Foundations: The inside scoop

If you're tasked with writing grant proposals, you've probably spent some time wondering what goes on behind the scenes at the foundations to which you apply so assiduously. Wouldn't it be nice to get an insider's look at the decision-makers...

Me and my corporation: A tale of interest and impact

You may have noticed the facelift Coke underwent this holiday season. For the first time ever, Coca-Cola changed the colour of its cans, from red to white. The exceptional transformation stems from a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund —...

Small town, big festival

This summer we've been looking at how cultural nonprofit organizations are running arts festivals across the country. In June, we spoke with the organizers of Toronto's Luminato festival about their strategic partnership with The New Yorker magazine. In July, the...

Furthering the arts with strategic partnerships: Luminato and The New Yorker magazine

Summer's here, and as the song says, the time is right for dancing in the streets. It's also right for just about every other type of creative endeavour, and that's because the arts-festival season is kicking into high gear. This...

Ten keys to working with corporations – without selling your soul

The idea of seeking corporate support for your nonprofit sometimes incites a crisis of confidence or a crisis of conscience. "Nonprofits often don't approach corporations because they're afraid they can't. Or they worry that if they do get the support,...

Benefits to corporate donors: Some musings

On a recent trip to New York City, my wife and I visited the Tenement Museum on Manhattan's Lower East Side. While the museum itself is fascinating, a sign at the admissions area was intriguing from a charity law perspective....

Business: The better way?

There's a bandwagon upon which many are jumping in the sector thanks to an ever growing belief that the market and all its magical accoutrements can unequivocally help organizations meet their diverse social challenges. This belief says that business can...

Fundraising Q&A: Creating a corporate giving strategy

I'm the executive director of a charity in a small city of about 65,000 people. How do I get local and national businesses to make donations? Unfortunately, what you are asking is often easier said than done. While it's important...

The emerging importance of social finance in today’s society

In today’s business world, whether it be a nonprofit or a for-profit organization, there is an abundance of new ways for people to run their organization. There are people that see the need to maximize profit at all cost as...

Charity-business partnerships: You’ve got a (wealthy) friend

What's a charity to do when offered the chance at tremendous funds and resources to promote its cause? And what's a good corporate social citizen to do when presented with the opportunity to link its business with a respected charitable...