"Angus Reid Institute – in partnership with Children First Canada – reveals both older and younger generations of Canadians are calling for more assistance for youth mental health, greater action to prevent bullying, and more funding for families in poverty... and a desire for more engagement on their behalf with policymakers is evident... significant debates remain over where the money should come from, and who should oversee its distribution..."
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.
“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
In 2011, Heart & Stroke’s various provincial associations amalgamated into one national organization. This branding move is to help create a more consistent approach, including across its major fundraising programs, such as Jump Rope for Heart. The organization also teamed up with Huge in Toronto to redesign its website for a cleaner approach, also creating groups like “donors,” “health seekers,” and “volunteers” for a more personalized user experience.
“Canada needs a National Housing Strategy as a vehicle for social inclusion,” Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a written statement in the report. “Affordable housing can connect individuals with the facilities and services they need to build secure, productive and meaningful lives for themselves,” said Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Celebrating National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and in communities, as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making.
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.
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.
Over the course of the past year I have visited websites as part of my own research and professional curiosity. What became evident to me is that charities can do more to leverage their websites to provide the public with information about social impact, operations, governance and financial health. Highlighted below are 5 common areas I suggest charities focus on to ensure their website has robust content and promotes a culture a transparency.
"...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...”