Trends & Studies

Survey Says: CharityVillage unpacks findings from the 2010 CSGVP

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 26, 2012

The 2010 edition of the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating was released by Statistics Canada. Do you know which province leads the country in charitable giving? Which demographic cohort volunteers the most? What do the numbers mean?

Service clubs: An optimistic future?

Written By: Rachel Kalbfleisch
March 19, 2012

Over the years, service clubs have evolved into a significant source of funding for charities and other essential services, but today they're facing more challenges than ever.

More than child's play: Engaging youth in philanthropy

Written By: Benita Aalto
March 19, 2012

While the energy, connectivity (and media attention) a young activist can generate could be a boon to a nonprofit, the flip side is that many youth are equally content to be clicktivists, limiting their involvement to texting donations or "liking" a cause on Facebook. So how can your nonprofit work effectively with kids and youth? And should you even try?

The challenge of sustainable financing

Written By: David Venn
December 6, 2011

Of the four priorities for action identified at the recent National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector, priority theme two — more diverse and sustainable financing — had the highest number of attendees. At the core of this priority area for action is the question: How can individuals and organizations collaborate to secure sustainable financing for operations and growth?

Microgiving: Small acts lead to big successes

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 31, 2011

Can a few dollars produce significant impact? And by a few we mean very little. Because that's the idea behind microgiving, a relatively new approach to fundraising that asks multiple donors to cough up small amounts of cash to support a cause.

Funders support and seek out co-location models

Written By: Jodie Shupac
June 28, 2011

The current post-recession hangover has left the sector particularly vulnerable, causing funders to take a more active approach in seeking out innovative — and cost-cutting — collaborative setups.

New results from the 2011 International Gift Planning Survey

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 7, 2011

In October 2010, CharityVillage® and Give Green Canada jointly launched a survey to gather information about a subject in dire need of more data: bequest opportunities for the international charitable sector.

Demystifying mobile giving: How it works and can work for your nonprofit

Written By: Sumac Research
February 8, 2011

Is there some use for mobile giving for smaller organizations? This article cuts through the hype to see mobile giving for what it is: a unique tool with a great deal of potential.

Keep your donors and stakeholders close to you

Written By: John Suart
January 18, 2011

In nonprofit marketing, a great deal of the time and effort goes into finding new donors, volunteers and supporters, causing many nonprofits to ignore their existing stakeholders.

Mobile will change everything

Written By: John Suart
December 20, 2010

Mobile is the future of nonprofit marketing.

The giving (r)evolution

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 8, 2010

There's a palpable evolution that's affecting how we give, what we give, who gives and what we expect in return. It's a topic that will be addressed in an upcoming event on November 16th hosted by Social Venture Partners Toronto (SVP Toronto). Titled Toronto's Changing Face of Philanthropy, speakers will include Aditya Jha, Helen Burstyn and Salah Bachir.

The Giving (R)evolution

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 8, 2010

A profile of the event Toronto's Changing Face of Philanthropy.

Face Time: What's in it for you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 25, 2010

Street canvassing — along with other face-to-face canvassing that includes door-to-door and malls — can significantly increase a charity's roster of monthly donors. In other words, it's a vital component of their fundraising strategy.

Face Time: What's in it for you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 25, 2010

Walk the streets of any major Canadian city and you may start humming the My Fair Lady tune I've grown accustomed to your face. I'm talking about street canvassers, ubiquitous mainstays of our streets, particularly when the sun is out and our boots are still buried deep inside our closets. Chances are you've even walked by a canvasser today, with clipboard in hand, a smile on his face and a welcoming offer to chat.

New research shows dos and don’ts of fundraising

Written By: Sumac Research
September 27, 2010

What will inspire Canadian donors to give more in 2010 and what’s making them stop giving.

Business: The better way?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 28, 2010

A profile of Michael Edwards, author of Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World. Edwards argues against allowing philanthrocapitalism to become the main approach to changing society.

Philanthropic Trends Quarterly: What's in store for you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 14, 2010

It certainly is a complex time for fundraisers but thanks to KCI's latest edition of Philanthropic Trends Quarterly, they can gain valuable insight on the newest trends in philanthropy in pursuit of their next steps.

Uncertain times calls for certain measures: Charity fundraising in difficult times

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 22, 2010

A review of the Being Good at Doing Good: Safeguarding Yourself and Your Charity in a Complex World conference presented by the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP).

Fundraising check-up: Taking the pulse of the charitable sector

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
February 22, 2010

Wanting to check the pulse of our fierce, battle-weary, yet ever-energetic fundraisers, we brought a few together and asked: How are you faring going into 2010?

Mobile giving: The Haiti cataclysm

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
February 8, 2010

When the Haiti earthquake struck, Canadians wanted to support aid programs. And for the first time, in record numbers, they did it through their mobile devices.