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Surveying the legacy landscape

Written By: Natasha van Bentum
November 1, 2010

Much research is being done in the planned giving field. This article discusses some of that research and announces a new international survey exploring the field further.

Face Time: What's in it for you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 25, 2010

Walk the streets of any major Canadian city and you may start humming the My Fair Lady tune I've grown accustomed to your face. I'm talking about street canvassers, ubiquitous mainstays of our streets, particularly when the sun is out and our boots are still buried deep inside our closets. Chances are you've even walked by a canvasser today, with clipboard in hand, a smile on his face and a welcoming offer to chat.

Face Time: What's in it for you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 25, 2010

Street canvassing — along with other face-to-face canvassing that includes door-to-door and malls — can significantly increase a charity's roster of monthly donors. In other words, it's a vital component of their fundraising strategy.

New research shows dos and don’ts of fundraising

Written By: Sumac Research
September 27, 2010

What will inspire Canadian donors to give more in 2010 and what’s making them stop giving.

Business: The better way?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 28, 2010

A profile of Michael Edwards, author of Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World. Edwards argues against allowing philanthrocapitalism to become the main approach to changing society.

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.

Uncertain times calls for certain measures: Charity fundraising in difficult times

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 22, 2010

A review of the Being Good at Doing Good: Safeguarding Yourself and Your Charity in a Complex World conference presented by the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP).

Fundraising check-up: Taking the pulse of the charitable sector

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
February 22, 2010

Wanting to check the pulse of our fierce, battle-weary, yet ever-energetic fundraisers, we brought a few together and asked: How are you faring going into 2010?

Mobile giving: The Haiti cataclysm

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
February 8, 2010

When the Haiti earthquake struck, Canadians wanted to support aid programs. And for the first time, in record numbers, they did it through their mobile devices.

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.

CSGVP 2007: Results and highlights

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 15, 2009

Based on data collected in 2007, this survey - the fourth in a series of surveys that began in 1997 with the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) - presented some intriguing statistics regarding how Canadians give of their time and money.

Humber Initiative on Philanthropy: Moving fundraising forward

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 25, 2009

On May 13th, a group of professional fundraisers descended upon the Lakeshore Campus of Toronto's Humber College for the inaugural Humber Initiative on Philanthropy.

Rolling the dice on charity lotteries

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 23, 2009

With the worldwide recession in full swing, is the charity lottery still a sure bet when donors are watching their dollars more than ever? Perhaps more importantly, is it still ethical to continue using them? According to some, the recession has actually increased participation in lotteries.

Fundraising fundamentals for the economic downturn

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 26, 2009

How is a fundraiser to stay optimistic on the job with such negative press, and a collectively depressed North American community that seems positioned to tighten its purse strings? Some leading fundraising experts urge calm.

Fundraising Q&A: Does the recession call for a bucket or an umbrella?

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
January 26, 2009

This article is about the 2009 recession and how fundraisers can weather the storm including through good stewardship practices and a major gifts program.

Donor recognition in the economic meltdown age

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 8, 2008

In the best of times, many nonprofits struggle with donor acquisition, retention, and, worst of all, lapsed donors. Now, with the North American financial markets imploding from the sub-prime mortgage fallout in the US, experts predict that voluntary sector organizations will need to refocus on the communication that truly reaches their donor populace: sincere acknowledgment based on donor-centred principles.

Fundraising in a flat world

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
August 11, 2008

Thomas Friedman, in his book The World is Flat, discusses the incredible impact globalization has had on our lives and the way we work. But what about its effect on philanthropy and fundraising?

Online fundraising: The new tools that will change the face of philanthropy

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
February 11, 2008

An outline of several companies who help nonprofits with online giving.

In god we trust...and give

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 16, 2007

When Professor Ida Berger of Ryerson University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies published a study in Voluntas last summer, the nonprofit sector received some additional discourse for their boardroom tables. The report, The Influence of Religion on Philanthropy in Canada, compared and contrasted the philanthropic behaviours of Canadians across religious groups.

Mind shifts and tweaks: The latest in online fundraising

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
March 26, 2007

Online fundraising is accessible to more organizations, and those who’ve been doing it for awhile are refining their practices. In this article, nonprofits weigh in on what has worked for them.

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