Philanthropy

Smart Philanthropy: Big Hearts Should Have Big Impact

Craig Kielburger | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig Kielburger

It's difficult to criticize philanthropy. The desire to give back should never be put down. However, it seems to us that some philanthropists do not always take the same thoughtful, researched approach to giving that they do to their stock market portfolio.

LOOK: Vancouver's Young And Successful Give Back

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Surrounded by the philanthropic legacy of her mother Jacqui Cohen while growing up, it's no surprise that Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, heir to the Army ...

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.

This December, We Can all Give Dignity and Hope to Others

Lucy Miller | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

As we go into December, I wanted to spend a little time stepping back and thinking about what happens in December and to encourage anyone who reads this to take this opportunity to be "present" in your giving. I will start with why I give.

Giving to Others Is a Gift to Yourself

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Betty Ann Heggie

Giving detaches us from our obsessive thinking about ourselves. It breaks down loneliness by creating a human connection. Giving and happiness feed one another -- both are intertwined. Giving to others is a gift to yourself.

Right To Play National Inspirational Speaker Series

Martin Parnell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

As we visited school after school, Basil would introduce us to teachers he had taught. The schools were mostly in Charlottetown and we had a couple of country schools as well. The group size ranged from 50 to 450 and grades 3 to 9.

TransRockies Quest 888: The End

Martin Parnell | Posted 12.18.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

At 11.05am on Monday October 14th, I was sitting on a sandstone ledge, enjoying the desert views on Getaway Trail, just outside of Moab, Utah. I had just completed 18 kms on Stage three of the TransRockies Moab Rocks mountain bike race. More significantly, I had hit the 888 kms target I had set for Quest #8, TransRockies Quest 888.

TransRockies Heli-Run

Martin Parnell | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

One of my favourite shows this summer has been Bear Grylls "Get Out Alive". Bear is a British adventurer, ex SAS member and youngest ever Chief Scout. In "Get Out Alive", Bear took ten teams of two to New Zealand. There, they had to endure many physical and mental tests, including being dropped into a freezing lake from a helicopter, crossing a gorge on a rope, traversing a glacier full of crevasses, building a raft and riding it down a raging river. The winning team collected $500,000.

Cochrane Classic Car Show and Shine, and Right to Play

Martin Parnell | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

As a young man, one of my greatest pleasures was hitting a winding road in a two-seater, open-top sports car. On Sunday September 15th., I volunteered at the Cochrane Classic Car Show and Shine and, seeing some of the wonderful vehicles which took part, certainly took me back to the days of my youth. Ken Hutchinson, President of the Cochrane Classic Car Group, asked if I could get some volunteers, who regularly represent Right To Play to help out.

Quests for Kids: Mile-High City and High Levels of Pain at TransRockies Run

Martin Parnell | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

On August 12th I was flying into Denver and still feeling the effects of the four-day Transrockies Challenge. I had got pretty beaten up, riding my mountain bike, navigating trail sections between Blairmore and Canmore. It had been just over a week since it was completed and the cuts and bruises were starting to heal.

TransRockies Gran Fondo

Martin Parnell | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

So far, in TransRockies Quest 888, I have completed three events, the Skirt chaser 5km, the Fernie 80km Trail Ultra and the Kananaskis3 three day 76km Trail Ultra. On Saturday July 13th, it was a change of pace, The TransRockies Gran Fondo. Firstly, a little bit of background on what a Gran Fondo entails. These races are mass-participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America.

Bear Foot Running

Martin Parnell | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

Kananaskis3 was event number four in my TransRockies Quest 888. The original plan was to run three events over three days in the Powderface / Little Elbow area of Kananaskis just outside Bragg Creek. Unfortunately, the Alberta floods put an end to that. Bragg Creek had been hit hard, the bridge on Highway 66 had been destroyed and many of the trails had been wiped out.

Quests for Kids: Eat Pray Run

Martin Parnell | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

TransRockies Quest 888 is number 8 in my "Quests for Kids" initiative. My objective is to complete 888 race kms over 10 events from May to October and raise $25,000 for Right To Play. It's been a rocky start. The first event, in May, was the Skirt Chaser 5km. More people wanted to talk about the race name than the fact that 120 women and 40 men were actually doing something to keep fit. Event 2 was Rundle's Revenge, planned for June 22nd and 23rd. This trail run / mountain bike challenge was to be held at the Canmore Nordic Centre. However, the Alberta floods put an end to that. Up until this weekend I had completed 5 kms and had 883 kms to go.

Quests for Kids Round 8: Back in the Saddle

Martin Parnell | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

It was a simple plan. I would have my very first mountain bike lesson on Tuesday and then, on Friday, head up to the Canmore Nordic Centre to sign in for Rundles Revenge. There would be a 25km mountain bike race on the Saturday and a 50km trail run on the Sunday.

What We Can Learn From Philanthropist Salah Bachir

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

Salah Bachir is a shining example of what one person can do. He started humbly, with a commitment to social justice causes. Although it might appear that money is at the root of successful giving, I'd suggest that each of us has many ways we can give.

F*** Cancer: Life Lessons From My Mother

Julie Greenbaum | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Greenbaum

The memories of my mother are not of a cancer victim, they are not of a shaved head, or intravenous tubes, or a frail body. They are her wonderful spirit, her brave beautiful smile, and a loving acceptance of life that was contagious with everyone she touched. My mother didn't just talk the talk, she walked the walk.

How to Run Your Non-Profit Like a Business

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada
Jeffrey Bernstein

The non-profit organization, just like the technology start-up with a disruptive, yet unproven, new innovation, must sell its vision as much as its financial model and its metrics for measuring impact. But by reducing organizational survival to a simple sales-pitch ignores the fundamental truth that not all organizations are created equally.

In Alberta, We're Ready and Eager to Tackle Child Poverty

Lucy Miller | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

To what extent might child poverty hamper our collective future? This question is on my mind because earlier this month, the Conference Board of Canada put out a report card that gave Canada a very poor ranking on child poverty.

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.

New Year Inspiration: Fort McMurray Philanthropist Is 11-Years-Old

Theresa Wells | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

For me 2012 was a very special year, and 2013 promises to be even better - because this past year a very special young man brought his hopes and dreams into my life, and they are ones that are just beginning to fully be realized.

Star Power: Nelly Furtado Is More Than a Role Model

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When we asked Grammy-winning Canadian singer Nelly Furtado to travel with us to Kenya a few years back, we had no idea it would lead to an amazing friendship. Now an ambassador for Free The Children, she launched a matching fund to support the construction of a new all girls' high school in rural Kenya.

It's National Philanthropy Day, Canada!

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Impact

A day to recognize the philanthropic achievements of volunteers, fundraisers, charities and organizations? How Canadian. And now, it's official: C...

Tapping The Private Sector For Social Programs

CBC | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Impact

The federal government is on the right track when it comes to tapping private companies and non-profits to help run social programs, says a leading Ca...

Star Power: OneRepublic is Living the Good Life

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

OneRepublic, the pop-rock quintet from Denver, Colorado, has been together since 2002, since they were in high school, or in the band's words, "since forever." They finish each other's sentences like siblings and cite each other as role models. We caught up with Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle at We Day Vancouver last month.

The New Philanthropy Requires Imagination

Philippe Santerre | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Impact
Philippe Santerre

For many, the word itself is precious, off-putting, out-of-date. "Philanthropy." What is it about? It conjures up the image of an old aristocrat, living amongst dusty paintings, classic sculptures and Louis XIV-period furniture. These days however, across the world, philanthropy finds itself at the heart of a young, technological and urban revolution.