Canada Charity

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."

Virtual Reality Can Help Donors See The Impact Of Charitable Giving

Awane Jones | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Awane Jones

You see a pamphlet or a charity commercial about suffering kids in third world countries. Do you feel the kind of empathy that facilitates generosity, or do you feel the uncomfortable guilt that you try to avoid? At first, the shocking statistics and graphic photos worked -- the message was powerful and emotive. But after one too many pamphlets and commercials, the message is plain.

Reporting On "Impact" Will Spur More Donations

Marina Glogovac | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

Considering we now live in an age where virtually any piece of information is at our fingertips, it should come as no surprise that Canadians have become increasingly interested in seeing how their charitable dollars are being spent. People now want visibility into the impact their chosen charities are making in the world, and it is a charity's ability to drive results which will inspire donors to give more.

Thinking Of Not-For-Profit Organizations As Today's Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

When you think of a not-for-profit organization, "change agent" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Today, more and more not-for-profit organizations are not only making a difference, they are making it by doing things differently.

Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean Water

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

This is a running program that helps train people through supportive groups and provides a common goal for us to run, for clean water for kids. Water fundraising also makes a lot of sense to me as a runner. Runners are so aware of how much they depend on water, so it seemed like a natural fit.

How I'm Honouring My Grandmother On Mother's Day

Mitchell McLean | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Mitchell McLean

When my grandmother was in her early 70s, her children and grandchildren quickly learned that something wasn't quite right. My grandfather had recently passed away and my grandmother was living alone in her house in Charlottetown. When we went to visit her, we were never sure if she would recognize us.

Foundation Culture Requires A Revamp To Achieve Best Operating Practices

David Rowen | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
David Rowen

The good work provided by the foundations and the people behind them in raising and distributing funds for worthy causes is indisputable, but what is alarming and unbeknownst to most, is that foundations are managing millions upon millions of dollars without proper oversight.

There's A Reason Running Culture Is Exploding Across Canada

Bonnie Doan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Bonnie Doan

Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Mothering Uganda's Generation Of Orphaned Grandchildren

Natalie Karneef | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Imagine a life where a saucepan is your most treasured resource. Where having access to a single a garden hoe can make a world of difference to your family's livelihood. Where that family consists of several orphaned grandchildren, many of whom are HIV positive. And you, an elderly grandmother, are their only hope for survival.

This Tax Season, Manage Your Donations Like Your Investment Portfolio

Bruce Dewar | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Dewar

By examining the actual return on investment of our charitable donations, we can better assess the tangible social impact of our donations. To do this, ask yourself, what social impact has my donation made? Or better yet, ask your charity of choice how the dollars you donated made a difference.

People Love Viral Giving Campaigns (But They Don't Donate)

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Not-for-profit organizations throughout North America that were awed by the viral success of the ALS Society's ice bucket fundraising challenge should think twice before using social media as a significant fundraising tool, says the University of Toronto's Nicola Lacetera.

Your Non-Profit's Public Relations Campaign Must Tell A Story

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Business
Todd Hauptman

Our world has some incredible non-profit organizations that are working to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. Unfortunately many of these organizations are not equipped to effectively articulate their story to the public, potential donors and supporters, thought leaders, and politicians.

Limits Are Nothing To This Senior Attempting The CN Tower Climb

WWF-Canada | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
WWF-Canada

When Julian Backhouse ascends the CN Tower in April, he'll send his wheelchair up the elevator and climb the 1,776 steps to the top. The 63-year-old grandfather of four from Mississauga, Ont., has Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects his physical strength and coordination.

Facing The Horror Of Child Soldiers

Shelly Whitman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Shelly Whitman

Some 31,000 women are currently pregnant inside the Islamic State. These children born out of conflict will form the future ranks of the group. School curriculum is being altered and reshaped to support extremism and strict adherence to the Islamic State's view of religion and philosophy. Children are desensitized to violence and trained for combat from an early age. This presents a complex, yet vitally important, challenge for any nations engaged with the Islamic State.

How Do Charitable Tax Credits Help?

Marina Glogovac | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

This desire to 'do good' without any financial reward might help explain why the number of Canadians taking advantage of charitable tax credits plummeted from 29.5 to 21.9 per cent from 1990 to 2013, and why under six million people claim the federal Charitable Donation Tax Credit each year despite the fact that about 24 million of us (about 85 per cent of Canadians) make an annual financial donation to charity.

8 Unexpected Ways You Can Save Money On Your Tax Return

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Even after mastering the basics of tax preparation and filing, a lot of filers will often find out new things about their tax returns that end up delivering a few more benefits along the way. I call these tax "aha!" moments.

Eradicating Poverty Will Require A Shift From Charity To Justice

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

As Martin Luther King Jr. saw it, to those living on the margins of our communities, acts of charity and compassion should be our very first response to meet the need. But then there is the next stage. What caused it? Who is responsible? How can we change things at their source so that acts of charity are not as required as those where we help those who begin to find their footing?

Teaching Charity On Family Day

Leigh and Meg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

We introduced the kids to the idea of charity by getting them to donate their time; they helped us sell Daffodils, which was a mere four hours, but the impact it had on them was profound. The kids also gained a greater understanding of how they can make a difference.

NFL Honors Nominees Remind Us Why Giving Back Matters

Edward Jackson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Edward Jackson

Forget Gates and Zuckerberg. These young philanthropists do things on the ground, using their celebrity and foundations to battle hunger and disease, and expand access to education and sports, among an array of social causes.

'No Hair Selfie' Shaves Heads In Solidarity With Those Facing Cancer

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you've ever known anyone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment, you already know how disheartening and dehumanizing it can be. The No Hair Selfie campaign seeks to show support to the people going through that battle with a little cleverness and a tiny smirk on the side.