Rethinking equity: The changing role of funders in philanthropy

Philanthropic organizations have long been working to address social inequality in Canada, focusing on issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, and homelessness. But today, they are grappling with another critical notion: equity. “I don’t think inequality will ever vanish, but equity...

World Vision Canada Social Innovation Challenge creates long-term global impact

There’s a proverb in the Philippines that says: while the blanket is short, learn to bend. The saying teaches its listeners to make use of what they have. Such is the case with World Vision Canada. Founded in 1957 and...

CharityVillage celebrates GivingTuesday 2018 with staff #unselfie photos

What is GivingTuesday? Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday...but GivingTuesday will be celebrated on November 27, 2018. It is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of...

The 30-Year Giving Itch: New report shines a long light on Canada’s philanthropic trends

More than just scratching at the surface of the “giving economy” in Canada, a new report by the nonprofit sector’s primary advocacy agency may just be the most comprehensive longitudinal study ever in Canadian charity sector history – and many...

Looking toward the future: Building on the legacy from Canada 150

One of the hallmarks of Canada’s centennial celebration was the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal. After the centennial year ended, the Expo site was repurposed and continues to be used in a variety of ways — from the...

Are you a strategic or a sporadic philanthropist?

The last quarter of the year is when most charities ramp up their appeals for donations and we all start thinking about making our charitable donations, primarily to ensure we get our receipts before the end of the year to...

How Canada’s philanthropic sector is engaged in Reconciliation

After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its final report in 2015, all sectors of Canadian society began asking themselves what came next, in how to redress past wrongs and how to create a more reconciled future in which Canada’s...

CharityVillage celebrates 2017 #GivingTuesdayCA with an #unselfie challenge

What is GivingTuesday? Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday...but GivingTuesday will be celebrated on November 28, 2017. It is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of...

Fighting the impulse to despair: How the current political climate impacts volunteer engagement

Every generation has its challenges and every era comes with its own brand of social upheaval. For many Canadians, contemplating the current state of economic, political and societal shifts can cause a certain amount of panic, or at the very...

Give the gift of capacity

The holiday season is a critical time for charities and not-for-profits. According to Imagine Canada, we receive almost 40% of our funding between now and the end of December. This is the time that our fundraising machines kick into action...