Category: Money Matters

4 Essential Tools All Fundraisers Need

“…what is the vision/mission/purpose of the organization, what was the strategy to achieve the vision and mission, governance structure, what were the objectives for the year and what was accomplished (including challenges, risks, issues), financial and non-financial highlights and what is the organization’s plan moving forward…”

“Transparency and accuracy of the reporting is essential in telling the charity’s story and building trust amongst stakeholders and donors.”

Donate Cash Carefully This Holiday

Admittedly, I have in the past dropped cash in kettles, coin boxes and the hands of canvassers throughout December without question of how the donation will be handled or what level of direct impact will made upon the social cause.

One Reason To Support HIV And AIDS Organizations

“Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues. The top three causes of death among adolescents are road traffic injuries, AIDS-related illnesses and suicide.” – WHO and UNAIDS, October 6, 2015

New Financial Literacy Education Policy – Opportunity or Threat?

The Ontario Ministry of Education reports “approximately 700,000 students attend more than 850 publicly funded secondary schools in Ontario.” With these sizable numbers the significance of a Ministry policy and standardized financial literacy curriculum is profound and I imagine it will present unprecedented opportunity and threat for the Ontario [aforementioned] charities related to policy, access to schools, fundraising and the recruitment of volunteer mentors to deliver their programs.

A Time to Remember, A Time To Give

On November 11, Canadians will pause at 11:00 o’clock to remember the fallen men and women who lost their lives in wars dating back to the First World War. Remembrance Day is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Canadians to continue to enjoy the freedoms we value.

This is also a time to give.

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…”

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.

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.

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.

8 Tips For Charity Box Fundraising

Having managed one of Canada’s most successful programs, I am sharing 8 tips on how to execute a charity coin box program. After reflecting on these tips you may find this fundraising option is the right one for your charity.