Will Tim Hortons’ Troubles Spillover To 100s Of Charities?

In 2014 Burger King and 3G International acquired Tim Hortons to form the third-largest restaurant brand in the world. Promises of operating as an independent entity franchisees expected it was, on the most part business as usual. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has always been part of the Tim Hortons DNA long before CSR was ever a thing in the nonprofit or private sector. Charitable contributions could now be in jeopardy....

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.

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.

Reimagine Your Case For Support

Today's donor wants more than a transactional relationship with a social cause, so let's shift our traditional view of the 'case for support' to a 'case for engagement'. Based on the model below, I have provided key suggestions for developing your traditional static case for support into a dynamic case for engagement. The model reflects an integrated approach using the traditional primary document along with your website, social media platforms and stakeholder engagement.

Yes! Boards Are Responsible For Fundraising

Every charity needs a healthy culture of philanthropy and this starts with the leadership behavior of each and every governance volunteer. Board members serve as role models to employees, donors and all other stakeholders and this includes demonstrating support with all facets of the fundraising cycle.

7 Tips For Evaluating Your Fundraising Gala

Embarking on the decision to host a fundraising gala your organization has created additional opportunity to advance the charitable mission beyond raising funds or friends. Great galas serve as entertainment, brand builder, engagement tool and communication vehicle. Reflecting upon all these areas with a 'learn and apply' mindset can help you improve your galas or similar events.

15 Tips for Producing a Fundraising Gala

Unless you are going for a medieval feast theme keep your theme balanced and simple so not to overshadow the purpose of your event. Themes can provide inspiration for speeches, menu, propping of the space, event visual identify and creative collateral material. Here are 15 helpful tips on how to produce a fundraising gala.