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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.

Why do we give?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 11, 2006

According to recent Ipsos Reid statistics, around 80% of Canadians give to charity every year. That means close to 25 million of us make some sort of philanthropic gesture per annum. It’s an incredible stat.

State of the Arts Nation: Philanthropy in Canada's cultural community

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 11, 2006

How often does the average Canadian reach into her pocket and make a donation to a favourite arts organization? How are arts organizations expected to thrive when faced with a highly competitive and saturated funding pool and ever-diminishing public funds?

Charitable gaming ethics and issues

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
August 28, 2006

While most people can enjoy gaming responsibly, there is mounting evidence and concern that the activity is impacting Canadian society in harmful ways. Ironic then that many charitable organizations rely on gambling revenue for their causes.

Through donors' eyes: What donors would like nonprofit organizations to know

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
July 31, 2006

We check in with four donors from different parts of the country to find out what motivates them to give and what advice they can offer to help nonprofits be strategic in their ask.

AFP's 2005 State of Fundraising Survey Results

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 24, 2006

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) published the results of their yearly State of Fundraising Survey. The good news is the 2005 report heaps praise upon Canadian fundraisers. The bad news is that the future may not be so rosy for Canadian charities seeking funds in the future.

Highlights from the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 12, 2006

Statistics Canada just revealed the results of a survey conducted in 2004, providing a comprehensive overview of how Canadians support their communities. And according to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP), there's some good news - and some not so good news.

Paper Promise: Direct mail still holding its own in the electronic age

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 17, 2006

Direct mail, in all its varied and colourful incarnations, continues to fill our mail slots, drop to awaiting floors, and give our mail carriers backaches. Yes, in this electronic age, direct mail is holding its own.

2006 election and its impact on government grant and contribution programs

Written By: Chris Frantz
January 16, 2006

General information on changes the 2006 election will bring to charities.

Don't call me, I'll call you: Implications of a national do-not-call registry

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 18, 2005

Last year, the federal government decided it was finally time to curb the number of unwelcomed phone calls the public receives. Feeling the time was ripe for legislative restraint of telemarketers, Bill C-37 proposed the establishment of a National Do Not Call Registry.

Funding Still Matters: The issue that can't be ignored

Written By: Nicole Zummach
April 18, 2005

Even though it's been almost two years since it was released, Katherine Scott's research on Canada's new funding regime and its impact on nonprofit and voluntary organizations continues to strike a chord with people.

Tsunami relief effort a watershed moment in online giving?

Written By: Maggie Leithead
February 21, 2005

Canadians donated record amounts to aid and development agencies in the wake of December's earthquake and tsunami. Tens of thousands of people also turned to the internet to make their donations for the first time.

Funder Focus: Special Edition: Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz and Imagine Canada

Written By: Melanie Lovering
February 7, 2005

An interview with Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz from Imagine Canada.

Rural roots: Making the case for small-town philanthropy

Written By: Nicole Zummach
November 29, 2004

The Rural Charitable Sector Research Initiative (RCSRI), launched in 2003, is working to better understand the issues and trends affecting the rural voluntary sector in Ontario and beyond.

Can you spare the time to change the world?

Written By: Ken Burnett
August 16, 2004

Examining the progress paradox

True caring in action

Written By: Pat Kahnert
May 3, 2004

Here some responses to a survey I once did in search of things people want and need to overcome in order to make the most of their community relationship-building efforts.

Community Foundations: A Gently Shifting Model

Written By: Monica Patten
September 1, 2002

This article reviews the history and evolution of community foundations in Canada up until 2002.

The new black millionaires and black philanthropy in the 21st century

Written By: Lisa Y. Sullivan
January 28, 2002

Over the last 30 years, black America has experienced phenomenal growth in both its business leadership class and its actual number of millionaires. These self-employed entrepreneurs and corporate executives have come to be defined by what is now acknowledged as the "New Black Power."

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