Fundraising

We Must Go Further To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

After being shamed into action by media report and letter writing campaigns, the Ontario Liberals have finally introduced an election financing reform bill. Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough. The changes move the dial in the right direction -- by banning corporate and union donations, for example. But privileged hands can still find their way into the cookie jar. Quebec may have the solution to this problem.

The Death Of Political Fundraising In Ontario (And My Social Life)

Peter Landry | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The Ontario Liberal government has introduced legislation that will ban corporate, union and association political contributions and impose lower limits on those made by individuals. I am agnostic about this fundraising issue. In many ways, Ontario's current system works. All donations are made public. There are limits to how much each organization can give. Lobby rules require advocates to disclose their activities on a public registry. It is far less underground than people think.

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.

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.

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.

It's Time To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

Mike Schreiner | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The status quo parties at Queen's Park have laser-sharp focus when it comes to attacks on each other's fundraising practices. The accusations they are throwing around ask who is selling access to whom. The truth: none of the three parties at Queen's Park have a clean record on donations. I support calls for inquiries into past practices and committees to consult the public, but I don't want these efforts to delay passing legislation to transform the system. Fixes should be in place before the 2018 provincial election. We need transformational change now to get the stink out of Queen's Park.

Stop Downplaying The Underfunding Of B.C. Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Dear Mike Bernier: If you truly believe there are no funding issues in our public schools, then I assume you think it is the job of parents and PACs to raise upwards of $30,000 a year to supply basic necessities for their children's school. Do you think that giving students in B.C. $1,000 less than the national average will offer them the best opportunities in their education?

6 Tips to Help You Source Start-Up Financing

Pat McNamara | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Business
Pat McNamara

If you are one of those start-ups be prepared for a rigorous process. If you are competing for funding from an angel investor group or in a business competition you are going to have to go through a lot of hoops. Don't despair, this will actually help you prepare for running the business itself.

I Never Thought I'd Lose My Husband to Cancer This Soon

Carrie Campbell | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Carrie Campbell

Six weeks ago, when I thought about the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, it had not even occurred to me that my husband wouldn't be waiting for us at the finish line. He was fighting so hard to conquer his very aggressive lymphoma and by all accounts it seemed he was at least in partial remission.

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 05.15.2016 | 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.