Canada Philanthropy

Return To Ethiopia: In Honour Of Fierce Women

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Amanda Burgess

My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.

Women In Trades Could Close Canada's Labour Shortage

Bruce Dewar | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Dewar

The reality is, we face major labour shortages in trades in Canada. Between 2014 and 2020, we can expect 219,000 construction industry employees to retire. And in cases like Fort McMurray, the wildfires both decimate local economy and create a huge need for skilled trades to help rebuild the community.

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.

The Power Of Female Leaders: Q&A With Jamilah Taib Murray

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Jamilah Taib Murray founded Sakto Corporation, one of Ottawa's foremost property development and management companies. She is a long-time philanthropist with a particular dedication to fostering education for women and children, and female empowerment through promoting participation and leadership skills building

Meet Social Media Influencer Sean Gardner

Lina Duque | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Sean is a social media producer for a credit union by day and a keynote speaker, author and social media influencer around the clock. With high-calibre international speaking gigs under his belt, including the World Communication Forum-produced Davos Summit, Sean is a bona fide influencer.

Riding Through A Haiti Slum Exposed Our Society's Casual Greed

Chris Taylor | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

We rolled on through Port-au-Prince, encountering pockets of garbage and smoke and poverty so extreme it seemed to punch you right in the face. Our SUV's tinted windows were rolled up tight, since my children might "look like money" to those in the encampments, our driver advised. At that moment, tweets about the Met Gala were rolling in.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching Civic Duty At A Young Age Can Make A Real Difference

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

From a very young age, my parents taught my siblings and I, through instruction and example, that doing even a little can lead to a lot. But what initially felt like a pointless, mind-numbing activity became a valuable exercise in developing understanding and empathy.

Our Unexpected Pick For Best Fundraiser Of The Year

Bob Ramsay | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada
Bob Ramsay

It wasn't a gala. It didn't happen in tony Toronto. It involved just 16 people, among them one woman. It took place in a suburban strip-mall. The even...

For The Man Who Hated Christmas

Giving101 | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Giving101

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- overspending...Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Industry Insights From A 7 Year Old

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

As the end of the year comes to a close, industry leaders are already preparing for what's next and refining their 2016 strategies to stay on top of the market. With baby boomers retiring and millennials being the most studied generation to date, market leaders can gain insight from the next generation, Generation Z.

Responding To Negative News: Spread Light, Be A Changemaker

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.

Is Crowdfunding Charities' Friend Or Foe?

Marina Glogovac | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

In the last few years, crowdfunding has become a huge force to raise money for a variety of causes globally. Crowdfunding, embraced particularly by younger generations, appears to have an influential future as a fundraising strategy for millennials, who have grown up in the peer-to-peer vs. top-down influence framework.

Donors Need To Empower Charities To Get Out Of The 1980s

Bruce Dewar | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Bruce Dewar

Unfortunately, it remains part of Canada's culture of philanthropy to think charities should spend all their money directly on programs and that "administrative" spending is wrong and should be discouraged. There's a double standard, with different expectations of businesses than of charities when it comes to investing internally.

This Woman Wants to Shake Up the Male-Dominated Trades Industry

Kristen Marano | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Business
Kristen Marano

At an increasingly vocal time to achieve gender equality in business, Mandy Rennehan is an inspiring leader to follow. Rennehan, 39, is the founder and CEO of Freshco, the first full-service, on-call retail maintenance provider in Canada and the Eastern United States, servicing clients like Apple, Nike and Restoration Hardware. Rennehan recently ranked 25 of 100 Canadian top female entrepreneurs.

We Must Do More to Support Canadian Artists

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Artists make our world a colourful and interesting place. Innately curious and inquisitive, artists create beautiful, dramatic, thoughtful forms of art that please and engage the human eye and ear, or get us to think. As a nation, we do not support them enough.

Charity Is On The Rise In Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - A new poll says charitable giving by Canadians remains on the rise and is expected to increase yet again next year.The poll, produced for th...

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

Billie Carn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Carn

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In...

Are The Homeless Even People?

Jagneet Singh | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Jagneet Singh

Truth is, that wasn't normal by any means. As a society, our relationship with homeless people is simple; either you drop a coin or walk by. It's impossible to connect with people as people because we let ourselves get divided only by borders, but also by our occupations, social status, and other arbitrary self-imposed barriers.

Why Competition Holds Entrepreneurs Back

Kim Smiley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Kim Smiley

We tend to be so hung up on rising to the top that we fail to realize that being overly competitive can actually push us down. True greatness comes to those who elevate others; who lift them up without regard to where it will place them in the hierarchy of the marketplace of life.

Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Worth It

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Charlotte Ottaway

The fact is there will always be people who need help. There will always be critics who seek to divert attention to a "more worthy" cause. But the bigger picture here is a vast community is coming together to raise awareness and drive change. Thanks to the help of social media, people of all ages, professions and life circumstances are donating.

Spare Change: 5 Lottery Winners Who Made A Difference With Their Money

Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living

Let’s be honest; there’s enough bad news in the world today. So why not balance out all that negativity with some real-life, feel-good stories abo...