Fundraising

How a Young Humanitarian Is Leaving a Legacy of Clean Water

World Vision | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

One year ago this week, Alex Foto, a young woman who was helping change the world, was killed in a tragic accident while riding her bike. But this weekend, Alex's work will continue on through a dream she had: to hold a Canada-wide fundraiser to provide people around the world with clean water.

Workplace Giving and the Reward of Giving Back

WWF-Canada | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Spring Things is WWF-Canada's workplace fundraising campaign -- where CEOs and employees alike endure a freezing plunge and a towering climb to raise much needed funds for WWF-Canada's conservation work.

It Takes More Than Money To Change The World

Hannah Alper | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

The mission of #JustGive, to inspire the idea that giving can be simple, spontaneous and contagious, is something that I am really passionate about. Here are my top five fun, easy and totally free ideas that we can all incorporate into our daily lives that will have a "pay it forward" effect on our community.

How Cancer Changed My Plans for Motherhood

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

Because my cancer was hormone-sensitive, I need to take a drug called Tamoxifen that is proven to reduce the risk of the cancer returning and possibly spreading to another part of my body. The newest recommendation is to stay on this drug for 10 years. Great news, right? A drug that could actually help keep me alive. I am lucky to have that option. Unfortunately, hormonal therapy for cancer comes with a whack of side effects. The biggest one for me is that I've been told not to get pregnant while taking it, due to its potential to cause birth defects.

5 Inspired Ideas for Raising Funds for Earthquake Relief in Nepal

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When the first earthquake rocked Nepal, millions of Canadians were heartbroken by what they witnessed on their screens. It seemed nearly impossible to believe that such a poor, tiny, gentle country could sustain such cruel loss of life and livelihood.

How One Woman Escaped Forced Marriage and Thrived

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Katie Zeppieri

At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts. Nasreen is an outlier in her community. Typically, most Nepali girls marry between the ages of 15 and 18. The pressure to have a married daughter began to increase with each year Nasreen remained single however, and in 2014, Nasreen's parents decided that they had to take action. For Nasreen, this arranged marriage would have meant the end of Local Women's Handicrafts.

Awesome Sh*t Club Is Giving Away Money As Long As You Have A Great Idea

Kris Constable | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

People would pitch us whatever awesome thing they would do with money. Whoever won, would get the entire pot of cash, no strings attached. Awesome Shit Club was born. I thought that since our beer consumption encouraged the name and concept that the event would die or at least stay underground, but it's had the opposite effect.

When it Comes to Brain Tumours, There Is Strength in Numbers

Marianne Lee | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Marianne Lee

When it comes to fighting brain tumours, having a strong and supportive team is the greatest weapon. I've been a social worker on the neurosurgery floor of a hospital for over 26 years. As one of the first people to have contact with a newly diagnosed brain tumour patient, I can attest that a strong network, a resilient team, is one of the greatest assets a patient, and their families, can equip themselves with as they begin this new chapter of their lives.

Ovarian Cancer Doesn't Have To Be a Death Sentence

Erica Berman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

After a bout of severe vomiting following a few bites of food, she went to the ER and refused to leave until she got answers. She knew in her heart something was seriously wrong. After a series of tests, a gynaecologist arrived to break the news. It was indeed ovarian cancer. In fact, a tumour the size of a grapefruit was removed from her body.

Behind the Headlines: Meet the Changemakers Who Raised 140,000,000 Pennies

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Toppled piggy banks lay discarded on dressers. Couch cushions litter living room floors, the remains of an archaeological expedition for loose change. Cup holders in family cars across the country are missing coffee money. Youth across Canada have been busy collecting coins, especially pennies, and creating change.

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.

One Million Moms for Gun Control Gets Vital Help From Vancouver Company

John F. Gray | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

One Million Moms for Gun Control was created in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and helping them raise crucial funds is a Vancouver innovation. The word is spreading quickly, and not surprisingly social media playing a key role in raising awareness. Awareness is good, but funding is vital sustenance.

MOfficials Put Prostate Cancer In The Penalty Box

Heather Magee | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I sat down with Justin Hull, participating Mo Bro and founding member of the MOfficials, to discuss his team's involvement. The group is comprised of linesmen and referees from the Western Hockey League who have joined forces in an effort to raise $47,700. Their goal matches the number of Canadian men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and 2012.

Forget Door-to-Door, Digital Fundraising is All the Rage

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Impact
Neil Parmar

Back-to-school season often means the return of door-to-door fundraisers hawking boxes of cookies, chocolates and other goods that have fuelled a $1.4-billion cottage industry. But executives behind Better the World, a for-profit social enterprise based in Toronto, hope to flip how Canadians give to charitable causes.

Do We Need Charities When Fundraising Is So Easy?

Josh Bowman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

Charities today are actively looking for innovative ways to connect people to their causes. What is interesting is how much innovation is coming from outside the traditional charitable sector. We are learning that if a cause or a project matters to people, they want to be a part of it even if it is not connected to a known charity.

The Love of a Mother Can Move Mountains: My Interview With Dana Florence (VIDEO)

Shannon Skinner | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg When Dana Florence gave birth to triplets on January 1, 2008, life changed -- dramatically. The triplets were born 15 weeks premature and the fight for their lives began, enduring many procedures and surgeries to keep them alive.

Food for Thought About Breast Cancer

Diane Gordon | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Living
Diane Gordon

Wednesday, the Huffington Post picked up a blog post by Meghan Telpner, which described her impressions of the PinkNic. I'd like to correct some inaccuracies and share some information about the event and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The CBCF is the leading community-driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Since our inception, we have invested some $274 million in our cause. We know much work remains to be done.

Hosting A Charity Party With Chef Lynn Crawford's Tips

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Style

During the summer, it feels like there's a party around every corner, whether it's a friend's birthday or an impromptu park gathering that turns into ...

We Don't Want No Foreign Funding

Blake Bromley | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada
Blake Bromley

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has told Canadians: "Free your pennies from their prisons at home and donate them to charity." However, he does not want you to liberate American pennies from the prisons in your home by donating them to charity.

Pondering the "Layton Effect"

Gerry Nicholls | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Gerry Nicholls

Jack Layton will be remembered more as a myth than as a man. What does this mean in practical political terms? Well, nothing gets donors reaching for their wallets faster than plucking their heart strings.

Girls for the Cure

Andrea Paine | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

If you put your mind to it, you can do anything and overcome any hardship. A positive attitude will enhance your life and surround you with the people who will ultimately not only be a positive influence in your life, but true supporters. As individuals we are the key to our success.

Why My Daughters Go to Private School, Even Though I Can't Afford it -- Part 1

Noel Ocol | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada
Noel Ocol

I have fundraised, borrowed money, volunteered time and made numerous sacrifices over the past seven years to send my daughters to private school and I suspect that I will continue to do so over the next 10 years. So why do I do it? Very simply, I value the character formation of my daughters.