Canada Philanthropy

We Must Do More to Support Canadian Artists

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.16.2014 | 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 11.14.2014 | 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 Kell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Kell

"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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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...

Mending the Capitalist Model

Diane Francis | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The reality is that capitalism and globalization have given Western consumers cheap goods and helped emerging economies grow, but that's usually done through the exploitation of workers and the environment. But Oliver Niedermaier has come up with a "capitalist solution for a capitalist failure."

How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Dr. Shimi Kang

Family holidays can provide great learning opportunities for children, all without a book or classroom insight! Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid's valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons...sometimes without them even knowing it.

Responsible Wealth: 10 Ways You Can Use Your Lottery Winnings To Improve The World

Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living

Let’s say you hit the jackpot — we’re talking about the $50-million range here — what do you do next? Your first moves are predictable: settle...

Smart Philanthropy: Big Hearts Should Have Big Impact

Craig Kielburger | Posted 05.18.2014 | 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.