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Eyes on the prize: The state of prize philanthropy in Canada

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 25, 2010

The pros and cons of prize philanthropy, where large sums of money are given to organizations that fulfil large-scale goals.

An introduction to grant reports

Written By: Brian Satterfield
May 25, 2010

No matter what the guidelines or deadlines for your particular grant, you'll eventually need to sit down and explain to your funder how you spent all those dollars and cents.

Fundraising Q&A: How to market tribute gifts and planned giving

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
February 22, 2010

This article discusses how to market memorial gifts and planned giving programs to donors.

Municipal-nonprofit partnerships: The future is now

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
September 21, 2009

Contemplating entering into partnership with a government body is something that can send shivers down the spines of executive-level staff at nonprofits and charities. But sometimes appearances can be deceiving and approaching a government - municipalities for the purpose of this article - can result in pleasant surprises, if you do it right, that is.

Fundraising Q&A: What to do after accepting emergency grant funding

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
May 25, 2009

This article discusses the problems with crisis or emergency funding and how to prove your organization is financially viable after accepting an emergency grant.

Funder stewardship: Talk is not cheap

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 13, 2009

How do grantees steward these vital relationships when granting is at a standstill? And where do they go from here?

Managing endowments during difficult financial times

Written By: Terrrance S. Carter
April 13, 2009

This article provides some ideas for what a charity can do when it has insufficient income from an endowment fund to meet its disbursement quota under the Income Tax Act.

How to take your proposals from Trash it! to Fund it!

Written By: Rachel Foster
March 23, 2009

According to a survey conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the number one complaint from foundations is that applicants submit proposals that do not match their guidelines.

Gifting securities in a down market: A new spin on an old idea

Written By: Leslie Howard
January 5, 2009

With the past emphasis on gifting appreciated securities, charities and their donors have forgotten that there can be advantages for donors to make a gift of depreciated securities as well.

Funder Focus: Dianna Waffle and the Prairieaction Foundation

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 1, 2008

An interview with Dianna Waffle from the Prairieaction Foundation.

Hosting a ‘giving circle’: Finding new donors and new dollars

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
November 24, 2008

A growing trend in philanthropy, giving circles occur when a group of donors pool their charitable dollars and make collective decisions about what causes to support. Giving circles can be an informal group of friends who meet in each other’s homes, or they can be quite formal with hundreds of members.

Christine Lasky and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 20, 2008

How will today's economic climate affect fundraising efforts? Christine Lasky speaks about the challenges of her profession.

Funder Focus: Anna Gainey and the Gainey Foundation

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 6, 2008

An interview with Anna Gainey from the Gainey Foundation.

Governance Q&A: Ending the foundation and nonprofit relationship

Written By: Jane Garthson
September 2, 2008

After a decade of supporting a charity, a funder now has different priorities and wants to end their partnership smoothly.

Governance Q&A: Redirecting funds without approval

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 5, 2008

When using a foundation's money for unapproved programs and activities, be prepared to explain your actions.

Funder Focus: Julie Toskan-Casale and the Toskan Casale Foundation

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
August 5, 2008

An interview with Julie Toskan-Casale from the Toskan Casale Foundation.

Top 10 excuses staff and volunteers use to avoid major gifts

Written By: Paul D. Ransdel
August 5, 2008

Contradictory to their duties and obligations to the organization, some staff and volunteers actually avoid soliciting major gifts. Here are the ten most commonly asserted reasons - actually, they are excuses - for not pursuing major gifts.

Giving: How each of us can change the world: A review of Bill Clinton’s recent book

Written By: Roger Breault
April 7, 2008

Clinton vividly demonstrates how giving seems to make us happier and unites us. He admits that he learned much about philanthropy from Hillary.

Funder Focus: Bruce Greyell and the Bowen Island Community Foundation

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 7, 2008

An interview with Bruce Greyell from the Bowen Island Community Foundation.

Your planned giving program on the web

Written By: Leslie Howard
March 31, 2008

How to market your planned giving on your website.

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