Giving to Charity

Why Philanthropy is the Best Medicine

Kim Smiley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Kim Smiley

I know several philanthropists who will only fund the projects that no one else will touch. Give me the most stigmatized cause, the most complex client group! What does this teach us about life? The nobility of standing in solidarity with the marginalized.

The Spirit Of Giving Surrounded By The Gift Of Sharing

Andy Kim | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Music
Andy Kim

Why am I so uncomfortable with the word "charity"? Yet I use the word to symbolize a thought or feeling. I feel more charitable or less charitable today. Maybe it's because I feel the word demeans the intent. But, nonetheless this year I am producing my 9th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show for "Charity."

Canadians Are Generous, But Where to Give Your Money?

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Figures reported by Statistics Canada suggest that our citizens are among the world's most generous. Canadians have been donating approximately eight-billion dollars or more every year since 2007. As individuals get older, they may begin thinking in terms of the wealth that they have accumulated and what can safely be spared, identifying a charity believed to be worthy of sharing in their assets.

Give To Your Partner And Others On Valentine's Day

2 For Couples | Kate Drummond | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada Impact

Why not include some giving-back into your gift-giving this Valentine's Day? Knowing that your expression of affection can help those in need will...

Behind the Headlines: Resolutions Can Mean a Little Bit More

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We're two days in -- how many New Year's resolutions have you already snapped in two? At the start of our calendar year there's a lot of pressure to "be a better person," which usually means "look like a better person." We propose an alternative that is scientifically proven to make you better: resolve to make the world a better place. Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.

In 2013 Don't Make a Resolution, Leave a Legacy

Dave Toycen | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Dave Toycen

There's something families can do together to start 2013 on the right foot. It's a New Year's "tithe." The concept of tithing, the setting aside of one-tenth of our earnings for a purpose other than our own use, is thousands of years old. This January, instead of a list of resolutions that you may not keep, why not consider a New Year's legacy?

This Christmas We Were Given the Gift of a Child

Kathryne Grisim | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Kathryne Grisim

This Christmas was to have been extra special for us with the birth of our first grandchild last April. He/she would have been eight months old. I was with my son and his wife when the baby was lost to us all. But we got the news last week that our World Vision foster child who's name is Ankita. And so this Christmas, we have been given the gift of a child.

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.

Why I'm Not Giving Presents This Christmas

Kara MacNeill | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Kara MacNeill

About five years ago, I really did start saying 'NO' to knick-knacks -- not only getting them, but giving them as well. That was the Christmas I discovered World Vision Gifts. They loved the goats, clothing and medical supplies which were donated on their behalf to needy families overseas. I won't be giving things for Christmas -- I'll be giving hope.

Three Canadian Celebs Give the Greatest Gift

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

In the Christmas story, three wise men journeyed over great distances to bring gifts to a child. Meet three caring Canadian celebrities -- Colin Mochrie, Rick Campanelli and Tyler Medeiros -- who have dropped everything to travel overseas with World Vision Canada, using their fame to bring hope to millions of children around the world.

Turns Out Empathy is Contagious

Liza Finlay | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Liza Finlay

Empathy is part of our anatomy. It's just that, like a muscle, it needs to be flexed. What this means is that we are wired for compassion, for caring, for connection. As children scratch out long holiday wish lists, parents have an unparalleled opportunity for empathy training. This time of year provides tremendous teaching moments. Here are a few:

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?

Giving Two Ways this Holiday Season

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

A poll for World Vision Canada indicates that 63 per cent of Canadians plan on giving to charity this holiday season. But many also want to buy gifts for loved ones. Learn how you can do both at the same time -- even with limited funds. This tough global economy is one of the reasons why so many children around the world need help this holiday season.

Holiday Shoebox Drive: Helping Those in Need

Caroline Mulroney Lapham | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Caroline Mulroney Lapham

Driving home from dinner last fall, my sister-in-law Jessica told me about her mother's holiday shoebox drive. For many years, Veronica has been asking her friends in Montreal to fill a shoebox with small gift items, which she collects and delivers to a women's shelter. Jessica wanted to do the same thing in Toronto for the Red Door Family Shelter and I immediately offered to get involved.

How a Journey to Mali Changed the Way I Give to Charity

Sydney Loney | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Impact
Sydney Loney

As a city-dwelling lifestyle journalist, I tend to write about high-end spa treatments and the like. So when my editor at Chatelaine asked if I knew anyone who would travel to Mali in West Africa to write about the food crisis there, I was as surprised as she was to hear the words "I'll go." My time there changed the way I think about charitable giving. Mali is plagued with misfortune and desperately needs our help.