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Stunt philanthropy: Walking the talk, and why it’s working

Written By: Brock Smith
May 21, 2012

Celebrities and public figures are doing more for charity than simply writing a cheque.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

Game on: Charities toy with new ideas for online engagement

Written By: Claire Kerr
November 28, 2011

You’ve may have noticed that the concept of "Gamification” is a hot topic in the technology community. What is it really, and what does it mean for charities and nonprofits?

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.

Generous to a vault: Taking your proposal to the bank

Written By: Benita Aalto
October 31, 2011

Sooner or later, your nonprofit will consider approaching a bank for support, sponsorship or a donation. To help you save time, CharityVillage® has compiled a list of Canada's five major banks, how they focus their funding, what they don't fund, how to apply and how long you should expect to wait for a response.

A day in the life: Proposal and report writer

Written By: CharityVillage
October 20, 2011

This profile describes what it's like to work as a proposal and report writer at an international NGO.

Fundraising Q&A: When a donor turns down a major gift opportunity

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
September 26, 2011

What do you do once a major donor turns down a gift proposal?

Driven to give: Reducing the barriers to online giving

Written By: Jeff Golby
August 29, 2011

This article walks through various considerations when choosing an online platform for accepting donations.

Fundraising Q&A: Asking a friend for a major gift: Part two

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
August 22, 2011

This article helps you overcome the fear of asking a friend for a donation by outlining the six (not so big) secrets of major gifts.

Fundraising Q&A: Asking a friend for a major gift

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
July 25, 2011

This article helps you prepare to ask a friend for a major gift for your charity.

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