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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.

Isn’t it time for a new story? Innovative approaches to nonprofit storytelling

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 29, 2015

Increasingly, organizations are getting past numbers and data, turning to new approaches to storytelling to demonstrate their impact.

Playdates & discussion groups: Creating safe spaces for nonprofit professionals to tackle challenging issues

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 15, 2015

Working in the nonprofit sector is rewarding but can bring a unique set of challenges. We profile two Canadian initiatives attempting to meet these challenges head on.

Giving, Volunteering and Participating: Latest survey results from Statistics Canada

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
April 8, 2015

The new Giving, Volunteering and Participating Survey has just been released by Statistics Canada. We break down all the important information in this article.

Investing in the nonprofit sector: The Social Impact Bond makes its Canadian debut

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 5, 2014

Social Impact Bonds are the latest social finance tool to catch the interest of the Canadian nonprofit sector. But are they all they're cracked up to be?

Focusing on shared value: The changing nature of nonprofit and business partnerships

Written By: Susan Fish
August 13, 2014

Partnerships between nonprofits and businesses no longer revolve around funding applications and donation cheques. Instead, nonprofits and businesses are focusing on shared value.

Deconstructing Philanthropy: Why Canadian charities suck at mobile fundraising

Written By: Holly Wagg
December 3, 2012

Canadian charities are rapidly falling behind their European counterparts when it comes to mobile giving. Why?

Judge labels third-party fundraising as a ‘necessary evil’ in recent decision

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 12, 2012

What implications does this Ontario court decision hold for charities and third-party fundraisers?

A funny thing happened on the way to the (Social Finance) Forum

Written By: Benita Aalto
November 1, 2012

An advance look at the Social Finance Forum coming up November 8-9, 2012.

Bin there, donated that: The state of charity shops

Written By: Benita Aalto
October 31, 2012

Charity thrift shops are increasingly appealing to the wider consumer public. What's their secret?

Beyond bake sales: Two perspectives on workplace giving

Written By: Brock Smith
October 8, 2012

The evolving, complex nature of workplace giving campaigns.

Canadian donors say they have more to give

Written By: Cygnus Applied Research, Inc.
July 30, 2012

In her third annual Cygnus Donor Survey, author, researcher and fundraising expert Penelope Burk has found a lot to get excited about.

Forward Thinking: Why taking out a loan may benefit your nonprofit

Written By: Brock Smith
July 18, 2012

A profile of the Community Forward Fund, an Ontario organization that makes loans and arranges financing for Canadian nonprofits and charities.

Trend Watch: What’s new in the world of online giving

Written By: Sondi Bruner
June 29, 2012

Find out the latest trends in mobile and online giving.

Paper balloons and McHappy miracles: Does point-of-sale philanthropy actually work?

Written By: Jodie Shupac
June 26, 2012

Is point-of-sale philanthropy a successful way of engaging new donors?

Championing sustainable financing: Progress following the National Summit

Written By: David Venn
June 19, 2012

What progress has been made since Imagine Canada's National Summit six months ago?

Deconstructing Philanthropy: The fossilized newsletter?

Written By: Fraser Green
June 10, 2012

Is there still a place for print in 2012? Does your full-colour glossy mailer get read from cover to cover or tossed in the blue bin with barely a glance?

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.

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?

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