see are the G(irls)20 Summit delegates.

Calgary's World Partnership Walk - Taking Steps to End Global Poverty

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

One of my earliest memories as a child was going to Prince's Island Park in Calgary every June to walk The World Partnership Walk. Back then, I looked forward to it because we made it a family affair. I would head down to the park with my family and it seemed that in exchange for walking a mere 8 kilometers or so, I would receive a delicious chili lunch, have a chance to part in some fun activities, get my face painted and even come away with a few prizes (it was all well worth the stickers).

Every Contribution Counts: Tips for Fundraising on Facebook

Jordan Banks | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada
Jordan Banks

What we've learned at Facebook is that with more than 18 million active users across the country, Canadian charities have the potential to use the social network to engage and inspire people to tap into their connections, helping to raise awareness and donations.

Changing Your Brand Can Be Like Herding Cats

Mary Donohue | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

We've all heard the saying "It's like herding cats." As challenging as that might be, it's not much more difficult than building consensus with a global committee: everyone has a different view, and often a territorial approach to meetings. In fact, while herding cats is tough, creating a brand change in corporations may be even tougher.

Hope Is Greater Than Fear

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Sandra Hawken Diaz

The most dangerous time for an abused women is when she attempts to leave her abuser. And although Canada has more than 400 emergency shelters, in some communities women and their children are regularly turned away because the shelters are full.

When Slacktivism Isn't Good Enough

Nikki Thomas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Nikki Thomas

Raising awareness is often a good first step, and functions well as a means to an end -- but it cannot be viewed as an end in itself. Activism simply does not end with the sharing of a Facebook post or a retweet; it's great to tell your friends that something is important enough to share with them, but it's virtually meaningless if it doesn't lead to further action.

From Brain Tumour Patient to Cross-Country Runner

Ben Seewald | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada
Ben Seewald

It has been almost 17 years since I heard the startling words that changed my life forever. "You have a brain tumour" -- those five little words had the power to turn my life upside down and set me on a completely different course in life.

F*** Cancer: Life Lessons From My Mother

Julie Greenbaum | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Greenbaum

The memories of my mother are not of a cancer victim, they are not of a shaved head, or intravenous tubes, or a frail body. They are her wonderful spirit, her brave beautiful smile, and a loving acceptance of life that was contagious with everyone she touched. My mother didn't just talk the talk, she walked the walk.

CIDA's Merge Is a Lot Like My Son's Allowance

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Each week, I give my two children a small allowance. Since I'm trying to teach them about managing money responsibly, their coins are automatically divided among three different jam jars: Spending, saving, charity. This week, Canada's federal government announced the amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT. What will happen when the two jars become one?

Has Social Media And The Internet Become The Leader In Securing Funds?

The Huffington Post Canada | Dileen Simms | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada Impact

There's no question most people are committed to giving back — in 2010, the average Canadian donated $446 to charity. And with so many of us spendin...

How Much of What You Donate Actually Goes to Charity?

Phil Froats | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Business
Phil Froats

Charities are a big business and this business is becoming more competitive and costly each year. There are over 85,000 organizations on the Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate. They employ a lot of people to chase more than $8.3 billion dollars in donations as reported by Statistics Canada. When you make a donation with your hard earned money, you want it to go to the cause. It is understood that some of the donation will be used for administrative costs and fundraising but one hopes that a large percentage will reach the people you intend to help. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.

Tis the Season to Give. Here's Why! #WhatWouldYouGive

Amber Rehman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Amber Rehman

In late November TELUS asked their Facebook friends a simple question; if you could give anything to anyone, what would you give? To give is one thing, but to involve the average person and allow them to be part of the sharing is a beautiful thing.

'Change Heroes' Sells 'Friend-Funding' To Build Schools, Libraries

John F. Gray | Posted 02.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Recognizing the power of personal connections, Change Heroes has designed their platform around the concept of "friend-funding." The goal of each change hero is to bring together 33 of their friends, family, and co-workers together to donate $3.33 a day for three months which equates to $10,000 which will fund the building of a school or two libraries.

Starting the Next Big Charity in Under Six Months

Evan Kosiner | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Evan Kosiner

Last March I had the privilege of co-founding Skate To Great out of a conversation I had with a friend about how every kid should have the opportunity to skate in Canada. I've learnt a lot along the way. The idea, bring industry bodies in hockey and skating together with children's charities and corporate partners so regardless of economic or physical circumstances, any kid who wants the opportunity to skate, gets it.

This Season, It's Worth Remembering How Much One Gift Can Accomplish

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

While "Giving Tuesday" hasn't fully migrated north to Canada, the idea behind it is appealing. With all the ads and other reminders to shop and give at this time of year, I think it's worth stepping back for a moment to consider how and why we give and also the far-reaching results certain gifts can generate.

Simple Plan Dabble In French, Battle With Bullies

Huffington Post Music Canada | Liisa Ladouceur | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Montreal pop-punks Simple Plan are celebrating 10 years together with the release of Simple Plan: The Official Story, a coffee table book and biograph...

What I Learned This Week: Charity Starts at Home

Andy Nulman | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Andy Nulman

Now, I give a lot of money and a lot of time to charitable causes. Yet many times I find myself dressed up and wondering "Just who/what am I raising money for tonight?" But if you give without thought, without conviction, without understanding what you can REALLY do to help, what are you really giving?

SavvyMom Roundup: Kickin' It Old School

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week I am obsessed with all things old school. Specifically, I mean the popularity of, recurring presence of and constant reference to all things "old school." It's so over used that it's almost (as my kids would say) "over," but we keep hearing the phrase (as in "kickin' it old school"). Here are five examples of old school being new again that I noticed this week.