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…”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.