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Grassroots giving goes mainstream: Popular giving circles are sweeping across the country

Written By: Susan Fish
November 25, 2015

A new type of giving circle is taking the country by storm.

The next generation of philanthropists: Foundations find value in youth engagement

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 10, 2015

Two foundations are working hard to engage the next generation of philanthropists.

Getting into the Spirit of Giving with GivingTuesday

Written By: CharityVillage
December 9, 2013

Highlights from the CharityVillage team's involvement with the first annual GivingTuesday event.

A gradual impact: Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders through higher education

Written By: Rachel Kalbfleisch
October 17, 2012

Carleton University is launching a new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree and graduate diploma in the summer of 2013.

Social Finance Week: The unexpected venture capitalist

Written By: Susan Fish
July 20, 2012

Mission-related investing can offer organizations new partners whose values and work aligns with their own.

Social Finance Week: Investing in impact

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 19, 2012

The idea of impact investing is gaining momentum. What’s all the fuss about?

Philanthropy from the throne

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 4, 2012

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the rest of the Royal Family are not just about pomp and pageantry. They’re also quite charitable.

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.

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.

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?

Innovation meets tradition: The 2011 Humber Initiative on Philanthropy

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 26, 2011

The recent Humber Initiative on Philanthropy conference at the college's Lakeshore Campus was an intensive day filled with informative sessions and thought-provoking speakers.

The Giving (R)evolution

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 8, 2010

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

I pledge: Making the most by giving it away

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
August 23, 2010

Thanks to a philanthropic campaign led by two of the world's most financially blessed — Warren Buffet and Bill Gates — dozens of billionaires pledged recently to give at least half their fortunes to charity. According to estimates by Forbes magazine, that basically means at least $150 billion could potentially be committed to a range of causes.

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.

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.

Fundraising Q&A: How to choose what charity to support

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
January 25, 2010

This article offers information on how to research charities, especially through the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Guerilla Givers

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 21, 2009

This may be the season of giving, but for those of us wanting to see a true example of generosity of spirit - and not just partaking in the common exchange of mundane gifts - there is perhaps no better evidence of the human capacity for caring and charity than the folks who run GuerrillaGiving.org.

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.

Youth Philanthropy: Hope I give before I get old

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
August 31, 2009

Pardon the pun, but there's an age old question asked in almost every era of marketing: how do you capture the imagination, attention and spirit of youth? And for practitioners in the third sector, the question is a burning one, considering that philanthropy is a trait that benefits from modeling examples at an early age.