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How Food Banks Are Transforming Their Communities

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Food banks see clients facing these challenges every day, and have responded with innovative programming that not only increases access to healthy food, but turns it into an opportunity to build community. Within the OAFB network, there are food banks in all corners of the province that offer innovative, healthy food options to clients. Here are just a few.

The Food Bank Will Always Be Part Of My Family Story

Matthew Ryan Smith | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Matthew Ryan Smith

We didn't want charity, especially when we needed it the most. Yet it was the blind kindness of strangers that made the toughest of times a little less daunting. A full belly was one of our first steps towards a fuller life. What was once a source of shame for my family is now an important part of our story.

Activism Without Borders Gives Canadians A Voice In U.S. Politics

Ann Rosenfield | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Impact
Ann Rosenfield

Many Canadians gave online to the ACLU to help overturn the Trump administration's de facto ban on travellers coming from several Muslim-majority countries. The unexpected effect of globalization is citizens feel empowered to act and comment on the actions of another country.

The Polar Bear Dip Is A Truly Canadian Rite Of Passage

Brett Tarver | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Brett Tarver

I was convinced it would be a cold day in hell before I would even think of doing one. But that all changed suddenly last year. I allowed myself to be swept up by polar bear dip fever at work. It was fun, kinda like pledging for a fraternity. It took me back to the carefree days of my youth.

This Year, Give The Gift Of Creativity

Ron Tite | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada
Ron Tite

It's that time of year, folks. People are scrambling through stores, rifling through racks of clothes, desperately yelling, " I need this in a medium!...

Canadians Know That True Generosity Goes Beyond Giving Cash

Ann Rosenfield | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Living
Ann Rosenfield

I say "Bah Humbug" to The Fraser Institute for saying an average Canadian is less generous than their American neighbour. Their 2016 Generosity Index makes Canadians look bad because Canadian give much less to charity. Cash gifts are only one part of the generosity story.

Food Alone Won't Solve Hunger

Nick Saul | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Nick Saul

For the last 40 years, we've been sold a lie about how to solve hunger. It's the kind of deception that sounds so right, so convincing, that we don't even ask questions. We've been told that handing out food to poor, struggling people will fill their need and end their hunger. And yet nothing could be further from the truth.

If You Are Giving To Charity This Holiday Season, Give Well

Kristen Pue | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Pue

Almost half of all charitable donations occur over the holiday season. Charitable giving is something that is deeply personal, reflecting your values and life experience. But there are some practices that everyone can follow to give well.

Giving Tuesday Skeptics Are Missing The Point

Marina Glogovac | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Given that donations have grown relatively flat across the country in recent years, with a growing share of total donations coming from a small group of older donors, it's clear we need to do everything we can to inspire a new generation of givers.

An African Friend To Vancouver's At-Risk Youth

Mark Sissons | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Sissons

We tend to think of charities involving Africans in terms of us providing assistance to them, not the other way around. Yet here is a man who spent part of his childhood in an orphanage in war-torn Uganda, changing young lives on our streets with a message of hope that flows from one powerful realization: Someone values me. I am not alone.

Microvolunteering Makes It Easy To Give Back

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Welcome to microvolunteering, 10-minute increments of doing good that can (mostly) be done from home. Code-slingers and charities are inventing ways to make use of these small pockets of downtime to give a growing movement of people the chance to step up for a cause.

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.

I'm Walking 135km With My Toddler To Prove Yoda Wrong

Elizabeth Bromstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Bromstein

About ten days from time of writing, I think my three-year-old daughter is going to be a little annoyed with me. This is because at that time we'll be well into our second day of a 135km walk from our house in Toronto to Niagara Falls. I have no idea how much of this my daughter will remember or what, at this age, she will take away from the experience. But when she's older and looks back at this time, I hope these are four lessons she has learned.

How You Can Make A Difference In The World

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

The word "legacy" can mean different things to different people. To some, it means passing on wealth to their children. To others, it means ensuring their name lives on. In the end, leaving a legacy all comes down to being remembered, to making sure our lives counted for something that won't soon be forgotten.

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Embrace Charitable Giving

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Amendments to the Income Tax Act have been made that incentivize planned charitable giving. Prior to 2016, gifts to registered charitable organizations made by will received tax credits that could only be used in the year of the testator's death or carried back to the preceding year.

Chef's Prairie Feast Gives Canadians A Reason To Visit Saskatoon

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

MacKay's vision is embodied in Prairie Feast, an annual celebration of Saskatchewan food and culture that wrapped up its second edition last weekend. This year, chefs from around Canada came and cooked sensational food on the street, beneath tents and amid the hot sun and famous big, blue skies of the middle of the country.

Try Giving To Charity For The Ultimate Self-Esteem Boost

David Lester | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Impact
David Lester

We live in a world of selfies, life style baiting and constant social fishing for likes and follows. Where does it all get us? If you're feeling needy, give back to those who need it and see how you feel afterwards

Fort McMurray Looks Like Home Again Thanks To Canadian Generosity

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

When I arrived the first time I was taken aback by the devastation. Rows of charred trees, businesses and entire blocks of homes destroyed. The smell of smoke still lingered in the air. This time, I see full parking lots, line-ups at grocery stores, people going about their lives like they did before the fires.

5 Friendships That Remind Us What Giving Truly Means

UNICEF Canada | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

For millions of children around the world, life can be a daily struggle. From managing a disability, to overcoming cyberbullying, to escaping conflict, children face challenges many adults couldn't even imagine. But the lucky ones don't have to go through it alone. Meet five sets of friends who remind us what giving truly means.

Why Businesses Need To Think Differently About Charity

Patti-Jo Wiese | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Patti-Jo Wiese

It's been recognized that millennials hunger for meaning and purpose in work and want to make a difference in the world. So businesses need to find solutions to engaging their millennial talent, and one very powerful way to do that is through social enterprise campaigns.

I Discovered The One Thing All Cancer Survivors Understand

Tammy Taylor | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tammy Taylor

My life was forever changed in one diagnosis: cancer. After 25 years, I had finally learned that the rash on my body was the precursor to a rare form of cancer called for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) that would need to be treated with full-body radiation. My treatment plan was as unique as my diagnosis.

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

We Ride To Take Back The Fight Against Cancer

John Casciato | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
John Casciato

In early May, we buried an amazing 19-year-old-boy. This was Ryan Marston, an inspiration to us all. He fought the good fight three times before finally losing his battle, but in his passing, this young man left behind a legacy -- he was determined not to be forgotten, though he did not know it then.

The Many Ways Seniors Can Have Fun — And Make A Difference, Too

Optimum Care | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

As seniors age, much of their time is freed from the commitments of work and family and they start to look for ways to participate more actively in their communities. As the saying goes, doing good makes you feel good, and the seniors who continue to make a difference every day are true testaments to that.

Why Charities Receive Less During The Summer

Marina Glogovac | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Every year, charities reap the benefits of Canadians' generous holiday spirit, seeing a significant bump in December donations. In fact, more than a third of CanadaHelps' annual donations are achieved in this one month alone. While that seasonal generosity is important for charities, there is an unfortunate downside -- as the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, donations tend to dry up, leaving gaps for many organizations. I call this the "summer drought."