The Otherside of Giving Back

“…the organization was unable to demonstrate that the first installment of the donation was used in accordance with his foundation’s goals… “We deeply regret that things have come to this point… We awarded the funds in good faith and expected results that were in keeping with the guidelines we agreed upon…”


14 Measurements Every Charity Should Track

You may determine particular measurements carry more weight of importance over another due to the nature of your organization’s purpose and operating model. Implicit in the list is the need to correlate data sets of one to another or multiple sets, therefore I encourage you to examine them collectively.


It’s Fundraising Season!

School events, sponsorship drives, workplace donor appeals, apple days, Thanksgiving food drives, mail campaigns and holiday giving requests are a few of the donation requests most households will experience between now and December.

Feeling like you are facing a tsunami of requests? Here are some tips to get through the season.

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Tips to Improve Board Health

Boards who demonstrate healthy team behavior are more likely to have stronger relationships with management, make better decisions, attract and retain board talent and lead more socially impactful organizations. I have outlined below what I think are helpful tips to develop more effective, healthier governance teams.

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25 Ways To Celebrate International Youth Day 2016

Help celebrate this day and the many days to follow in support of youth at home and around the world.


Research Proves Invaluable For Charities

Charities and nonprofits need to adapt to the new reality brought about by today’s accelerated social and economic change. By arming all stakeholders with sound, reliable information found through third-party research you can help ensure they are acting in the best interest of the organization.

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Raising Charitable Children

Raising charitable children is a journey, set by our example and deliberate lessons that reinforces our shared values of empathy, compassion, trust and a commitment to community. These values shape the character of our children and serve as the foundation for them to become charitable in their words and deeds.


Not Your Typical American Holiday

Admittedly, I had some reservations as I planned my route through 10 states lodging in campgrounds, hotels and with friends in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. This wasn’t my first trip to the USA, rather about my 30th, but unlike others I wanted to learn what was on the minds of everyday Americans.

As a self-proclaimed US election junky I could hold my own in the conversation and share my Canadian perspective on current events. At no time did I feel or hear a panic about a collapsing economy or about a country in chaos, rather I learned about compassion for the families affected by recent tragedy, a need to improve race relations and a desire to institute gun reform. These were thoughts from charitable people grappling with and if their government was willing to lead the change.


Selecting Your Charity of Choice?

The benefits of taking a planned approach to your charitable giving is that it allows you to demonstrate your financial commitment to one or more social causes while living within your personal budget. For the charity, it can represent the forming of a longstanding partnership where donors and charities are making a shared, sustainable commitment to a solving a social problem.


We’re Launching Our New Brand

Charitable by Choice is excited to launch its new brand inspired by the iconic Alstroemeria flower, commonly known as the Peruvian Lily.

The Peruvian Lily symbolizes a devotion and mutual support between family, friends and community and serves as a reminder to us all the importance of being caring and charitable. It encourages the building of new relationships to branch out and develop a healthy social support network. Something Charitable by Choice inspires everyone to do every day.