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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?

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?

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?

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.

Funders support and seek out co-location models

Written By: Jodie Shupac
June 28, 2011

The current post-recession hangover has left the sector particularly vulnerable, causing funders to take a more active approach in seeking out innovative — and cost-cutting — collaborative setups.

New results from the 2011 International Gift Planning Survey

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 7, 2011

In October 2010, CharityVillage® and Give Green Canada jointly launched a survey to gather information about a subject in dire need of more data: bequest opportunities for the international charitable sector.

Demystifying mobile giving: How it works and can work for your nonprofit

Written By: Sumac Research
February 8, 2011

Is there some use for mobile giving for smaller organizations? This article cuts through the hype to see mobile giving for what it is: a unique tool with a great deal of potential.

Keep your donors and stakeholders close to you

Written By: John Suart
January 18, 2011

In nonprofit marketing, a great deal of the time and effort goes into finding new donors, volunteers and supporters, causing many nonprofits to ignore their existing stakeholders.

Mobile will change everything

Written By: John Suart
December 20, 2010

Mobile is the future of nonprofit marketing.

The giving (r)evolution

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 8, 2010

There's a palpable evolution that's affecting how we give, what we give, who gives and what we expect in return. It's a topic that will be addressed in an upcoming event on November 16th hosted by Social Venture Partners Toronto (SVP Toronto). Titled Toronto's Changing Face of Philanthropy, speakers will include Aditya Jha, Helen Burstyn and Salah Bachir.

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