Mobile: The next tech game-changer

Written By: JP Holecka
May 3, 2012

It's predicted that by 2014, mobile will be the preferred way of accessing the internet. Is your organization prepared for the shift to mobile browsing? Check out these tips for success.

Why didn’t we think of that? Five innovative ideas for social change

Written By: Benita Aalto
April 30, 2012

Joggers who visit shut-ins. Helpful Harry Potter fans. An award that celebrates failure. These are just a few examples of innovative ideas for social change from across the country and around the world. What can your organization (whether muggle or magical) learn from them?

Foundations: The inside scoop

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 2, 2012

One of our readers recently asked us "What actually happens to a grant proposal once it's submitted to a foundation?" We went right to the source and spoke with three funders who gave us a crash course in foundation fundamentals.

Charity strikes a chord with Canadian musicians

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 26, 2012

The JUNO Awards, hosted this year by William Shatner, are set to air on Sunday, April 1, 2012. As artists and fans prepare for the annual celebration, we thought it might be fun to explore how some Canadian musicians are giving back.

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?

Fundraising Q&A: Donor recognition and stewardship

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
March 26, 2012

Each month, Cynthia J. Armour offers expert advice and feedback about the fundraising issues and challenges facing nonprofits. This month she discusses how to thank and steward your donors.

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?

Nothing's certain but death and taxes: A brief guide to planned giving programs

Written By: Benita Aalto
February 27, 2012

Is a planned giving program the right choice for your organization? This articles addresses common planned giving myths, including that legacy programs are only for large and well established organizations, and also offers tips on setting up a program of your own.

Fundraising Q&A: The benefits of monthly giving

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
February 27, 2012

Why organizations should consider setting up a monthly giving program.

Funding: The next generation

Written By: Jodie Shupac
February 27, 2012

Find out how the Ontario Trillium Foundation partnered with the Laidlaw Foundation and Tides Canada to explore ways of supporting youth engagement and grassroots youth organizing beyond simply giving dollars.

Need a little guidance?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
February 20, 2012

The Canada Revenue Agency's new guidance on fundraising is scheduled to be released in March 2012. We've got all the highlights here.

Against the 'tyranny of cheerfulness': A review of Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Written By: Lee Rose
January 30, 2012

A review of the film Pink Ribbons, Inc., directed by Léa Pool and adapted from Samantha King's 2006 book of the same title.

Get your 2012 events on Facebook now

Written By: Jayne Cravens
January 23, 2012

If you're not using Facebook Events to advertise your nonprofit's upcoming events, you're missing out on a key advertising opportunity.

A day in the life: Corporate relations and marketing

Written By: CharityVillage
January 19, 2012

CharityVillage®'s A Day in the Life series gives you a glimpse into the professional lives of people working in a range of jobs in the nonprofit sector. This month we'd like to introduce you to Julia Silvestri, corporate relations and marketing coordinator at the Yonge Street Mission.

Me and my corporation: A tale of interest and impact

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
January 16, 2012

Corporate partnerships come with their fair share of complexities, questions and concerns. But, as a growing number of nonprofits choose to bed with the private sector, obviously benefits abound as well. So how does the sector find the right balance in its marriage with corporate Canada?

Governance Q&A: Communicating administration costs

Written By: Jane Garthson
January 3, 2012

Since we value honesty, but donors and funders don't want to support administration costs, how can we ethically define and report on administration costs?

Seven social fundraising stories for the holidays

Written By: Claire Kerr
December 19, 2011

In the crowded crush of direct mail, television appeals, print campaigns and email blasts, it's not always easy for a digital campaign to stand out. Some organizations have stepped up to the challenge and are reaching out to online communities. Be inspired by these seven stories of holiday fundraising on web and social channels!

A day in the life: Special events manager

Written By: CharityVillage
December 15, 2011

CharityVillage®'s A Day in the Life series gives you a glimpse into the professional lives of people working in a range of jobs in the nonprofit sector. This month we'd like to introduce you to Janice Achampong, the manager of special events at The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

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?

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