Trends & Studies

Global slump. Grantmaking challenges.

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 26, 2009

For a voluntary sector struggling to keep its head above water in the best of times, news of the economic climate continues to ripple through the nation, causing concern to charities, donors, and the much-relied-upon foundations that grant monies to those most in need.

CSGVP 2007: Results and highlights

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 15, 2009

Based on data collected in 2007, this survey - the fourth in a series of surveys that began in 1997 with the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) - presented some intriguing statistics regarding how Canadians give of their time and money.

Humber Initiative on Philanthropy: Moving fundraising forward

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 25, 2009

On May 13th, a group of professional fundraisers descended upon the Lakeshore Campus of Toronto's Humber College for the inaugural Humber Initiative on Philanthropy.

Rolling the dice on charity lotteries

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 23, 2009

With the worldwide recession in full swing, is the charity lottery still a sure bet when donors are watching their dollars more than ever? Perhaps more importantly, is it still ethical to continue using them? According to some, the recession has actually increased participation in lotteries.

Fundraising fundamentals for the economic downturn

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 26, 2009

How is a fundraiser to stay optimistic on the job with such negative press, and a collectively depressed North American community that seems positioned to tighten its purse strings? Some leading fundraising experts urge calm.

Fundraising Q&A: Does the recession call for a bucket or an umbrella?

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
January 26, 2009

This article is about the 2009 recession and how fundraisers can weather the storm including through good stewardship practices and a major gifts program.

Donor recognition in the economic meltdown age

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 8, 2008

In the best of times, many nonprofits struggle with donor acquisition, retention, and, worst of all, lapsed donors. Now, with the North American financial markets imploding from the sub-prime mortgage fallout in the US, experts predict that voluntary sector organizations will need to refocus on the communication that truly reaches their donor populace: sincere acknowledgment based on donor-centred principles.

Fundraising in a flat world

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
August 11, 2008

Thomas Friedman, in his book The World is Flat, discusses the incredible impact globalization has had on our lives and the way we work. But what about its effect on philanthropy and fundraising?

Online fundraising: The new tools that will change the face of philanthropy

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
February 11, 2008

An outline of several companies who help nonprofits with online giving.

In god we trust...and give

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 16, 2007

When Professor Ida Berger of Ryerson University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies published a study in Voluntas last summer, the nonprofit sector received some additional discourse for their boardroom tables. The report, The Influence of Religion on Philanthropy in Canada, compared and contrasted the philanthropic behaviours of Canadians across religious groups.

Why do we give?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 11, 2006

According to recent Ipsos Reid statistics, around 80% of Canadians give to charity every year. That means close to 25 million of us make some sort of philanthropic gesture per annum. It’s an incredible stat.

State of the Arts Nation: Philanthropy in Canada's cultural community

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 11, 2006

How often does the average Canadian reach into her pocket and make a donation to a favourite arts organization? How are arts organizations expected to thrive when faced with a highly competitive and saturated funding pool and ever-diminishing public funds?

Charitable gaming ethics and issues

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
August 28, 2006

While most people can enjoy gaming responsibly, there is mounting evidence and concern that the activity is impacting Canadian society in harmful ways. Ironic then that many charitable organizations rely on gambling revenue for their causes.

Through donors' eyes: What donors would like nonprofit organizations to know

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
July 31, 2006

We check in with four donors from different parts of the country to find out what motivates them to give and what advice they can offer to help nonprofits be strategic in their ask.

Highlights from the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 12, 2006

Statistics Canada just revealed the results of a survey conducted in 2004, providing a comprehensive overview of how Canadians support their communities. And according to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP), there's some good news - and some not so good news.

Paper Promise: Direct mail still holding its own in the electronic age

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 17, 2006

Direct mail, in all its varied and colourful incarnations, continues to fill our mail slots, drop to awaiting floors, and give our mail carriers backaches. Yes, in this electronic age, direct mail is holding its own.

Don't call me, I'll call you: Implications of a national do-not-call registry

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 18, 2005

Last year, the federal government decided it was finally time to curb the number of unwelcomed phone calls the public receives. Feeling the time was ripe for legislative restraint of telemarketers, Bill C-37 proposed the establishment of a National Do Not Call Registry.

Rural roots: Making the case for small-town philanthropy

Written By: Nicole Zummach
November 29, 2004

The Rural Charitable Sector Research Initiative (RCSRI), launched in 2003, is working to better understand the issues and trends affecting the rural voluntary sector in Ontario and beyond.

True caring in action

Written By: Pat Kahnert
May 3, 2004

Here some responses to a survey I once did in search of things people want and need to overcome in order to make the most of their community relationship-building efforts.

The new black millionaires and black philanthropy in the 21st century

Written By: Lisa Y. Sullivan
January 28, 2002

Over the last 30 years, black America has experienced phenomenal growth in both its business leadership class and its actual number of millionaires. These self-employed entrepreneurs and corporate executives have come to be defined by what is now acknowledged as the "New Black Power."